Download e-book for iPad: Environmental Skepticism (Global Environmental Governance) by Peter J. Jacques

By Peter J. Jacques

ISBN-10: 075467102X

ISBN-13: 9780754671022

'Environmental skepticism' describes the perspective that significant environmental difficulties are both unreal or unimportant. In different phrases, environmental skepticism holds that environmental difficulties, particularly worldwide ones, are inauthentic. Peter Jacques describes, either empirically and traditionally, how environmental skepticism has been prepared via as a rule US-based conservative imagine tanks as an anti-environmental counter-movement. this is often the 1st e-book to investigate the significance of the united states conservative counter-movement in international politics and its which means for democratic and in charge deliberation, in addition to its value as a mal-adaptive undertaking that hinders the world's humans to upward thrust to the demanding situations of sustainability. particular attention is given to the specter of the counter-movement to marginalized humans of the realm and its philosophical implications via its dedication to a 'deep anthropocentrism'.

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There is an expectation that values will not be foisted but offered fairly with individuals left to choose on their own. In these institutions, when there is a controversy, balancing norms are triggered and the institutions feel compelled to treat each side as having equal credibility and potential merit as a way to maintain fairness through non-interference. , 36 Environmental Skepticism university) scientists. Thus, to treat skepticism as deserving equal attention simply because we do not want to violate liberal norms is not only imprudent, it stems active discussion and action, and is therefore a democratic problem.

At this time, the environmental skepticism counter-movement was brought front-andcenter to the conservative movement, probably to replace anti-communism. Further, as McCright and Dunlap (2003; 2000) have shown, skeptics and CTTs took advantage of the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 as a critical moment to inject skeptical scientists into climate change testimony in Congressional hearings and discussions. Framing and the Context of Interaction The next aspect of the analysis here on the counter-movement focuses on cultural framing.

These movements were often based in protecting extractive industry and land use, private property, and local decision making. The principal claims of these movements were that environmental protection or levels of protection or specific kinds of protection were against the public interest. Of course, when we look at the Wise Use Movement’s defense of extractive uses, motor sports on public land, and private property interests, it is not hard to tease out the private interests behind this claim for public interest, and in this way the Wise Use Movement, as Switzer correctly notes, has never really had the popular traction of the environmental movement, nor will it.

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