Maintenance Required: The Ethics of Geoengineering and Post-Implementation Scenarios

Maintenance Required: The Ethics of Geoengineering and Post-Implementation Scenarios

In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 17 (2), 186-191.

The ethics of geoengineering has gained momentum in recent academic debate. The current debates, however, is typically framed in terms of (i) the first-order question about the moral permissibility of geoengineering, and (ii) the second-order question about the distributive and compensatory issues associated with geoengineering. Both (i) and (ii) are central to decision-making about geoengineering, but they have not covered all ethical issues related to geoengineering. I argue that a preoccupation with (i) and (ii) may lead to an oversight of post-implementation scenarios (PISs), which introduce different ethical issues relevant to decision-making on geoengineering. More specifically, I use the requirement of maintenance for geoengineering as an example to draw attention to PISs, and to illustrate the limit of the existing discussion in the ethics of geoengineering.

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