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GPS Seminar: Electricity production and intergenerational justice: the case of Sweden

Tid: 2017-10-18 13:15 -- 2017-10-18 15:00
Plats: Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Lounge room, 9th floor, Niagara building, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö
Målgrupp: Alla intresserade

Anders Melin (Associate professor, GPS)
Discussant: Eric Brandstedt (Postdoc, Department of Philosophy, Lund University)

Electricity production and intergenerational justice: the case of Sweden

The production of electricity is a pre-supposition for a modern life style, but it also gives rise to issues of intergenerational justice since it can have negative effects on future humans, in the case of fossil fuel power plants and nuclear power plants also individuals living in the distant future. That we should take the impacts on future humans into account when making decisions about electricity production is supported by the fact that it is a common moral view within environmental politics that we ought to protect the environment also for the sake of future generations. However, in the political debate on electricity production it is seldom clarified what our responsibilities towards future humans are and how that should influence our choice of energy sources.

Although ecological sustainability is a key issue within energy politics in many countries, at least in the industrialized parts of the world, it can be questioned how much concern for future humans really influences political decisions. In this article I analyze what would be the consequences of taking future humans into account in a more systematic and well-considered way when choosing between different scenarios for electricity production by using Sweden as a case study.

Information on Anders Melin’s research is available at: http://forskning.mah.se/en/id/ksanme




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