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Slaves to Oil
EPRG Working Paper 0921
WJ Nuttall
This paper summarises and reviews scholarly and political comment
that draws parallels between the current policy challenge of large-scale
greenhouse gas emission reduction and the challenge in the late
eighteenth and early nineteenth century of slavery abolition. Parallels
are drawn at several levels including: the nature of the political
discourse; the relationship between an ethics-driven societal shift and
economic interests; the role of enabling technological change and the
relationship of slavery/environmental policy to geopolitics and the use of
military force. Noting the rapid growth of reported points of comparison
between slavery abolition and greenhouse gas emissions reduction the
author's intention is merely to collect and collate such reports, rather
than critically to assess the merits, or otherwise, of such reports. It is
suggested that such criticism is best deferred until a later date. The
paper closes, however, with the observation that, just as today slavery is


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences