Targeting Fossil Fuels: The Political and Economic Case
From the Stop Adani campaign to the divestment movement, recent years have seen a surge in political activism targeting fossil fuels. Partly in response to this, governments in growing numbers are introducing policies directly targeting fossil fuel activities, including strategies to phase-out coal-fired power generation, bans on new oil and gas exploration, and fossil fuel divestments from sovereign wealth funds. In turn, new international networks and platforms are emerging to facilitate international cooperation on such policies—for instance, the Powering Past Coal Alliance, launched in November 2017. All of this activity is contributing to the emergence of nascent global moral norms against fossil fuels.
Drawing on a suite of recent publications on supply-side climate policy, “anti-fossil fuel norms”, the normative foundations of climate policies, and fossil fuel bans, Fergus Green and Richard Denniss will explain the political and economic logics behind this new wave of collective climate action.
Dr Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. Dr Denniss is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Adjunct Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.
Fergus Green is a researcher at the London School of Economics & Political Science. In 2014–2015 he was a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Nicholas Stern at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. He is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne (BA/LLB hons.) and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.