Slave ownership and fossil fuel usage: a commentary
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- Rönnbäck, K. Climatic Change (2014) 122: 1. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0998-7
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In a recent, thought-provoking article, Jean-François Mouhot argues that there are many similarities between historical slave ownership and present-day fossil fuel usage. For that reason, Mouhot believes, members of modern fossil-fuel-dependent civilization should not feel morally superior to slave owners. While it is easy to sympathize with Mouhot’s intentions of furthering a transition to sustainable energy use, some arguments made in the article are in need of refinement.