Climatic Change

, Volume 122, Issue 1–2, pp 1–9

Slave ownership and fossil fuel usage: a commentary



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.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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