• Jeremy BaskinEmail author


This Chapter takes a deep dive into understandings of solar geoengineering (SGE) today, in an effort to understand attempts to stabilise and normalise it as a concept. The focus is on three things: epistemological and knowledge choices, questions of values and ontological ordering, and the relationship of SGE to power and the powerful. In particular, a critical eye is cast on the elevation of the ‘techno-scientific’ in institutional assessments of SGE, the invocation of ‘emergency’, the elevation of cost-benefit thinking, the narrowing of ethical debates, and the implications of SGE for capitalism and geo-political ordering. In each case the analysis shows how contradictory forces and imperatives cohabit, in ways which restrain SGE’s normalisation.


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