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Supplement to the Polluter Pays Principle: The Do Nothing Approach

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Matthew Taylor

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M.Sc. Philosophy and Public Policy
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In “Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change,” Simon Caney argues that the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP) is not sufficient for addressing the burdens of climate change, so he proposes a “hybrid account” which supplements the PPP with two further “ ‘ability to pay’ principles” (APPs) (2010 p.136). I argue that Caney leaves the APPs unmotivated. Instead, I propose a “do nothing approach” (DNA) that leaves the PPP incomplete in the ways Caney highlights. Sections one and two provide an overview of Caney’s arguments. Section three asserts that Caney does not provide sufficient argumentation to support the APPs. Section four argues in favour of the DNA. Section five considers three objections. Ultimately, the DNA is intended to be a refinement of Caney’s hybrid account rather than a rejection of it insofar as the DNA keeps the APPs but reduces them to supererogatory duties.

How to Cite: Taylor, M., 2011. Supplement to the Polluter Pays Principle: The Do Nothing Approach. Rerum Causae, 3(1), pp.45–57.
Published on 01 Jan 2011.
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