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Power In A Warming WorldThe New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality$
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David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan R. Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029612

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029612.001.0001

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The Staying Power of Big Fossil

The Staying Power of Big Fossil

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Power In A Warming World

David Ciplet

J. Timmons Roberts

Mizan R. Khan

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the engagement of business and environmental nonstate actors in the climate regime, how their efforts have changed over time, and insights from the literature in this area. The goal is to understand how each of them influence humanity's response to climate change, through the UN process and back home in their countries of origin, and their potential to become a catalyst for more ambitious and equitable climate action. Using the dominance of fossil fuel companies as an example, the chapter shows that despite the recent diversification of business interests in the negotiations and the emergence of transnational carbon trading coalitions, fossil fuel companies still hold the most sway over states in the negotiations. It then examines the rise of carbon trading in the global market and looks at the main processes by which fossil fuel interests remain dominant.

Keywords:   climate regime, response to climate change, UN, fossil fuel, transnational carbon trading coalitions, carbon trading

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