Fossil Fuels, Global Warming and Democracy
Fossil Fuels, Global Warming and Democracy: A Report from a Scene of the Collision
Perspectives vol 10
The tenth in the series (released September 2014), Fossil Fuels, Global Warming and Democracy: a report from a Scene of the Collision was authored by Dr Kevin Taft – Canadian author, commentator and former political leader.
What happens to democracy when the fossil fuel industry collides with global warming?
That's the question Dr Taft poses then unpacks in his absorbing Perspectives paper for the Whitlam Institute. Dr Taft situates his examination of Alberta as a 'petroleum economy' within a broader theory of petrostates. Taft argues that in this new kind of petrostate, democracy is caught between the need to respond to global warming and the demands of the fossil fuel industry.