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Wim Carton. Photo

Wim Carton

Senior Lecturer

Wim Carton. Photo

“Fixing” Climate Change by Mortgaging the Future: Negative Emissions, Spatiotemporal Fixes, and the Political Economy of Delay

Author

  • Wim Carton

Summary, in English

Models suggest that climate change mitigation now depends on negative emissions, i.e. the large‐scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This assumption has been criticised in the climate policy literature for being unfeasible and unjust. This article asks how critical scholars can make sense of, and contribute to these debates. It suggests that negative emissions can be conceived of as a spatiotemporal fix that promises to defer the devaluation of fixed capital. But the negative emissions example also challenges us to broaden our conception of how the socioecological contradictions of capitalism can be “fixed”. I outline three ways in which it does this by highlighting the significance of a predominantly temporal fix, the role of hegemonic, sociopolitical interventions involving multiple actors, and the possibility of safeguarding existing production processes. I conclude that spatiotemporal fixes to climate change should be seen as part of a wider political economy of delay in devaluing carbon‐intensive accumulation processes.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Pages

750-769

Publication/Series

Antipode

Volume

51

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

  • Political Science

Status

Published

Project

  • Negative emissions and the politics of a projected future: Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), political economy, and the responsibilisation of climate research

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0066-4812