Two brilliant books concerned with the morality intrinsic to energy policy. In Long Half-Life, Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society Ian Lowe demolishes nuclear energy, arguing it is indivisible from the industry’s role in weaponry, and that the issue of waste has never been solved. Political philosopher Jeremy Moss’s Carbon Justice posits we have a responsibility to recognise and combat the moral harm done by the mining and exporting of our fossil fuels. Far from being a minor contributor to climate change, he contends, our massive exports of fossil fuels make us one of its key drivers.
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Co-presented by Centre for Ideas, University of NSW.
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Prof Ian Lowe is an academic who has had a long career in universities, research councils and advisory groups. He is the author of several books, including the recent Long Half-Life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia.
Jeremy Moss is Professor of political philosophy at the University of New South Wales. His books include Reassessing Egalitarianism, Climate Justice Beyond the State and Climate Change and Justice and, most recently, Carbon Justice. He is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Ethics and the Australasia Association of Philosophy Media Prize.
Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning ABC journalist, presenter, podcaster and documentary maker. She has hosted some of ABC RN’s most popular programs, including All in the Mind, Life Matters and currently presents Science Friction.