[Virtual] C-PREE Bradford Seminar with Marc Fleurbaey, "The Green Liberal Dilemma in Climate Policy"

Date & Time Apr 13 2020 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Location Video Webcasts
Via Zoom
Speaker(s) Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Princeton University
Audience Open to the Public, Registration Required
This seminar will be broadcast over Zoom. For details, please visit: https://cpree.princeton.edu/events/virtual-green-liberal-dilemma-climate-policy.
Registration required to receive Zoom access.


This lecture is part of the David Bradford Energy and Environmental Seminar Series, organized by the Center for Policy Research on Energy and Environment. The seminars highlight scholars and practitioners from various fields working on critical research related to science policy. We invite speakers to share new research they are working on, focusing on important policy-relevant issues. Since its inception in Fall 1999, this series has hosted many speakers who are influential in science & environmental policy. Attendance by Princeton students, faculty and staff is encouraged.

About the Seminar

Can one coherently want to protect the climate and prioritize the worse-off at the same time? Climate impacts will be mostly in the future, when the economy is wealthier. Therefore, should future generations pay for adaptation or should the present generation mitigate for the sake of its richer descendants? In this talk I examine three ways in which inequalities bear on climate policy: 1. How does the distribution of climate impacts and mitigation/adaptation costs matter for the social cost of carbon? 2. Should carbon pricing be uniform or differentiated across development levels? 3. What are the relevant burden-sharing options?

Marc Fleurbaey is Robert E. Kuenne professor at Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values). He is the author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, CUP 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, CUP 2011), and Fairness, Responsibility and Welfare (OUP, 2008). He was a coordinating lead author for the IPCC 5th Report, and one of the initiators of the International Panel on Social Progress (and lead author of its Manifesto for Social Progress, CUP 2018).