In American Heat, Donald Brown critically analyzes the U.S. response to global warming, inviting readers to examine the implicit morality of the U.S position, and ultimately to help lead the world toward an equitable sharing of the burdens and benefits of protecting the global environment. In short, Brown argues that an ethical focus on global environmental matters is the key to achieving a globally acceptable solution.
Donald A. Brown is director of the Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy and former program manager for United Nations Organizations at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of International Environmental Policy.
Part 1 Preliminary Matters Chapter 2 Absence of Ethical Concern Chapter 3 History of U.S. Participation in Global Warming Negotiations Chapter 4 Environmental Ethics and Global Warming Policy Chapter 5 Global Warming, Ethics, and Foreign Policy Chapter 6 What Is At Stake? Global Warming's Threat to Human Health and the Environment Chapter 7 Uncertainty in the Scinece of Climate Change Part 8 Ethical Analysis of U.S. Excuses for Lack of Action on Global Warming Chapter 9 The Ethical Duty to Reduce Emission in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty about Global Warming Consequences Chapter 10 U.S. Obligation to Act Even if the Developing World Does Not Chapter 11 Ethical Issues Entailed by the Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis-Based Arguments Made In Oppositition to U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs Chapter 12 Ethical Problems With the U.S. Insistence on Its View of the Kyoto Flexibility Mechanisms Part 13 Other Global Warming Ethical Issues Chapter 14 An Equitable Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions among Nations Chapter 15 Ethical Dimensions of a Greenhouse Gas Atmospheric Stabilization Target Chapter 16 Conclusion: Some Additional Issues Chapter 17 Glossary