The fantasy of carbon offsetting
Environmental politics, 2021,Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 1069-1088
WATT, Robert, The fantasy of carbon offsetting, Environmental politics, 2021,Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 1069-1088 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69869
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Carbon offsetting has been beset by problems and failures, and relies on the mobilisation of supportive discourses and knowledge-claims to retain a sense of credibility. Psycho-analytical ideology critique can help explain how these processes interact with questions of subjectivity. Analysis of interviews with carbon offset market practitioners suggests that identification with carbon offsetting is only partial, and that it is sustained through disavowal, through trust in the authority of the Other, and through desire for carbon offsetting’s unrealisable promises. It is important to grapple with the fantasy that sustains carbon offsetting in order to better understand, and indeed contest, its enduring appeal and its continued inclusion in climate governance.
Published online : 3 Feb 2021
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69869
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1877063
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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