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Carbon in the Atmosphere and Power in America: Climate Change as State-Corporate Crime

NCJ Number
Journal of Crime and Justice Volume: 36 Issue: 2 Dated: July 2013 Pages: 153-170
Ronald C. Kramer
Date Published
July 2013
18 pages
This paper examines the nature and effects of climate change, and how these harms might be considered as a criminological topic.
Climate change caused by anthropogenic global warming is the most serious social problem, most important political issue, and greatest moral challenge the world community faces today. This article contends that the political failure of the U.S. Government to act to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and the socially organized denial of climate change that shapes that failure, can be conceptualized as state-corporate crimes. After a brief description of the nature and effects of climate change and a consideration of how these harms might be conceptualized as a criminological topic, a political economy theoretical analysis of the failure to reduce carbon emissions and the denial of climate change that impacts that failure is presented. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.