Clingerman (2022): Thinking negatively about negative emissions technologies: the via negativa, carbon thinking, and climate ethics

Forrest Clingerman IN: Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2022).

Following a brief description of the “way of negation” as a theological method and a discussion of NETs and carbon removal, this essay suggests three lessons for ethical and political discussions of NETs: the need to use the phrase “NETs” as a metaphor, the inseparability of negative and affirmative proposals in climate policy, and the recognition that the phrase “NETs” is used as a practice of thinking, not a technological object for deployment.