Gunderson, Ryan; et al. (2018): A Critical Examination of Geoengineering. Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context
Gunderson, Ryan; Petersen, Brian; Stuart, Diana (2018): A Critical Examination of Geoengineering. Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context (Sustainability, 10).
"Substantial emissions reductions, unlike geoengineering, are costly, rely more on social-structural than technical changes, and are at odds with the current social order. Because of this, geoengineering will increasingly be considered a core response to climate change. In light of Herbert Marcuse’s critical theory, the promotion of geoengineering as a market-friendly and high-tech strategy is shown to reflect a society that cannot set substantive aims through reason and transforms what should be considered means (technology and economic production) into ends themselves. Such a condition echoes the first-generation Frankfurt School’s central thesis: instrumental rationality remains irrational."