Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting

Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting. In Environmental Politics, pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1877063.

"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."


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