A critical discourse analysis of geoengineering advocacy

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In this paper, I examine the discursive field of geoengineering by unpacking how particular members, associates and academics allied with private institutes frame, treat and discursively construct a justification of geoengineering technologies. I begin with a brief introduction to geoengineering, followed by a discussion of relevant international agreements and an overview of critical discourse analysis. I outline several discursive strategies employed by scientific and political advocates of geoengineering to reify a particular understanding of its need. While there are multiple ways geoengineering is being framed by a wide variety of actors, I discuss the framings of the market and exceptionalism made by The American Enterprise Institute, The Climate Response Fund and The Climate Institute in detail which I then supplement by some additional material where appropriate.

Keywords: American Enterprise Institute; Climate Institute; Climate Response Fund; climate change; critical discourse analysis; exceptionalism; framings; geoengineering; market economy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2012.656377

Affiliations: School of Communication,Simon Fraser University, Burnaby,BC, Canada

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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