Going Rogue: Russ George and the Problem of Governance in Geoengineering
Visionary dreamer? Manic-depressive? Incorrigible sociopath? Whatever the individual diagnosis, the phenomenon that is Russ George urges us to consider the question of governance. If the only thing that’s left is Plan B, nation states are not going to be the only actors. That would be hard enough, given the troubles we see in reaching, and further troubles then enforcing, international agreements, treaties, protocols. But the problem of governance goes far beyond that, from the potential for action by a coalition of nations deciding to act without global consent, to the potential for action by non-State actors of various kinds, from, possibly, private corporations down to and including (as the case of Russ George shows) rogue individuals.
In this paper I review the evidence on how the world has dealt – or, more exactly, failed to deal -- with Russ George. I then ask: What can we learn from the failure to control him about the problem of governance if the world’s nations at some point start think that geoengineering is the only option left to them?