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Should oil and gas companies release their cleantech patents into the public domain?
Oil and gas companies should release their cleantech patents into the public domain because humanity has a moral obligation towards future generations.
Releasing cleantech patents into the public domain will minimize the risk of future generations living lives which are characterized by suffering.
Future citizens are of equal moral worth to citizens that live in the present.
Since future people
currently exist, we do not have any obligations towards them.
Since future generations do not yet
we should not assume what their preferences may be.