Category Archives: Policy

House Science Committee Hearing – Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications and the Scientific Method

by Judith Curry

Witnesses:  John Christy, Judith Curry, Michael Mann and Roger Pielke Jr.

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Discussion thread – improving the interface between climate science and policy

by Judith Curry

I’m looking for ideas and discussion on ways to improve what I regard to be a broken interface between climate science and policy.

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Scott Pruitt’s statement on climate change

by Judith Curry

My analysis of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent statements on climate change, and the response to his statements.

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Brussel declaration on principles for science & policy making

by Judith Curry

In this age of politicization of science and activist scientists, the Brussel Declaration offers some very good advice and deserves to be widely read and discussed.

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The new ‘climate denial’

by Judith Curry

Interesting article in The Atlantic, but I’m still trying to figure out what is being ‘denied.’

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Conflating the climate problem with the solution

“one of the real tragedies that totally distorted the debate over climate change was that it got tied into the solution in a way that if you accepted the first you had to accept the second. And I think that was profoundly wrong.” – Newt Gingrich

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Ozone attainmnent

by Roger Caiazza

At this time there is quite a bit of noise about potential problems if Scott Pruitt is confirmed to head EPA because he would “hamstring EPA’s authority to set nationwide environmental standards”.

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The Trump shift

by Judith Curry

A seismic shift is occurring in a number of federal agencies.

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Rethinking the Social Cost of Carbon

by Judith Curry

The Social Cost of Carbon is emerging as a major source of contention in the Trump Administration.

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Discussion thread – Social Cost of Carbon

by David Wojick

The Social Cost of Carbon is absurd but entrenched.

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The tragedy of the horizon

by Judith Curry

Too rapid a movement towards a low-carbon economy could materially damage financial stability: a climate Minsky moment — Mark Carney

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King Canute versus the climate planners

by Judith Curry

On sea level rise, President Obama and King Canute.

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The Trumpocene

by Judith Curry

Finding common ground in the Age of Trump.

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Trumping the climate

by Judith Curry

So  . . . what can we expect from the Trump administration on environment/climate/energy?

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How to constrain the abuse of science by Federal agencies

by David Wojick

There is a recurring pattern of Federal agencies twisting science in order to support confiscatory actions. The agencies can get away with these tricks because there is a general lack of controls on how they use science when making policy, crafting regulations, etc.

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Decision theory and the doom scenario of climate catastrophe

by Lucas Bergkamp

Can decision theory help a rational person decide whether to believe in climate catastrophe?

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Senator Markey’s Climate Education Act Goes The Wrong Way

by David Wojick

The “Climate Change Education Act” (S.3074) directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish a climate change education program focused on formal and informal learning for all age levels.

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Climate policy: Fake it ’til you make it

by Judith Curry

The economic models that are used to inform climate policy currently contain an unhealthy dose of wishful thinking. Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air are assumed in the models that avoid dangerous climate change – but such technologies do not yet exist and it is unclear whether they could be deployed at a meaningful scale. – Tim Kruger

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COP21 & Developing Countries

by Robin Guenier

The Paris agreement’s failure to achieve the West’s most basic aim: that powerful emerging economies should be obliged to share in emission reduction.

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Some comments on neoskepticism

by Steven E. Koonin

Stern et al. offer “The challenge of climate-change neoskepticism” as a Policy Forum piece in the August 12 issue of Science magazine (hereafter SPSK; paywalled here).

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AMS: Weather, Water and Climate Priorities

by Judith Curry

An eminently sensible and constructive statement from the American Meteorological Society.

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Is much of our effort to combat global warming actually making things worse?

by Judith Curry

Humanity is owed a serious investigation of how we have gone so far with the decarbonization project without a serious challenge in terms of engineering reality. – Michael Kelly

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Twilight of the Climate Change Movement

by Judith Curry

Don’t be fooled by the post-Paris fanfare: The climate change movement faces big trouble ahead.

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Paris agreement: A risk regulation perspective

by Judith Curry

The Paris Agreement and, more generally, climate change policy, almost perfectly illustrate the contradictions of the post-modern industrialized world risk society, characterized by perceived threats confirmed by politicized science and governed by sub-politics beyond democratic control. – Lucas Bergkamp

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New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and Environmental Control Initiatives

.by Roger Caiazza

The excellent series of posts on energy planning by Planning Engineer and Rud Istavan, a similar series at the Science of Doom and a recent post by Peter Lang all outline the difficulties implementing renewable energy and other components of the so-called energy system of the future.

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