Category Archives: Politics

State of the climate debate in the U.S.

by Judith Curry

I am just about to head to London, to make my presentation in the House of Lords:  State of the Climate Debate in the U.S.

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Road to Paris: Tracking climate pledges

by Judith Curry

I’m working to wrap my head around the emerging UNFCCC pledges to cut carbon emissions, in preparation for the Paris meeting next December.  Here’s what I’m reading.

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The stupid party

by Judith Curry

The emergence of candidates for U.S. President in the 2016 election is raising some interesting issues about climate change.

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Nonsensus about the Senate’s non consensus on climate change

by Judith Curry

On the politicization of ‘climate change’.

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Raw politics of climate change in the U.S.

by Judith Curry

President Obama’s State of the Union address, and the reactions from opposing politicians and the media, illustrate the raw politics of climate change in the U.S.

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Georgia politicians cool to global warming

by Judith Curry

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked a dozen of the state’s top elected officials and the director of the agency tasked with the state’s environment whether they believe the globe is warming, and whether they think pollution caused by human activity is a cause.

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Climate/Energy Policy and the GOP Congress

by Judith Curry

With the Republicans in majority for both Houses of the 114th Congress, what are the implications for U.S. climate and energy policy?

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Politics of the 2C target

by Judith Curry

The modification of the 2C climate target will put an end to the vision of a “science-based” climate policy – Oliver Geden

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Big green in denial

by Judith Curry

Naomi Klein explains how environmentalists may be more damaging to their cause than climate change deniers.

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U.S. Republicans: critical thinking on climate change

by Judith Curry

The U.S. Senate Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee have issued a Minority Report entitled Critical Thinking on Climate Change.

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Pause politics

by Judith Curry

U.S. and European Union envoys are seeking more clarity from the United Nations on a slowdown in global warming that climate skeptics have cited as a reason not to “panic” about environmental changes, leaked documents show.

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JC on NPR

I have an interview tonite on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Why conservatives should love a carbon tax

. . . and why some of them do. – Ed Dolan

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Have U.S. Republicans shifted strategy on climate change?

by Judith Curry

One day after President Barack Obama unveiled a broad blueprint for reining in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and adapting U.S. infrastructure for more droughts and floods, Republicans are taking aim at the plan’s economic costs — not the science underpinning it. – Jennifer Dlouhy

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Reactions to President Obama’s Climate Change Policy

by Judith Curry

President Obama has released his new climate change policy:  Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution – Taking Action for Our Kids.

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Rep. Lamar Smith on climate change

by Judith Curry

Last week, Rep. Lamar Smith wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled Overheated rhetoric on climate change doesn’t make for good policies.  Critics are responding with . . . overheated rhetoric.

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Calling out climate change deniers in Congress

by Judith Curry

We need to work to curb climate change, and a big step is to raise our voices to change the conversation in Washington. Call these deniers out. Hold them accountable. Ask them if they will admit climate change is a problem.

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How to humble a wing nut

by Judith Curry

A central puzzle of modern American politics is why so many voters can maintain strong political views concerning complex policies yet remain relatively uninformed about how such policies would bring about desired outcomes. – Phillip Fernbach et al.

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Climate change and U.S. presidential politics

by Judith Curry

So . . .  what do the U.S. presidential candidates have to say about climate change?

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Science held hostage in climate debate

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by Garth Paltridge

The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense. If humans continue to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, there can be little doubt that the average temperature of the world will increase above what it would have been otherwise. The argument about the science is, and always has been, whether the increase would be big enough to be noticed among all the other natural variations of climate. The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the worse.

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Gore-a-thon

by Judith Curry

I was going to try to ignore Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, but I am starting to get queries from journalists.

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Climate boomerangs

by Judith Curry

A boomerang effect occurs when a message is strategically constructed with a specific intent but produces a result that is the opposite of that intent.

Both sides of the political debate surrounding climate change in the U.S. seem to be feeling the boomerang effect.

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UN Talks and Power Politics: Its Not About the Temperature

by Judith Curry

In the wake of the breaking  announcement that Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, it is instructive to took a look at what has been going on in the context of the UNFCCC.

The title of this post comes from a recent hearing from the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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Axing NOAA’s Climate Service

by Judith Curry

I have been intending to write a post on NOAA’s proposed Climate Service, but hadn’t gotten around to it.   The announcement today regarding the  final FY 2011 Appropriations deal includes language stating that none of the funds appropriated to NOAA may be used to “implement, establish, or create a NOAA Climate Service.”

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Reactions to Muller’s Testimony

by Judith Curry

Last week, Richard Muller testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on Climate Change: Examining the Processes Used to Create Science and Policy [see here].

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