Summary: The public policy choices we make about climate policy depend on the future that we expect. Here Roger Pielke Jr. describes an example of how climate scenarios combine needless pessimism with bizarre optimism. Both make planning more difficult and less effective. "Misusing the Future" A presentation by Roger Pielke Jr. at a symposium on ALternative … Continue reading Roger Pielke Jr.: climate science is misusing the future
Summary: The world's temperature is in the news again, showing that 2017 was another warm year. Now that it is in the record books, let's look at the more important question -- about future warming, if a new pause has begun -- and what might be the political implications. One of the most important datasets … Continue reading 2017 was warm. The next few years will be more important.
Summary: Here are brief excerpts and my comments from a speech by an eminent climate scientist. It illuminates important aspects about one of the great public policy debates of our time. He was speaking candidly to his peers, but we can also learn much from it. "Some Thoughts from a Reluctant Participant" Presentation by Richard Alley. … Continue reading A candid climate scientist explains how to fix the debate
Summary: We're told that climate change caused or intensified California's wildfires -- and that such fires are getting worse. As usual for such scary stories, these claims are only weakly supported by science -- except for the ones that are outright fabrications. See what scientists say and decide for yourself. “If we keep fighting a … Continue reading Is climate change the culprit causing California’s wildfires?
Summary: Climate activists have made polar bears "the face of climate change." This week we see how they have done so: with fake news. That they do so instead of relying on science tells us much about them -- and why they have achieved so few policy changes after 30 years of these tactics. See news about … Continue reading Starving polar bears: the fake news face of climate change