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Lecture 4

ENEP426 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: James Hansen, Keeling Curve, Green Economy

Energy and Environmental Policy
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Scattone Raymond

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70% believe climate change is happening
36% US citizens viewed climate change as a major issue
Disconnect between science and Policy
Science can informs us on climate change, Validity, predict impacts, causes of
climate change, potential solutions
Science alone is not enough, and alone can not solve the problem
What else do you need?
Ecological Rationality - understanding what's happening in the
environment and how our behavior contributes to it
Political will- movement in the direction of change
When comes to climate change there is a science and Politics problem
Climate control
Policy actor - why/ what would make you confident in science
Number of scientist, experiments
Integrity of the research
Where is the funding coming from
Other things
relevant of the issue problem
Is it a concern of the public
Is it a concern of your constituents
Short election cycles
House 2 years
Vested interests
Some groups that may be threatened if we did something about CC
Oil companies
Economic concern
Coal industry
Animal agriculture- while agriculture industry
Transportation industry (cars)
Some labor unions
Some of the Electricity sector
US manufacturers
Our current lifestyles
Need to drop 80% of carbon dioxide in air by 2050
Politicians are elected because of money and votes
Can make the science vague, uncertain, delay, or ignore - called Science
No longer about the quality of the science, but about the implications of
the science
Climate control threatens
Democracy- Have to have a fully knowledgeable citizenry
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