27 Sep '11, 6pm

A Climate Analyst Analyzes His Own Approach to CO2 - NYTimes.com

A Climate Analyst Analyzes His Own Approach to CO2 - NYTimes.com

The bulk of Rob’s new paper is actually about why the “community” of activist scientists has failed to push governments to do much on climate change. That’s the right question (if oddly buried under the headline “wedges reaffirmed” since the simplicity of policy claims such as “wedges” is actually part of the problem). Before we do a lot of self-flagellation let’s remember that this is a really hard problem to solve. When you look at real economics (as opposed to fantasy visions that deep cuts are possible just with a few mouse clicks) and real geopolitics you have a problem that is structured to fail—it requires near-term policy efforts that are costly with uncertain future benefits, it depends on sustained action when the reality is that governments waver as issues come and go, and it requires international collective action. My view is that better policy strategies can ...

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