Baked Alaska, Anyone? The Race to Save (or Cook) the Planet

Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, addresses attendees at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage, AK on 8/31/15. Climate Science & Policy Watch has all eyes on Alaska this week, as President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the region. As a rare treat, he will [...]

Introducing the Next Phase of Rick Piltz’s Climate Science Watch Program: Climate Science & Policy Watch

Rick Piltz accepting The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling in 2006. Source: The Ridenhour Prizes. Today we are launching the next phase of Rick Piltz’s legacy program, which he outlined for GAP President Louis Clark and me before he passed away last fall. As you are likely well aware, in 2005 Rick courageously blew [...]

Remembering Rick Piltz

We provide here a listing of notable blog posts, articles and other statements about Rick Piltz published since 18 October 2014. We will update this list regularly, so check back.  Material is listed in reverse chronological order.  If you wish to alert us to something not on our list, please submit a link to the [...]

R.I.P. Rick Piltz

Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch The founder and director of Climate Science Watch, Rick Piltz, passed at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, 18 October 2014. In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position with the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to protest the Bush Administration’s political [...]

What to do about the “Social Cost of Carbon” metric? — Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or any cost-benefit approach, in making project-by-project decisions on U.S. government permits creates a bias in [...]

What to do about the “Social Cost of Carbon” metric? — Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles and power plants. A federal judge recently rejected a proposed coal mine expansion in Colorado [...]

Keystone XL pipeline decision postponed again — need for pressure continues

The Obama administration has once again postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, likely delaying a final decision until after the November 2014 elections. It seems clear that the anti-pipeline campaign initiated in the heartland and sparked as a national issue by our civil disobedience demonstrations at the White House in 2011 continues to [...]

2018-10-26T13:16:16-04:00April 19th, 2014|Activism, Obama Administration|

Harvard faculty letter: divest university from fossil fuels

“Our University invests in the fossil fuel industry: this is for us the central issue,” 100 Harvard faculty members have written in a letter to the President of the university. They say: “Our sense of urgency in signing this Letter cannot be overstated. … Divestment is an act of ethical responsibility, a protest against current practices that [...]

2018-10-26T13:16:29-04:00April 11th, 2014|Activism, Science-Policy Interaction|

Keystone is about more than one pipeline

“Environmentalists have decided that enough is enough,” says Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona). “Keystone is about more than one pipeline. It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. … Anyone who believes it is unfair to make Keystone a litmus test of Mr. [...]

2018-10-26T13:17:09-04:00February 27th, 2014|Activism, Energy, Obama Administration|