December 20, 2008

Tierney Raises Some Apt Issues [6:37 pm]

I like John Holdren (although I don’t really know him all that well), and I believe he’ll be a good science advisor, but I think that the issues that Tierney raises in this blog posting (Flawed Science Advice for Obama?) are ones that anyone involved in science & technology policy should always be mindful of — it’s why I assign Pielke’s papers in ESD.10.

Dr. Holdren is certainly entitled to his views, but what concerns me is his tendency to conflate the science of climate change with prescriptions to cut greenhouse emissions. Even if most climate scientists agree on the anthropogenic causes of global warming, that doesn’t imply that the best way to deal with the problem is through drastic cuts in greenhouse emissions. There are other ways to cope, and there’s no “scientific consensus” on which path looks best.

You can find quite a few of Pielke, Jr.’s papers here

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