Posted on February 20, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
‘The wild west of wind’: Republicans push Texas as unlikely green energy leader
American Eletric Power Company, Inc. v. Connecticut, 131 S.Ct. 2527, 180 L.Ed.2d 435 (2011) – Study Guide
This case will take on special significance if the EPA loses the ability to regulate GHGs.
Native Vill. of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 696 F.3d 849 (9th Cir. 2012)
Read through  – the majority opinion. We will discuss how this case applies AEPC. We will read the concurrence next class.
Background on Alaskan Villages
Video: Alaskan Village Copes With Real-life Impacts of Global Climate Change 9-minute segment of NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS) about Shishmaref, Newtok, and Kivalina, AK. July 10, 2008.
Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief In Order To Relocate
The Village That Will Be Swept Away
The US Climate Litigation Database
Take a look at this before class. I will use it to talk about private climate litigation before we talk about AEPC and Kivalina. I am linking to the original site because this is continually updated.
Posted on February 16, 2017 and filed under Uncategorized.
Posted on February 13, 2017 and filed under Uncategorized.
Posted on February 9, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
A Conservative Case for Climate Action
Interesting column on cost-benefit analysis in rulemaking, with a focus on climate change.
Now that you have the jargon on rulemaking to appreciate the news, we are going to back the sea level rise in Louisiana to set the stage for our discussion of mitigation (reducing GHGs) and adaptation (figuring out how to live with climate change). The Louisiana exercise is important because we are in LA and because it is a good way to get a sense of the changes that are in store for coastal areas around the world.
Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast – 2017 Draft
Read the Executive Summary and Chapter 4. I want you to get enough background on the that you can compare to reality when I go through the geology and hydrology of the Mississippi Delta.
As you read this, look carefully at the maps and try to sort out the land building projects – the public face of the plan – from the levee projects. One of our questions will be whether the land building is just a pork barrel spending project and the only protection in the plan is through levees.
Mississippi Delta Cycle Slides – Part 1
Joshua D. Kent, Louisiana’s Height Modernization Efforts. National Height Modernization Partner’s Meeting, Mobile, Alabama (2014)
Posted on February 6, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Posted on February 3, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Why Nobody Cares the President is Lying
Cultural cognition from the point of view of a conservative radio talk show host with second thoughts.
Changes to EPA’s Page on Federal Collaborations on Climate Change
Data quality act and the EPA WWW site
G.O.P. Hurries to Slash Oil and Gas Rules, Ending Industries’ 8-Year Wait
The methane flaring and leak rule is a big climate issue.
Climate Science Denial Shifts to a New Tactic Among Trump Appointees
California’s approach to sea level rise
Variability in climate over the past 2000 years
Initiative Aims to Help Cut Losses from Extreme Weather Events
Read this short piece and look at the risk graphic from the World Economic Forum. The full report: The Global Risks Report 2017 12th Edition. This is not assigned but it is a good resource on global risks, including political risks.
The Little Ice Age
We are looking at this because it is important to the climate change skeptic narrative. It is real, and it shows the importance of other factors than CO2 in climate.
The Little Ice Age – Literature Review – skim
The Little Ice Age – Overview and Video – read and watch video
2000 Years of Drought Variability in the Central United States – skim
The Effect of Sea Level Rise on Coasts
We are now starting our deep look at sea level rise and coasts, the most predictable effect of global warming.
Jennifer Howard et al., Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation, 15 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 42–50 (2017)
While this is a technical publication, it is mostly aimed at policy makers, not scientists. Read it to get a sense of the carbon sequestration role of wetlands and marine systems and the implications of their failure. Skip the technical parts you do not understand.
Natural Cycles and the Mississippi Delta
Posted on January 30, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Proposed Budget Cuts
“At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
Same reading as last class. We are going to discuss the risks from climate change as outlined in the IPCC report.
IPCC Graphics Topics 2&3 Edited
Posted on January 26, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Posted on January 24, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Posted on January 19, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017.
Climate Change Law in the News (check back for breaking news)
The New White House Page on Climate Change
An America First Energy Plan
We will discuss this in class.
Kahan, Dan M., Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem (June 25, 2014). Advances in Pol. Psych., 36, 1-43 (2015). (SSRN-id2459057: Edited for presentation)
We are going to start our discussion of climate change by looking at the cultural cognition problem – what shapes people’s beliefs about scientific issues? Do the people you disagree with just not know the facts?
Read this article through page 37. This research explores the critical distinction between what a person knows and what a person believes, or put another way, what a person knows as opposed to who the person is. This has important implications for communicating information about controversial subjects such as climate change. It is also fundamental to trial practice: you have to persuade jurors to believe your story, not just know your story.
The article is well written, but can be heavy going. Pay attention to the graphs. Look carefully at the section that discusses why telling people that 97% of scientists believe something is not a good way to get them to change their mind.
There is a section on climate change beliefs in south Florida starting on page 33. I disagree with the author here on using this as an example of a community that has accepted climate change despite their political divisions. My question: are you really accepting climate change/sea level rise if the actions that you take in your plan cannot work if sea level rises? This has direct application to Louisiana.
Posted on January 7, 2017 and filed under Spring 2017,Uncategorized.
All the assignments will be posted to this blog. Check before class for breaking news updates. I reserve the right to use class participation points.
Seating – this is a small class in a big room. Please sit toward the center on the first few rows.
Climate in the News
Earth on the edge: Record breaking 2016 was close to 1.5°C warming
President Obama’s Last Piece on Climate Change
The Extremes of the Climate Debate
We are all going to die – soon
From Season 3, Episode 3 of Newsroom:
Is this so crazy? See: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/11/climate-desk-fact-checks-aaron-sorkins-climate-science-newsroom
It is just a liberal plot:
It might be getting warmer, but who knows why?
A thoughtful skeptic:
Evaluating science in the media
The Canadian House Hippo
The Impact of Global Warming on Louisiana
Sea level rise is the major global warming threat to coastal Louisiana and New Orleans. We are going to have a representative from NOAA in class to talk about the effects of relative sea level rise on coastal Louisiana.
Tim Osborne: The Realities of the Coast and It’s Populations
Please review these articles before class:
Scientists say Louisiana’s latest projections for coastal flooding are grim, but realistic
With gloomier estimates, should coastal plan look further than 50 years?
As we will discuss later in the course, even these articles overstate the possibility of coastal restoration. For example, the best evidence is that river diversions will not build land at all:
Pictorial Account and Landscape Evolution of the Crevasses near Fort St. Philip, Louisiana