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March 6

News

Appeals court hands oil companies victory in coastal lawsuit: Bd Cmsnr SE LA Flood Protc, et al v. Tennessee Gas (2017)

Coal Cars!!

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

Assignment

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 839 F. Supp. 2d 849 (S.D. Miss. 2012) aff’d, 718 F.3d 460 (5th Cir. 2013) –  read the case and the recusal story.

Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act – Technical Support

We are going to begin our analysis of the underpinning for Clean Power Plant Rule. Read through page 10 and skim the rest of this document. We are going to go though It is technical support for rule, which is below. This is the endangerment finding that Pruitt will have to deal with in killing the Clean Power Plant Rule. We will start on the rule next class.

Resources

Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, 74 FR 66496 Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Social Cost of Carbon

February 20

News

Pruitt questions agency’s authority to regulate carbon

The Republican Plan to Kill FEMA Might Have an Upside

No, The NOAA Never Faked Any Climate Change Data

Another look at subsidence – Fort Proctor

An alternative to the Master Plan – very interesting.

More detail on the alternatives to the Coastal Master Plan

Where is West Pointe a la Hache?

Impact of thaw and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts.

Comic relief – Climate Name Game

Assignment

Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 127 S.Ct. 1438 (2007)

Study Guide – Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 127 S.Ct. 1438 (2007)

Resources

Slides – Climate Class – Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 127 S.Ct. 1438 (2007)

Subject to revision

February 15

News

Utilities vote to close Navajo coal plant at end of 2019

This is the largest coal plant in the West. Another victim of cheap gas.

The Coastal Restoration Dog and Pony Show Feb 2017

Thursday at Lod Cook

King Tides Show Us How Climate Change Will Threaten Coastal Cities – Great short video

What is a King Tide?

This is February? 80°F in Denver, 99° in Oklahoma, 66° in Iceland, 116° in Australia | Weather Underground

Assignment

Read Chapter 5 in the Master Plan

 

 

 

January 18

Class Information

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM0uZ9mfOUI

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:

http://climatechangedispatch.com/

It might be getting warmer, but who knows why?

http://www.drroyspencer.com/my-global-warming-skepticism-for-dummies/

A thoughtful skeptic:

https://judithcurry.com/

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