The 'science' of global warming, part 2

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  • Context and clarity are needed to understand the UN IPCC's latest report on climate change.

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Context and clarity are needed to understand the UN IPCC's latest report on climate change.

In late September, the media rushed to judgment in its reporting on the new United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Yesterday and today, The American examines the fine print, with essays by environmental scientist Kenneth Green and economist Benjamin Zycher.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) Summary for Policymakers (SPM), and in terms of this official view of climate science, the beginning of wisdom is straightforward: it is a political document first and a (partial) summary of the scientific literature only secondarily. That is the only conclusion consistent with the following "Disclaimer" published on the IPCC website:

The Summary for Policymakers will be released on Friday, 27 September 2013. The accepted Final Draft of the full Working Group I report, comprising the Technical Summary, 14 Chapters and three Annexes, will be released online in unedited form on Monday 30 September. Following copy-editing, layout, final checks for errors, and adjustments for changes for consistency with the Summary for Policymakers, it will be published online in January 2014. (Emphasis added)

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Benjamin
Zycher
  • Benjamin Zycher is the John G. Searle Chair and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on energy and environmental policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

    Before joining AEI, Zycher conducted a broad research program in his public policy research firm, and was an intelligence community associate of the Office of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State.  He is a former senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a former adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the California State University Channel Islands, and is a former senior economist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.  He served as a senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers, with responsibility for energy and environmental policy issues.

    Zycher has a doctorate in economics from UCLA, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.

  • Email: benjamin.zycher@aei.org
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