About Me

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updated May 2019

Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001, where he teaches and writes on a diverse range of policy and governance issues related to science, innovation, sports. Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado. In 2012 Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden and was awarded the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America. In 2006, Roger received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany in 2006 for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. Roger served as a Senior Fellow of The Breakthrough Institute from 2008 to 2018. He has been a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan since 2016. Before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, from 1993 to 2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. At the University of Colorado, Roger founded and has directed the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the Sports Governance Center. His books include The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics published by Cambridge University Press (2007), The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell you About Global Warming (2010, Basic Books) and The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports (Roaring Forties Press, 2016). His most recent book is The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change (2nd edition, 2018, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes).

8 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Roger –

    Read your post on BuffZone on athlete being trained in becoming professional. It’s such a complex subject, and I thought your piece was really well done. Best take I’ve seen in quite some time. Thanks for writing it.

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  2. Mr. Pielke. Listened to your talk on Manichean politics of climate debate. It was great. Made me think a lot. I was left with a lot of questions, but the two I think are most useful for you are:
    Are you familiar with Hayek’s writing on experts in governments and administration?

    You mention democracy a lot in your talk, but as I’m sure you are aware, the US is a
    republic with a constitutional form designed to deal with the flaws inherent of democracy.
    Your position didn’t seem to be informed by any wisdom within that distinction. You seem to
    agree that majority rules on everything is the best form of government. Is that correct?

    Best Wishes
    L
    Canada

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  3. Hello Roger, and congratulations to you for the nice peer-reviewed paper, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to be included in the bibliography of the next IPCC report though!… 🙂

    Would it be possible to get a copy of it?
    Can’t find your e-mail address though… 😦

    Cheers.

    Roberto

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  4. Dr. Pielke, I’ve followed your work for some time, particularly, the work that would have to be done to achieve net-zero by 2050 (which I know is absolutely impossible.)

    I viewed a video on Youtube of a Ted Talk by David MacKay (who is an advocate for green energy BTW), in which he discusses this idea as well, that it’s basically impossible for the UK to go net-zero, even by blanketing half the entire landmass of the UK and close shore areas with windmills. In his video, he points out that, in addition to this, UK per capita energy usage would have to be reduce drastically. (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0W1ZZYIV8o)

    My question is, has anyone thought about the impacts of windmills on local weather systems? You can’t get something for nothing, and if you extract energy from wind and convert it to power, that HAS to have an impact on climate/weather. Has anyone thought of this?

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  5. Roger Pielke

    RE: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/10/27/the-world-is-not-going-to-reduce-carbon-dioxide-emissions-by-50-by-2030-now-what/#6efc481b3794

    It’s amazing how few people will do the math. Politicians have no interest in long term climate changes, only getting re-elected.

    Our own approach is through economics — developing reliable sources of clean, cheap energy. The developing nations need much more electric power, and they will select the cheapest reliable source. We at ThorCon have finished the basic design for an emission-free liquid fission power plant that generates electricity at 3 cents/kWh, cheaper than from burning coal or LNG. We expect to sell them to the developing nations that are now planning 600 GW of coal-fired plants. Indonesia is our likely first customer.

    Please explore ThorConPower.com.

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  6. Re today’s article in the New York Times:
    In 1978, Evan Bayh would have been 23 years old and ineligible to serve in the US Senate. I believe the Bayh you refer to in discussing patent development would have been his father, Birch Bayh.

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  7. Senator Birch Bayh, not Senator Evan Bayh, authored the Bayh-Dole legislation.
    Years of service in U.S. Senate:
    Birch Bayh, 1963 – 1981
    Evan Bayh, 1999 – 2011

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