Statement on CU Boulder Termination of its Center for Science and Technology Policy Research

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Yesterday we learned that the University of Colorado Boulder has decided to terminate its Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. As the Center’s founding director (and currently a faculty affiliate), I can characterize this decision only as baffling.

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Global Decarbonization Update

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The figure above provides an update (to 2018) on global decarbonization rates (that is, rate of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels divided by global GDP, in 2011$ PPP).

  • Annual decarbonization 2000-2018 = 1.6%
  • Implied by a 50% reduction (from 2000 emissions) by 2030 = 8.4%
  • Implied by an 80% reduction (from 2000 emissions) by 2050 = 6.0%

For details on methods and significance, see The Climate Fix (2010).

The Misuse of RCP8.5 Often Involves a Sales Pitch

matilda-worst-used-car-salesmen-harry-wormwood-760x429-1As I’ve frequently noted, the misuse of RCP8.5 is pervasive. While there are some legitimate uses of high forcing levels in exploratory research, that is not what I am referring to here. Below, an example of RCP8.5 being put to use in a consulting sales pitch, which then finds its way to a Reuters news story about the real world, taking the misuse of RCP8.5-as-BAU into broader circulation. Posted here just so I have it …

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