Author Archives: Jordan Nichols

Can “Global Warming’s Six Americas” become a melting pot for meaningful action?

The United States was once called a 'melting pot,' a place where different societal elements blended to form a shared culture. Can a melting pot process emerge from the diverse range of public opinion on climate change? National survey research … Continue reading

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Obama 2.0 -- Now what?

Now that the presidential election has been decided, what’s next for President Obama and climate change policy?  Given the political constraints and the continued gridlock in Congress, what can we expect in the next four years?  A discussion on Capitol … Continue reading

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Wind back in the sails for wind energy tax credit

The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of 23 state governors dedicated to enhancing the development of wind energy in the U.S., has called on Congress to adopt the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit, scheduled to expire at the … Continue reading

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Climate cliff overshadows fiscal cliff

A recently released PricewaterhouseCoopers (or PwC) report, titled Too Late for Two Degrees?, suggests that, to meet even a goal of a 4° C increase in global mean temperatures the world must quadruple our current rate of decarbonization.  (Yes, this is … Continue reading

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"Wacky Weather" here to stay

The amount of additional heat that entered the Arctic Ocean during the the summer of 2012 due to the decrease in sea ice was approximately enough to power the United States for about 26 years.  The trillion-dollar question is: how … Continue reading

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Has climate change created a monster?

To adapt a famous quote on another subject:  you may not be interested in climate change, but climate change is interested in you.  While both presidential candidates and moderators of the debates have taken criticism for avoiding the subject of … Continue reading

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"Climate of Doubt" -- Money Buys Skepticism

PBS FRONTLINE’s “Climate of Doubt,” an investigation of the global warming disinformation campaign and its sources of support, aired on October 23 and featured a number of prominent faces that will be familiar to readers of Climate Science Watch.  And … Continue reading

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