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Kid’s Climate Lawsuit Dismissed on Appeal

beyond the power of an Article III court to order, design, supervise, or implement the plaintiffs’ requested remedial plan where any effective plan would necessarily require a host of complex policy decisions entrusted to the wisdom and discretion of the executive and legislative branches.

The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large.

Science Matters

Juliana et al. Vs US Federal Government is Dismissed.

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by children and young adults who claimed U.S. government climate policy put their future in jeopardy, a major blow to the high-profile case after a string of failed similar bids.

In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs, who were ages 8 to 19 when the lawsuit began, lacked legal standing to pursue their case, and that the issues they raised should be decided by other branches of the federal government.

The decision derails the potentially far-reaching case, one of more than half a dozen similar cases filed in state courts, from Washington to Alaska, by an Oregon-based youth advocacy non-profit called Our Children’s Trust.

The lawsuit had first been filed in an Oregon federal court in 2015, charging that the U.S. government’s environmental…

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The Media (and Presidential Candidates) Remain In Error On The Distinction Between Global Warming And Climate Change

Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

There continues to be a lack of clarity as to the distinction between changes in the heat content of the climate system  (global warming and cooling), and climate change,  in the media and by the presidential candidates.  There are erroneous views on the climate issue being presented.

As an example see the Washington Post article on August 19 2011 by Joel Achenbach and Juliet Eilperin titled

Climate-change science makes for hot politics

The article includes the text [highlight added]

“Four years ago in New Hampshire, campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain said to voters, “I do agree with the majority of scientific opinion, that climate change is taking place and it’s a result of human activity, which generates greenhouse gases.” He made global warming a key element of every New Hampshire stump speech.

This week in New Hampshire, the governor of Texas and newest presidential contender, Rick Perry

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The Need For Precise Definitions In Climate Science – The Misuse Of The Terminology “Climate Change”

Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

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UPDATE JUNE 17 2012

My son had an insightful discussion on this subject in his post

The Narrow Defintion of Climate Change

where he refers to two of his papers

Pielke, Jr., R.A., 2005. Misdefining ‘‘climate change’’: consequences for science and action, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 8, pp. 548-561.

Pielke, Jr., R. A., 2004. What is Climate Change?, Issues in Science and Technology, Summer, 1-4.

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The terminology in the field of climate and environmental science is filled with jargon words and the misuse of definitions. I have posted on this issue before with respect to the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in my posts

The Media (and Presidential Candidates) Remain In Error On The Distinction Between Global Warming And Climate Change

and

Recommended Definitions of “Global Warming” And “Climate Change”

To properly define these two terms…

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Second draft of Religious Discrimination Package released

Law and Religion Australia

The Commonwealth Government has released a second version of its draft legislation dealing with religious discrimination issues, for further comment before it is formally introduced into the Federal Parliament in the New Year. There are a number of important changes from the previous drafts which in my view make it a much better package of amendments. But there are areas for improvement.


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6. Policy Makers Should Wait 2-4 Years

Stigler explains the demand curve for the firm in perfect competition

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)

Books & Boots

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s there was a fashion for popular science books, and I read as many as I could, becoming better informed about the three major subjects which dominated the lists – cosmology, paleontology with an emphasis on human origins, and environmental biology.

Among them were a number of books by E.O. Wilson, particularly the brilliant Diversity of Life (1992), which gives an unparalleled sense of the wonder and diversity of the natural world, and Richard Leakey’s book, The Sixth Extinction (1995). This latter is an often quite technical account of discoveries and debates in paleontology and environmental biology which, taken together, suggest that the rate at which humanity is killing off species of animals, plants, fish and other fauna amounts to a holocaust, a global extermination, which ranks with the other Big Five mass extinction events that have punctuated the 500-million year story of life…

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Edward Prescott on the GFC

Real business cycle theory ensures the questions are correctly posed

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