Lecture 19 (Climate Change: Move to Action (Winter 2008))

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{{#if:Lecture 19 starts with the relationship between scientific investigation and policy. Scientific investigation produces both "knowledge" and an estimate of "uncertainty" about that knowledge. In the absence of some compelling external situation, the uncertainty can always be used to keep policy from converging. This introduces the concept of needing some type of "catalyst" to motivate the formation of policy. (This also suggests an "uncertainty fallacy," the idea that reduction of uncertainty is the key to policy formation.) This lecture also suggests that economics stands in much the same relationship to climate policy as climate science; economics is NOT the catalyst.

This lecture is the first introduction of a framework for organizing problem solving in climate change. This framework requires considering spatial scales (regional or global?), temporal scales (near term or long term (>50 years), and wealth (rich or poor).

Then the lecture considers the role of the legal system in the climate change problem. There is an introduction to the basic laws that stand at the possible foundation to build up climate change litigation. Of special interest is Massachusetts versus the EPA and the unfolding rulings that CO2 is a pollutant that can be addressed with the Clean Air Act. As of this class session, California is trying to compel the EPA to address emissions from automobiles.|== Lecture Summary == Lecture 19 starts with the relationship between scientific investigation and policy. Scientific investigation produces both "knowledge" and an estimate of "uncertainty" about that knowledge. In the absence of some compelling external situation, the uncertainty can always be used to keep policy from converging. This introduces the concept of needing some type of "catalyst" to motivate the formation of policy. (This also suggests an "uncertainty fallacy," the idea that reduction of uncertainty is the key to policy formation.) This lecture also suggests that economics stands in much the same relationship to climate policy as climate science; economics is NOT the catalyst.

This lecture is the first introduction of a framework for organizing problem solving in climate change. This framework requires considering spatial scales (regional or global?), temporal scales (near term or long term (>50 years), and wealth (rich or poor).

Then the lecture considers the role of the legal system in the climate change problem. There is an introduction to the basic laws that stand at the possible foundation to build up climate change litigation. Of special interest is Massachusetts versus the EPA and the unfolding rulings that CO2 is a pollutant that can be addressed with the Clean Air Act. As of this class session, California is trying to compel the EPA to address emissions from automobiles.|}} {{#if:Powerpoint Lecture 19|===Lecture Link=== Powerpoint Lecture 19|}} {{#if:* Uncertainty and Divergence of Policy Development

  • Motivators, catalysts for policy
  • Spatial scales and time scales
  • Law / Litigation
    • Massachusetts versus EPA|===Lecture Outline===
  • Uncertainty and Divergence of Policy Development
  • Motivators, catalysts for policy
  • Spatial scales and time scales
  • Law / Litigation
    • Massachusetts versus EPA|}}

{{#if:Supreme Court: Massachusetts versus EPA

Sigman: Liability and Climate Policy|== Assigned Reading == Supreme Court: Massachusetts versus EPA

Sigman: Liability and Climate Policy|}} {{#if:Massachusetts Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court

US Govt Response to Massachusetts Petition|== Relevant Reading == Massachusetts Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court

US Govt Response to Massachusetts Petition|}} {{#if:University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2007)|== Foundational References == University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2007)|}} {{#if:|== Relevant Readings Posted by Others == {{{Relevant Readings Posted by Others}}}|}} {{#if:Law, Policy|== Topics Covered == Law, Policy|}} {{#arraymap:Law, Policy|,|q|| }} {{#arraymap:W08|,|q|| }} {{#arraymap:Relevant, Foundational References|,|q|| }}



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