Author: Jason Wible

Are Exxon and IPCC both right? If yes, what does this mean for policymakers?

Twenty-six years ago, as the average LBJ student was just getting started in life, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was formed to organize the international scientific community of climate change research.  Later that same year, in July 1988, NASA’s Jim Hansen provided a now famous Senate testimony to a sweltering hot chamber.  Legend has it that congressional staffers intentionally turned off the air conditioning in the Capitol for added effect, and Dr.  Hansen told the committee, ”It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is...

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Climate Change: A non-partisan issue in Texas?

Some interesting recent polling, including work done by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, suggests a narrowing gap between California and Texas over climate change concerns. This may be surprising to many since Texas’s political leaders take a hard line on restricting greenhouse gas emissions compared to public leaders in the Golden State. Governor Perry’s attorney general, Greg Abbott, has sued the Environmental Protection Agency 17 times, while Commissioner Shaw of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has been publicly skeptical of climate change. At Texas Tribune Fest Mr. Shaw suggested that carbon dioxide might not be...

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Austinites Call for City Hall to Abandon King Coal

“Coal is dead.  Fund the future.”  This was the message from the Sierra’s Club’s Dave Cortez at Austin City Hall this Saturday.   On a blue bell Saturday afternoon, around 75 Austinites gathered on the steps of City Hall for a rally with nationally organized roots. A national campaign organized under the umbrella of the environmental group 350.org brought together a diverse set of organizations on Saturday.  Members of the Sierra Club, 350.org, local churches, and even local political organizations came together with common ground:  Opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and demanding the city of Austin make use of clean...

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