Sunday, March 04, 2007

IPCC: Climate policy or Energy Policy?

If the IPCC were truly focused on the Climate, why would they ignore the rest of human forcings of climate and concentrate purely on CO2? Land use has a tremendous impact on both weather patterns and measurements of weather data, which are then extrapolated into today's climate models. And human emissions of substances other than CO2 (eg aerosols) affect the atmosphere on a global scale.

One answer is that the IPCC is really a policy group focused on energy usage, specifically hydrocarbons (although curious observers would also investigate the preferred status of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the Kyoto Accord). And if your real focus is on eliminating the use of fossil fuels, all those other forcings are merely distractions.

Here is an interesting commentary.

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