We came across a pair of interesting, but somewhat involved reads this week on the interface of science and science policy when it comes to climate change. We’ll give you a little something to chew on from each one, but suggest that you ought you have a look at them at length to appreciate them in full.
A new study finds no consistent change in the character of flood events across the U.S. and concludes that any global warming influence is not generally evident.
In mid-August a slow moving unnamed tropical system dumped copious amounts of precipitation in the Baton Rouge region of Louisiana. Reports were of some locations receiving over 30 inches of rain during the event. Louisiana’s governor John Bel Edwards called the resultant floods “historic” and “unprecedented.” Was it?
Hurricane Hermine didn’t live up to her media hype, was global warming responsible for her underwhelming performance?
There was an interesting stream of articles this week that, when strung together, provides a pretty good idea as to how the scientific literature on climate change can (and have) become biased in a hurry.
A group called New America argues that mobility should be universal and suggests that everyone be given an income tax credit or, if they pay no taxes, a direct subsidy to help them own an automobile. Before taxing the rich to help the poor buy cars, progressives should first ask what government barriers already exist to auto ownership and travel.
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By Chris Edwards. Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 74. February 17, 2016.
By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger. Working Paper No. 35. December 15, 2015.
By James M. Sallee, Sarah West, and Wei Fan. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 38. November 11, 2015.
By Robert P. Murphy, Patrick J. Michaels, and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger. Working Paper No. 33. September 4, 2015.
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