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$2.6 Billion For Climate Research

May 17, 2014

By Paul Homewood




Sometimes I come across things by accident.

NOAA have this overview on their website of the recent National Climate Assessment. (My bold)


The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee was established under the Department of Commerce in December 2010 and is supported through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is a federal advisory committee established as per the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. The Committee serves to oversee the activities of the National Climate Assessment.

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is being conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which requires a report to the President and the Congress that evaluates, integrates and interprets the findings of the $2.6 billion federal research program on global change (USGCRP) every four years.

National climate assessments act as a status report on climate change science and impacts. They are based on observations made across the country and compare these observations to predictions from climate system models.  The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, and with this provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability.  The NCA will help evaluate the effectiveness of our mitigation and adaptation activities and identify economic opportunities that arise as the climate changes.  It will also serve to integrate scientific information from multiple sources and highlight key findings and significant gaps in our knowledge.  The NCA aims to help the federal government prioritize climate science investments, and in doing so will help to provide the science that can be used by communities around our Nation try to create a more sustainable and environmentally-sound plan for our future.




The idea that this is some sort of “independent science report” is laughable. It is a political report through and through, written and overseen by the government for the government.

And the authors certainly are not going to put at risk any of that lovely $2.6 billion research money, are they?

  1. tom0mason permalink
    May 18, 2014 8:34 am

    Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, that introduced the national Climate Assessment for President Obama and will oversee how new approachs to energy will help combat climate change.
    He was also co-authored a book back in 1972. Here is part of what he wrote then –
    (from )

    If man survives the comparatively short-term threat of making the planet too cold, there is every indication he is quite capable of making it too warm not long thereafter. For the remaining major means of interference with the global heat balance is the release of energy from fossil and nuclear fuels. As pointed out previously, all this energy is ultimately degraded to heat. What are today scattered local effects of its disposition will in time, with the continued growth of population and energy consumption, give way to global warming. The present rate of increase in energy use, if continued, will bring us in about a century to the point where our heat input could have drastic global consequences. Again, the exact form such consequences might take is unknown; the melting of the icecaps with a concomitant 150 foot increase in seas level might be one of them.

    The main author of the whole book was very influencial at the time, Paul Ehrlich.

    Chimes with what you wrote about, towards the end of your review, in HH Lamb – “Climate: Present, Past and Future” – Part III?

  2. Brian H permalink
    May 22, 2014 9:17 pm

    An expert is someone who has chosen his particular graph-wiggle to linearly extrapolate into absurdity, fame, and fortune.

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