This is good news. The American administration appears to have been reading the Hartwell Paper [PDF] and The Climate Fix. My science policy mentor Roger Pielke Jr. discusses the implications of the newly released Obama advisors’ PCAST report on climate policy. Roger has very good reason to be pleased with the shift towards effective policy:
(…) Overall, while there are a few differences in tone and nuance, the report of PCAST represents an emerging, pragmatic perspective on climate policy that has been years, if not decades, in the making. Perhaps our efforts have contributed in some small ways to helping shape that agenda. Of course, good ideas are the offspring of many proud parents.
“Many proud parents” indeed. Now there’s just the small problem of implementation – which depends on leading the world away from the failed Kyoto-style feel-good policies towards attention to the Kaya Identity and spending a tiny fraction of GDP on energy innovation to foster what Bill Gates terms “energy miracles”.
Do read Roger’s whole essay. And if you’ve not already read the Climate Fix I can’t recommend it highly enough. As I wrote a while back in A Primer on How to Avoid Magical Solutions in Climate Policy, “Kyoto is not one of these policies”.