The CNN weather news video contains an interview with climatologist Richard Alley. He is interviewed and gives some analysis and commentary on Obama’s new climate-change plans. This video was added to the CNN website on June 25, 2013. It aired on the Amanpour TV show.
This is a summary of some of Alley’s main points. The segment is about 8 minutes long.
Richard Alley says the energy system is huge. It amounts for 10 percent of the economy and is more than $1 trillion per year in the United States alone. He says economists say that you don’t change something like that fast. You take small steps.
My Comment: Right from the start, this seems an odd thing for a scientist to say. The comments above are a political statement, not a scientific statement. So I am already skeptical of this guy’s motives. Why is a natural scientist couching his comments in political instead of scientific terms?
Nonetheless, Alley says Obama’s initiatives, such as reducing carbon from existing factories, is a good starting point. But then he says you have to do it with a “gentle hand.” My gosh, who is this guy? He is talking like a politician again, not a scientist.
And this is one of the guys on a team that won a Nobel Peace Prize? Well, Obama won it, too, for doing absolutely nothing. So we know the standards that organization has fallen to.