Climate crisis reprieve

Published: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Re "Climate panel urges speedier action" (Page A1, April 14) The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has again dialed back a climate crisis, pushing the possibility toward the end of this century, with temperature rise declining from 9 to 3.4 F.

Its models failed, notably in the predictions of temperature and sea level rise by factors of 2-3, despite higher CO2 emissions during the past 15-20 years.

This union of climate merchants should read Exxon-Mobil's Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040. This is the biggest, smartest energy company.

Due to energy efficiencies, they predict energy use rising only 35 percent despite a 130 percent larger global economy. Renewables, hydro/geo and nuclear will each play an increasing role, approximately 10 percent each by 2040. Natural gas will replace a large fraction of coal.

-- Paul Brady, retired professor of physics, Davis

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