Climate crisis reprieve
04/14/2014 12:04 PM
04/15/2014 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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