Roger Pielke, Jr. is a professor of environmental Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. So it says at his profile for Nate Silver’s website. This leaves out Pielke’s singular mission to act like a stuck drum brake on the wheel of climate progress, but does suggest idea why Silver would pay him to contribute to the ‘science’ section of his website. So far as I can tell Pielke has done that exactly once, and not well. Since then, unless you count one correction-slash-defense of that first misfire, Pielke has written Gladwellian articles about sports. Why? Who knows. We could throw chicken guts on a rune-marked flagstone to determine whether someone at ESPN reminded Nate that Pielke is attracting the kind of publicity their marketing ogres do not enjoy, or Nate personally jerked Pielke’s leash out of embarrassment or if Pielke just generally likes sports. But who cares. It fits the site better and it’s a lot harder for Pielke to serve cthulhu with columns about golf.
Not that Pielke has forgot about ol’ cthulhu.
Pielke has a letter in today’s Financial Times about the economics of emissions caps – something I know a fair bit about – that abundantly confirms his bad reputation.
[…] Pielke isn’t claiming that it’s hard in practice to limit emissions without halting economic growth, he’s arguing that it’s logically impossible.
Well that saves energy. Instead of dismissing each climate mitigation policy as it comes along, just write off the entire concept! How you can make that argument and deny that your purpose in the world is basically to be a stuck drum brake on the wheel of climate progress is a mystery to me, but if you paid me enough I guess I could find a way.