THE CLIMATE QUESTION THAT NOBODY WILL ASK DURING THE 2020 ELECTION
Behold the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Climate Communications Initiative plan…
The CCI Priorities
The Advisory Committee identified four priority activities for the National Academies to focus their CCI efforts and resources in order to accomplish both goals.
** Priority 1: Development and implementation of a systematic approach to understanding,
** Priority 2: Development of mechanisms and platforms to ensure content is user-centric—timely, relevant, current, and accessible.
** Priority 3: Engagement in proactive collaborations with other vetted organizations to increase the impact and reach of the National Academies’ climate-related work.
** Priority 4: Establishment of institutional structures and support to advance and sustain other CCI priority activities.
Framework for Making Decisions About Responding
The National Academies should establish a framework to help guide the process for determining when and when not to respond.
For any decision-support tool used, consideration of the following criteria should be incorporated:
** The moment involves a significant or a direct mischaracterization of a National Academies’ climate consensus study report: This may be considered an almost automatic “yes” decision on whether to make a response, although direct contact with the source of the mischaracterization may be considered more effective, especially as may be the case for a political official.
** The moment is relevant to the National Academies’ core role as an “adviser to the nation” on climate science: For example, if a statement took place in front of a key audience (such as a congressional audience or a federal decision-making body) or the person or group making the comment is likely to influence the views of an important segment of the population.
** It is appropriate for the National Academies to respond: Responding would not damage the National Academies’ reputation as a non-partisan, objective broker among political, ideological, or scientific factions. No quick response should undermine the National Academies’ brand or their credibility and authority. Would it be more appropriate for others, such as committee members, volunteers, and NAS, NAE, and NAM members to respond to the moment instead?
** The National Academies are uniquely positioned to productively address this moment about climate: For example, the National Academies’ expertise and role give it the authority and credibility to address the moment for the audiences who are listening.
** The moment has climate science, engineering, or medicine at its core, rather than a difference of opinion over policy: The subject of the discussion or debate hinges on the understanding of climate science rather than being mostly influenced by political or other factors.
** A timely response to the moment will help quell or prevent false information about climate from spreading without an evidence-based counterpoint: For example, if the information is false or misleading and has the potential to misinform public understanding of a climate-related issue; it is made in a highly public decision-making venue (e.g., Congress) or platform or by a widely influential person or group; or the medium in which it was provided lends itself to going viral (such as a viral social post) in a way that undermines or damages public understanding.
** The moment has engendered widespread discussion and debate about climate: For example, the moment is receiving high levels of public attention.
** It is a teachable moment for the National Academies to provide scientific facts and one that may encourage people to seek understanding about climate science: For example, people are actively seeking information on the issue and may be open to information that may not agree with preconceived notions.
** The moment has occurred in the context of an election: If the moment occurs in the context of an election, a response may be more or less desirable, depending on the situation. Added attention may provide a teachable moment, but a more charged political climate could pose a risk for the institution to appear partisan. These situations would require additional scrutiny.
Excerpts from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as published by the National Academies Press as “Climate Communications Initiative Strategic Plan (2019).”
What is the probability that the bureaucracy and special interests will reverse course to explain to the American people how they wasted more than a trillion dollars pursuing a political agenda based on specious and unproven science?
So they are gearing up to look, sound, and feel authoritative – based on a one-sided view that disallows participation from well-credentialed and knowledgeable scientists and others who are asking the poohbahs to show them how to detect and measure man’s climate signal amid the natural variability of climate, to justify their computational analysis of a chaotic system like the unpredictable stock market, and, to allow contrarians to openly debate authority figures in an open forum.
We are so screwed.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS