Did a NOAA Research Team Solve Climate Change?

I've spent several hours over the last couple weeks interviewing Sandy MacDonald and his small research team from NOAA about a paper they published in Nature Climate Change. It is a really interesting study. Using projected costs for 2030, the study shows that the most cost effective energy system would use 80% carbon free generation. In other words, a generation system using a lot more renewables would be more cost effective than our current system, which relies most heavily on fossil fuels.

MacDonald is using the study to help make a bipartisan appeal to solve climate change. For example, there is a component to MacDonald's proposal that appeals to people who deny a human agency to climate change. 

I'll be writing two pieces on this subject. The first of which was published in the Journal Domestic Preparedness this week. And I'll let you know on my blog when the long-form piece comes out. It'll go into more depth about the personalities involved and detail the drama at NOAA behind the scenes. It's amazing, the obstacles this six person research team overcame.

Take a look at the link. This is an idea worth exploring!

Benjamin Dancer

Benjamin is the author of the literary thriller Patriarch Run, the first book in a series that will include Fidelityand The Story of the Boy. He also writes about parenting, education, sustainability and national security.

Benjamin works as an Advisor at a Colorado high school where he has made a career out of mentoring young people as they come of age. His work with adolescents has informed his stories, which are typically themed around fatherhood and coming-of-age.

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