The NAM and Climate Change

By January 23, 2007Global Warming

Regular blog readers know there’s a lot written in this space on global warming, particularly taking issue with the hysteria of it all and the one-sidedness of the coverage. There is clearly another side to the story, one that is seldom reported. We like to point that out. We’re not scientists, but then, neither is the Union of Concerned Scientists, but they get a big opinion, right? What the hey.

In any event, in the lead-up to the State of the Union speech, there’s lots of chatter about whether the President is going to say anything on the topic of climate change. We get lots of press calls on it, wondering what our view is on this controversial and complicated topic.

For the record, here’s an Executive Summary of the NAM policy position on climate change. You can see that it stresses consideration of science (remember science?), technology and economic growth, a fair balance, we believe — for this or any topic:

The NAM believes that climate polices be developed considering their effect on the nation’s energy, economic competitiveness, national security, agriculture, labor, transportation, immigration, social security, housing and other environmental and social policies. Because climate issues touch on all aspects of the economy, they can only be successful if they are developed using the best elements of sound-science and economic analysis.

Economic growth will necessarily be accompanied by an increase in energy production and use. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook projects economic growth to average 3.2 percent annually over the next 25 years, with a much faster growth rate expected in countries such as China and India. The use of fossil fuels and other energy sources will increase apace. However, by advancing more efficient and cleaner technologies to improve coal combustion and conversion to other energy forms, economic advances will occur, fewer energy resources will be consumed, and more secure energy supplies will be available to the United States than would otherwise be the case.

Domestically, the United States should pursue a technology based action plan that includes a broad portfolio of energy options, and a recognition that addressing climate change requires a long-term technology based approach. Internationally, the United States must continue to lead the move to technology based solutions that will result in a global reduction in the rate of growth in emissions while enhancing national security, promoting economic growth and social advancement.

The NAM supports forward-looking policies embracing innovative measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity while at the same time promoting a sound economy, job creation, and a reliable energy supply.”