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The Forecast On McAuliffe’s Revived Climate Commission

July 3, 2014 in Economics

By Patrick J. Michaels

Patrick J. Michaels

Hazy, with a 100 percent chance of nothing. That’s the confident forecast we can make concerning exactly how much effect Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s newly re-established climate commission will have on climate change.

Let’s start with the temperature. The governor tells us that “Virginia has the opportunity” to be a leader in “finding creative ways to mitigate climate change in the future”

If Virginia’s carbon dioxide emissions went to zero today, the amount of global warming that would be prevented by the year 2100 would be somewhere around 3 one-thousandths of a degree Celsius. That’s using the EPA’s own model for calculating the effects of various global warming policies. Specifically, that would be the Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse-Gas Induced Climate Change and, yes, Virginia, the acronym for it is MAGICC.

Unfortunately, the amount that Virginia can ‘mitigate’ climate change is none.”

Unfortunately, the amount that Virginia can “mitigate” climate change is none.

MAGICC further shows that even if the entire United States cut its emissions to zero, the warming saved is 0.14

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