Author profile: Rodger A Payne

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Hurricane Sandy: a Climate Change 9/11 for IR Scholars?

Rodger A Payne • Nov 27 2012 • Articles
Many discussions of global environmental politics eventually get around to this question: should analysts or activists employ doom-and-gloom language to scare people into action?

Making Sausage

Rodger A Payne • May 23 2012 • Articles
IR scholars rarely have access to real-time "insider" data on climate summits, though it is telling that virtually all of the world leaders make claims that we would have expected.

Climate Change and Godwin’s Law

Rodger A Payne • May 6 2012 • Articles
The Heartland Institute placed the above billboard along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago this past week. For $200, they bought a lot of publicity for climate change skeptics.

To Santorum et al: What would Reagan do?

Rodger A Payne • Feb 20 2012 • Articles
A group of self-proclaimed climate conservatives operates a website positing what Reagan would do about climate change, making for interesting reading.

The US is Not a Climate Outlaw?

Rodger A Payne • Nov 21 2011 • Articles
n all, the US record on climate change is very far from perfect. On the other hand, imperfect states are not generally viewed as outlaws. The US has long been engaged with the international community on climate negotiations, it has been reducing emissions growth for more than a decade, and has pursued a number of domestic policy initiatives.

Is the US a Climate Outlaw?

Rodger A Payne • Oct 30 2011 • Articles
With less than 5% of the world's population, the U.S. manages to emit nearly 20% of greenhouse gases. While Barack Obama's election seemed promising to many environmentalists, it seems clear nearly 3 years into his term that the real U.S. position on climate matters is not all that much better.

Scaling down climate action

Rodger A Payne • Jun 29 2011 • Articles
International climate negotiators have sought a top-down "grand solution" to climate change that is not easily attained, for all kinds of reasons. Indeed, over the past few weeks, several actors have taken promising steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These have not exactly been below the radar, but they do suggest that more-and-more groups recognize the need for diverse kinds of climate action.

China and the Green Energy Future

Rodger A Payne • May 28 2011 • Articles
While environmentalists are rightly very worried about the effects of mining and burning the world's remaining coal reserves, many are now just as concerned in the post-Fukushima world about the safety of nuclear energy. Prior to this year, nuclear power was increasingly viewed as the most feasible near-term alternative to coal-fired electricity.

Protestant Doubt about Climate Change

Rodger A Payne • May 6 2011 • Articles
Last week, in his regular religion column for the Louisville Courier Journal, journalist Peter Smith discussed the results of a recent survey about climate change. As per usual in the U.S. context, the survey asked whether particular people believed in global warming -- as if the science on this question was not largely settled.

American Doubt

Rodger A Payne • Dec 18 2010 • Articles
Many Americans doubt climate change science. Consider the results of a poll released in October by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. The poll, called Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change, conducted from June 24 - July 22, surveyed over 2000 Americans about “how the climate system works, and the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming.”

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