2022-06-06 Michael Mann ethics and rules of climate tinkering

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): "New panels want to talk ethics, rules of climate tinkering" by Seth Borenstein (@borenbears) for the @AP: https://apnews.com/article/climate-politics-science-and-environment-f336496afcb0af423da2572c9c88ff7e

w/ comments from me and others (a thread) 🧵

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): Here are my detailed responses to various questions about the proposed "ethical framework" which provides fuller context for the short quotes/paraphrases of me in the article.

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 1. Is this necessary and why or why not? 2. Do you think an ethical framework will encourage, discourage hasten, or slow climate intervention and why or why not?

Reply: (links to the 2 op-eds & book: https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/576279-geoengineering-we-should-not-play-dice-with-the-planet/ & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/22/climate-crisis-emergency-earth-day; https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/michael-e-mann/the-new-climate-war/9781541758216/) https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1533919784810815499/photo/1

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 3. What issues do you think need to be addressed?

Reply: https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1533920542910296065/photo/1

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 4. Is there a particular intervention that especially concerns you?

Reply: https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1533921194755465224/photo/1

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 5. Who should make the ethical decisions/guidelines? And is it fair for one group to make decisions for everyone?

Reply: (a) Nobody and (b) No.

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 6. How would such guidelines be enforced?

Reply: https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1533921910685323267/photo/1

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 7. What are the benefits of setting up an ethical framework like this?

Reply: https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1533922359291351042/photo/1

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 8. What are the downsides of setting up an ethical framework?

Reply: See above.

Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann): 9. Will doing this essentially signal giving up on mitigation, the reduction of emissions to keep warming to 1.5C since pre-industrial times?

Reply: indeed. See my comments about this above.

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