Feb 1, 2007: Jeremy Grantham’s “Rant on Oil Dependency, Global Warming, and a Love of Feel-Good Data”

“Jeremy Grantham, chairman of a Boston-based fund management company, in his quarterly letter to clients includes a commentary on the United States’ policy toward climate change, particularly that of the current administration. One of Grantham’s clients happens to be Vice President Dick Cheney. In his piece, titled “While America Slept, 1982-2006: A Rant on Oil Dependency, Global Warming, and a Love of Feel-Good Data,” Grantham writes, ;Successive US administrations have taken little interest in either oil substitution or climate change and the current one has even seemed to have a vested interest in the idea that the science of climate change is uncertain.’”

From here

Grantham has kept it up. In November 2012 he wrote another piece, in Nature,  that is well worth your time – “Be persuasive. Be brave. Be arrested (if necessary)

Even more context: The question of why businesses that are going to be affected by climate change (as in, all of them) haven’t been more active on the climate issue is an interesting one. See, for example, Jeremy Leggett’s The Carbon War on the (too) weak efforts of the insurance industry before and after the Berlin COP of 1995 in the face of fossil fuel/automobile interests (Global Climate Coalition, the Climate Council). See also Guy Pearse’s “High and Dry”. Pearse had wondered why non-fossil business interests (insurance, but also agriculture, tourism etc) were not more active in Australian climate politics. His PhD on this topic formed the basis of his excellent book “High and Dry”, which is essential reding for anyone who wants ot understand how Australia got into such a horrific mess…

Other things that happened on this day:

1989 Colloquium on Global Change and International law: The Greenhouse Effect, University of Colorado School of Law

2005 Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: A Scientific Symposium on Stabilisation of Greenhouse Gases”

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