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William O'Keefe: October 2009
CEO, George C. Marshall Institute

William O'Keefe: October 2009

William O'Keefe is CEO at the George C. Marshall Institute, a think tank that promotes better use of science in public policy. He is a former COO at the American Petroleum Institute.

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Avoid subsidies as incentive

The promise of nuclear energy is like the horizon, it recedes as it is approached. Proposals to move rapidly from fossil energy for electric power generation to low and no carbon power are predicated on a resurgence of the nuclear...

By William O'Keefe | October 28, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Offsets create complications

The issue of "offsets" is complicated. In the short run, they can slow the growth in emissions but they are not the equivalent of cutting emissions. And, in the long run, they are likely to create more problems than benefits....

By William O'Keefe | October 21, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Operating as Hypotheses

In science, there is always some level of doubt, which is why scientists try to falsify an accepted theory and in doing so advance our understanding and produce new knowledge. Only in climate science is questioning and skepticism not considered...

By William O'Keefe | October 14, 2009; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (30)

Debate, Not a Nobel Prize, Should Impact Agenda

It would be unfortunate if the rationale cited by the Nobel committee in awarding this prestigious prize to President Obama gave increased momentum to his climate agenda. What we need is a more vigorous and open debate on policy options,...

By William O'Keefe | October 10, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Copenhagen, Focus on Realistic Possibilities

President Clinton failed to send the Kyoto Treaty to the Senate for ratification because the Senate had already indicated by a 95-0 vote that it would not approve a treaty that exempted developing countries and which would damage our economy. ...

By William O'Keefe | October 4, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

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