The director of the program, Anthony Leiserowitz, was explaining how President Obama’s focus on climate change in the past couple of years likely helped move global warming up a notch in public concern. He said Obama’s push is “part of the reason why global warming is No. 6 on the priority list among liberal Democrats and it wasn’t there before.”
Zoom in on these words: “Global warming is No. 6 on the priority list among liberal Democrats.”
If that’s the case for the sector of society most worried about climate change, it gets harder to justify attacks on debate moderators for failing to squeeze it in, no matter what you or I think.
In the end, climate change shares characteristics with other momentous issues humans tend to tuck away — mortality being an example.
The Oil-Climate Index (OCI) was developed to alert public and private stakeholders to the full array of oils’ climate impacts from various perspectives, with an eye toward informing investment, development, operations, and governance of the oil supply chain. The index provides new knowledge that these stakeholders can take into account to make more informed, strategic, and durable decisions about oil development, operations, and infrastructure planning. For instance, it can be used to analyze public policies to reduce oils’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The OCI is an analytic tool that estimates and compares the total life-cycle GHG emissions of individual oils—from upstream extraction to midstream refining to downstream end use. It also highlights variations in the GHG emissions profiles of different oils in different stages of the supply chain. Oils that are in production as well as prospective resources can be modeled. As the characteristics of oil changes, the OCI enables stakeholders to compare diversifying oils’ GHG footprints and to plan ahead to mitigate the climate impacts of tomorrow’s oils.