Dana Nuccitelli

Environmental Scientist

Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist at a private environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento, California area.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master's Degree in physics from the University of California at Davis.  He has been researching climate science, economics, and solutions as a hobby since 2006, and has contributed to the climate science blog Skeptical Science since September, 2010.

Blog Posts

Climate of Doubt Strategy #2: Exaggerate Uncertainty

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Dana Nuccitelli

The PBS Frontline program Climate of Doubt did a masterful job in exposing the tactics climate denialists have used to delay meaningful action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change in the USA.  The #1 strategy they have pursued involves denying the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming.  As the program discussed, a similar secondary strategy has involved exaggerating the uncertainties in climate science.  For example, a 1998 American Petroleum Institute memo stated:

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Climate of Doubt Strategy #1: Deny the Consensus

Posted on 6 November 2012 by Dana Nuccitelli

The PBS Frontline program Climate of Doubt did a masterful job in exposing the tactics climate denialists have used to delay meaningful action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change in the USA.  Perhaps the #1 strategy they have pursued involves denying the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming.  As Myron Ebell of the right-wing think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) put it,

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Current climate action and the need for more

Posted on 14 September 2012 by Dana Nuccitelli

The Australian government's Climate Commission has recently released a new Critical Decade report about International Action on Climate Change.  The report notes that this decade is critical in reducing human greenhouse gas emissions, that we have all the technology necessary to do so, and examines the policies of various countries toward that end.  Their findings are summarized in Figure 1 (Figure 3.2 on Page 34 of the report).

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German Energy Priorities

Posted on 6 July 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli & Bärbel Winkler

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Germany has decided to phase-out its nuclear power plants by 2022.  Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would need to replace a substantial amount of this phased-out energy with coal and natural gas power plants.

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A Detailed Look at Renewable Baseload Energy

Posted on 28 June 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli & Mark Diesendorf

The myth that renewable energy sources can't meet baseload (24-hour per day) demand has become quite widespread and widely-accepted.  After all, the wind doesn't blow all the time, and there's no sunlight at night.  However, detailed computer simulations, backed up by real-world experience with wind power, demonstrate that a transition to 100% energy production from renewable sources is possible within the next few decades.

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Cutting Emissions and Growing the Economy

Posted on 23 April 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli

Putting a price on carbon emissions is often discussed as one of the main solutions to anthropogenic global warming.  Carbon dioxide is a pollutant and in economic theory, pollution is considered a negative externality – a negative effect on a party not directly involved in a transaction, which results in a market failure.  The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change concluded that climate change represents "the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen."

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A Plan for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Posted on 4 April 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli

We recently examined how Australia can meet 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.  Here we will examine how that goal can be scaled up for the rest of the world.

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A Plan for 100% Energy from Wind, Water, and Solar by 2050

Posted on 27 March 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli

We recently examined how Australia can meet 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020, and the Ecofys plan to meet nearly 100% of global energy needs with renewable sources by 2050.  Here we will look at another similar, but perhaps even more ambitious plan.

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Northeast USA Carbon Pricing Benefits Exceed Costs

Posted on 3 March 2011 by Dana Nuccitelli

The key obstacle to the implementation of carbon pricing in the USA is the fairly widespread myth that it will result in ballooning energy bills and cripple the economy.  These myths perservere despite the fact that as we have previously explored, economic studies consistently conclude that the costs of carbon pricing proposals are very minimal, and the benefits consistently outweigh the costs several times over.

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