Fascinating Climate Policy PhD of a Member of the European Parliament

Roger Pielke, Jr. has a new blog – and he had a post yesterday which lifted my spirits considerably.

It’s a doctoral paper by Eija-Riitta Korhola, who also happens to be a Member* of the European Parliament. Those parts that I’ve read warmed the cockles of my skeptical heart. She is as unimpressed with the Kyoto Protocol as readers might have noticed, I happen to be!

Title: The Rise and Fall of the Kyoto Protocol – Climate Change as a political process.

Excerpt from Abstract: “To sum up, it can be said that the Protocol has not met the expectations. There are many reasons for this. The climate problem has been assumed to be more one-dimensional than it is in reality – a wicked problem – which has led to excessive simplification.”

*UPDATE: Unfortunately, it seems that Dr. Korhola is no longer an MEP, which is most unfortunate. But she does have a blog: http://www.korhola.com/en/blog/

The Climate Fix

Eija-Riitta Korhola is a rare politician. She is a long-serving member of the European Parliament from Finland as a member of the European People’s Party, the largest block in the legislature. She has also recently completed an academic dissertation for a PhD in a policy field that she specializes in – climate policy. I can’t recall ever hearing of another politician completing a PhD while in office. Rare indeed.

Korhola’s dissertation is titled, “The Rise and Fall of the Kyoto Protocol: Climate Change as a Political Process” and can be found here in PDF. It makes for fascinating reading. Below are a few excerpts from the preface.

On her early advocacy for climate policy as a politician:

I was not the only one, but without doubt,I was one of the first Finnish politicians to knowingly push the issue of climate change and its threats onto the political agenda. In 1994, I published…

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