Is PPIC Really an Independent “Research” Organization?

Russ Steele

I have always been suspicious of the non-partisan claims of the Public Policy Institute of California.  They seem to be leaning way to far to the left to be truly independent. According to the PPIC Plan for a Better Future: California 2025, the 2012 Update:

The Public Policy Institute of California is dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

Here is what our nonpartisan research organization has to say about climate change in California:

Climate change threatens California’s FUTURE Increases in global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are leading to higher air and water temperatures as well as rising sea levels, with serious consequences for California. Air temperatures are projected to increase throughout the state over the coming century. Sea level is expected to rise 39 to 55 inches by 2100, and the frequency of extreme events such as heat waves, wildfires, floods, and droughts is expected to increase. Higher temperatures will result in more rain and less snow, diminishing the reserves of water in the Sierra Nevada snowpack. Even if all GHG emissions ceased today, some of these developments would be unavoidable because the climate system changes slowly.

 Why is this “independent, objective, nonpartisan research” organization not examining both sides of the climate change issue? There has not been any significant global warming in California for 0ver 80 years, there is no change in the snow pack over the last 130 years, and sea levels have stopped rising since about 2009, while CO2 continues to increase. How can aindependent, objective, nonpartisan research” organization ignore these facts and still publish the intellectual dishonesty they are promoting as a better plan for the future of California.

You can get your own copy of the report HERE.  Even though it is clear there will be economic impacts from the implementation of AB-32, they recommend continued implementation. No mention that climate change may not be happening and that AB-32 is an economic albatross. So much for the “independent, objective, nonpartisan research”.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Is PPIC Really an Independent “Research” Organization?

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    You should send an email asking if Glick helped them write that

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