President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

We’ll get the latest on the record rainfall hitting Texas from UC Berkeley professor of energy Dan Kammen, including what role, if any, climate change is playing in the tropical storm. We’ll also talk to Kammen about why he resigned last week from his appointment as a science envoy for the State Department.

Dr. Dan Kammen, professor of energy, UC Berkeley; director, renewable and appropriate energy laboratory, UC Berkeley; former science envoy, U.S. State Department

Cal’s Dan Kammen on President Trump, Climate Change and Tropical Storm Harvey 30 August,2017Michael Krasny

  • Student

    What is the highest and best use for California’s Cap&Trade funds, and how do we ensure they get spent effectively?


    The extreme horrible disaster of hurricane Harvey and it total destruction of such great area and the threat of death to millions of people in Texas, Louisiana, and elsewhere should serve as great warning to Donald Trump that climate change and global warming is real, and if he continues his reckless policies of ending all of rules and regulation to curb all green gases and other global warming factors in the U S which is the highest producer, he is in effect putting the whole life on the planet in great risk and even an eventual end of life on the planet as we know it, within one hundred years.

    • Curious

      It is this sort of hysteria and nonsense that discredits the left.

  • Skip Conrad

    How political has the conversation on climate change become?

  • Kurt thialfad

    What scientists at Berkeley are major Climate Change deniers, like Dr. Peter Duesenberg is a major HIV denier?

  • CSNIronclad

    Another dem dummy bites the dust m. Green weenie wants your money

    • No_Slack_Jack

      Yea right, and the Repubs, Libertarians, and Tea Partiers don’t?? In case you haven’t heard, it’s all about money, but certain approaches happen to carry much more destructive outcomes.

      • CSNIronclad

        I realize that – but this guy wants to push technology that isn’t ready for prime time as well as push bucks to his buddies.

        Nuclear could be a lot less expensive if it were not for the endless lawsuits

  • William – SF

    Do scientists need to redefine 50/100/500.. year weather events?

    • CSNIronclad

      Yes. Because we have satellite data from 500 years ago

      • William – SF

        1/5 for snarky without creativity, 3/5 for pointing out the seemingly uselessness of the ratings, but 1/5 for ignoring the fact that most are not scientist and a simple scale helps indicate the severity of the weather event for them, and 0/5 for ignoring the underlining point of the comment.

        • CSNIronclad

          Right. and we all know that we have perfect records of all events from the past – from all those native records they left – wait. No writing.

          Just like the medieval period was warmer than now followed by a century of cold.

          Guess it was those knights in SUVs?

  • Jan M

    Would a carbon fee and dividend be a better, faster way to achieve results on climate change? Perhaps more effective in reducing than cap and trade?

  • Kevin Mulvey

    Could Dr. Kammen explain the proposal by Citizen’s Climate Lobby to establish a carbon fee and dividend program, and the benefits that could have for low income, front line communities in California and elsewhere?

  • No_Slack_Jack

    As your guest correctly noted about the Petroleum Industry in the Louisiana Gulch, the impetus behind the Keystone Excel Pipeline is all about exporting dirty natural resources, but I feel his description of it is a bit too bland and gentle for the travesty. Instead, it seems that going forward the commentary really needs to be about a calcified industry and an “extractive mentality” that is fixated on making easy money. It’s time for that industry to evolve into something better.

  • Gregory Ashley

    The USGS here in Menlo Park has been tracking the subsidence in Houston for decades. The severe subsidence is not being discussed in the news reporting. Water, oil, and gas extraction has lead to this problem around the gulf coast. Please ask Dan to address this issue.
    The state, county, and city have allowed construction in flood zones. This is much more than a climate change issue.

  • A C

    Please ask the guest to comment about the possibility of using seaweed as a feedstock for sustainable biofuels

  • Student

    Could you please bring an educator onto Forum, to talk about what our community colleges are doing to train young people for renewable energy jobs? For example, is there a wind power technician certification, and if not, what training do they need?

  • Curious

    If “Climate Change” peddlers like Al Gore and Barry Obama really believe in man made climate change, why do they cause more damage to the environment than thousands of ordinary Americans, just to satisfy their craven wants?


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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