Climate change can be categorized as a “wicked problem.”[Note] Wicked problems are difficult or impossible to solve, there is no opportunity to devise an overall solution by trial and error, and there is no real test of the efficacy of a solution to the wicked problem. Efforts to solve the wicked problem may reveal or create other problems….
Xu, Crittenden et al. [Note] argue that “gigaton problems require gigaton solutions.” The wickedness of the climate problem precludes a gigaton solution (either technological or political).
Judith Curry abandoned science this year. She asserted I was “directly involved in Climategate”; James Annan explained “(S)He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense“; William Connolley eviscerated a recent paper on Antarctic sea ice (here), which notes, “The main problem with the paper is the uncritical use of invalid data“; and Bart Verheggen explained, “Her unfounded allegations are insulting for the whole profession.”
Her House testimony quoted above is another confusing mess. It uses the word ‘wicked’ in various forms 11 times, glomming onto a 27-year-old paper by an architect and an urban designer, apparently to prove that the climate ‘problem’ may be ‘impossible’ to solve and indeed that even trying to solve it may only make things worse.