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The ChE in Context: Member Voices Shaping AIChE’s Climate Change Policy

October
2018

Last year, AIChE’s Board of Directors asked the Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) to engage AIChE members in a Climate Change Policy Review, in response to stakeholders’ requests that AIChE revise its 2014 Climate Change Policy Statement (www.aiche.org/aiche_climate) to address climate change science.

In 2014, the U.S. had advanced climate change regulation based on the authority of the U.S. Clean Air Act (CAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) statutory scope of administrative discretion, and the 2007 Supreme Court case, Massachusetts v. EPA. EPA’s “Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings” of 2009 (the “Endangerment Findings”) provided a legal foundation for EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The 2016 U.S. election and the new Administration’s reversals of environmental policy stirred member requests to re-examine our policy.

In 2017, PAIC’s Climate Change Task Force solicited members’ input through a series of posts on the ChEnected blog, followed by discussions on AIChE Engage (engage.aiche.org). Members were asked to critique the “consensus science” underlying the EPA’s Endangerment Findings.

The first ChEnected post, “General Approaches” (Aug. 2017), sought input regarding the...

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