Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

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Climate Change Advocacy
Opposition to Natural Gas Pipelines May Boost New England Energy Prices

Opposition to Natural Gas Pipelines May Boost New England Energy Prices

Energy efficiency gains can save individual consumers and businesses money, but as the United States struggles to transition to new types of energy sources, efficiency driven reductions in demand within a state or region may not directly translate into lower energy prices. On this topic, at the Portland Press Herald today, Tux Turkel has an...

A New Model for Climate Advocacy

Pragmatism and compromise are needed to break down climate change into smaller, interconnected problems, where progress can actually be achieved. -Reposted from Ensia magazine. In an essay last month at Ensia magazine, Jonathon Foley offered an urgent reality check for environmentalists. Foley contrasted the long-standing ambitions of those arguing for action on climate change who have...

Barriers to Climate Legislation Following the 2016 Election: Political Dysfunction Requires a New Paradigm for Climate Advocacy

Even if an experienced leader like Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, a number of factors suggest that passing major climate legislation may not be achievable. Instead, political success may ultimately depend on advocates joining with experts in pushing for a range of smaller scale policy actions across levels of government. But in the...

Greenwire on Obama and Organizing for America’s Strategy to Morally Stigmatize Conservatives Who Dismiss Climate Change

Last week I spoke with Elana Schor of Greenwire about the Obama White House and Organizing for America’s strategy to pre-empt efforts by conservatives to undermine support for the proposed EPA limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The strategy marks an important shift in communication focus, as Obama and allies make the moral case for action...