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Political Polarization
Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue -- Not Diatribes -- Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue — Not Diatribes — Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

At The Public Square, I have two articles up adapted from a forthcoming paper evaluating recent shifts in U.S. climate advocacy. Below is a brief summary of the second article followed by a reference and link to the paper. In recent years, the left, lead by billionaire Tom Steyer, has begun to copy the strategies pioneered...
Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

At The Public Square, I have two articles up adapted from a forthcoming paper evaluating recent shifts in U.S. climate advocacy. Below is a brief summary of the article followed by a reference and link to the paper. Following the death of cap-and-trade, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Bill McKibben’s 350.org have engaged...
Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Many liberal activists and commentators are likely welcoming survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that over the past 20 years the number of Americans who can be rated as “consistently liberal” in their worldviews has increased four fold, from 3 percent in 1994 to 12 percent today. Perhaps even more encouraging, in a...

Our Super Zip State of Mind: Engaging with Communities Not Like Our Own

The transformation of Washington, DC into one of the world’s wealthiest regions has also turned the nation’s capital into one of its most like minded. The homogeneity in economic outlook and social experience has profound implications for how Beltway professionals and advocates design policy and strategy to deal with complex problems like climate change. “It’s...

How Obama Can Defy Debate Critics and Shift Momentum

In my latest column at The Breakthrough, I discuss what Obama can do in tonight’s second Presidential debate to reverse momentum, and it starts with defying critics who are calling on Obama to be more confrontational.  Here’s the start to the column: As President Obama prepares for tomorrow’s night Presidential debate, he faces the most important public...