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Posts tagged "Polarization: Climate Change"

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...

New Books on Polarization: The Need for Compromise and Applying Conservative Principles to Environmental Problems

Two recently published books caught my eye the World Bank bookstore here in Washington, DC and I’ve put both at the top of my list to read and discuss. Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompson, The Spirt of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It. If politics is the art of the possible, then compromise...

How Scientists View the Public, the Media, and the Political Process

Most scientists in the US and UK blame public ignorance of science for flawed policy preferences and political choices. They tend to be critical of media coverage, yet rate favorably their own experience with the media.  Scientists say policy-makers and journalists are the most important groups to engage and view the public as having secondary...