Author Archives: John Wihbey

About John Wihbey

A regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections, John Wihbey is an editor and researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. (E-mail: john@yaleclimateconnections.org, Twitter: @wihbey)
Dissecting Reporter Eric Pooley's Media Analysis

If the Media Flunked Carbon Economics 101, What Happens When Things Get Harder?

Veteran journalist Eric Pooley in January issued a powerful critique of the American press and its coverage of the 2008 cap-and-trade debate in the U.S. Senate. His central insight was that the “he said, she said” stenography that had once [...]

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Duck and Cover: Climate News Reporting Routinely Draws Big, Loud Pushback

Publish a climate change-related news story, and be ready for pointed attacks, long knives, and brutal dismissals. And expect accusations of political bias and conspiracy. That’s still the rule for the nation’s veteran environmental and science reporters, despite changing attitudes [...]

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Jimmy Carter’s Solar Panels: A Lost History That Haunts Today

The glass, aluminum, and stainless steel panels reclined at low angles and basked in the sun as the men in suits and ties, flanked by reporters, took to the West Wing roof to look at what they thought was the [...]

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Despite Losses, Green Investment Sector Looks to Brighter Days Down the Road

Green investment insiders concede that climate change-focused and clean energy funds will get tossed around just like any other set of stocks – and are sometimes even more vulnerable.

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Each Home, Business Entirely Sun-Powered; MIT’s Daniel Nocera: Sticking with His Vision

If Daniel Nocera’s energy vision prevails globally, each home and business will have its own, entirely sufficient power unit, charged by the Sun. Industry-produced greenhouse gases will be vestiges of the old order, as solar-based “personal energy” systems power everything [...]

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Parsing Opinion Polls … and Politics … In Covering Offshore Drilling Campaign Issue

Opinion polls are fueling politicians and candidates to push for more U.S. offshore oil drilling, with the media looking on intently. Since the issue became a political focal point in May and June, polling has been relentless: Zogby. Rasmussen. Field. [...]

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Covering Climate Change As a National Security Issue

War-related metaphors are now common in the rhetoric of climate change activism. We need a “Manhattan Project” for clean energy, a “Marshall Plan” for green action. Or maybe, we need just plain war. Think of Al Gore’s first ad in [...]

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