Category Archives: Commentary

Talk Is Cheap

All talk and not enough action on climate change? Maybe. On the other hand, having the bark come before the bite might be a hallmark of a healthy democratic debate on an important policy. Again … maybe.

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Rocks & Rolls & Twists & Turns

The rocks and rolls of the climate change policy debate have taken mind-warping twists and turns in recent months. Stop there. Note that the reference is to climate change policy and not to science. The latter, notwithstanding doubters’ continuing insistence [...]

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On Having Not Yet Fully Read The SuperFreakonomics Book

One could go on for columns about the columns written on economist Steven Levitt’s and journalist Stephen Dubner’s SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to their best-selling Freakonomics. Let’s not go there. Truth is that I expected, wanted, to very much enjoy this [...]

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In Discussing (OUCH!) Climate Change, Global Warming

A Word is a Word is a Word? Not When it Comes to … Pick the ‘Right’ Word

Praise, scorn, and even some good-natured (?) ridicule are greeting a consulting firm’s advice to “climate solutions advocates” on how to better package their climate change messages.

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Pro, Con, Oh-Well Views Voiced

Waxman-Markey House Bill Demands Cautious Media Analysis

In a 24/7 “breaking news” world, here’s a show stopper for those carrying the burden of informing their audiences about the climate change “fixes” now under consideration on Capitol Hill. Go. But go slowly, prudently, carefully. But don’t dawdle. By [...]

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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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2008′s Year-Long Fall-off in Climate Coverage; Tracking the Trends, and the Reasons Behind Them

Coverage of climate change in 2008 pales quantitatively when compared with previous years’ upward trends. Victim of the global financial crisis? Of news room “down sizing”? Of polar bears having become “old news”? Of short attention spans and perhaps “climate [...]

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