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September 29, 2011


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As I listen to the comfortable manner in which members of the Republican Primary field and right-wing pundits dismiss the science behind global warming, I am reminded of the old saying: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!” Yet, the well-healed liberal foundations and their colleagues in national environmental organizations and the Democratic Party have ignored the wisdom of that sentiment to the detriment of progress on sustainable energy.

The policy gurus at the top had it all figured out. It’s all about global warming. It’s all about climate change. It’s all about carbon. Unfortunately, these advocacy aficionados forgot a couple-three things maybe.

The overwhelming majority of the American public does not think about the implications of our energy policy eight hours a day. Favorable coverage in the New York Times, Public Television, Public Radio or even the occasional story in the main stream media will not change the playing field. The problems are much deeper and reach into our K-12 educational system. The failure of this campaign also highlights the unsound top-down structure of the institution of professional advocacy in this country. Continue reading →

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