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Scientagonism: The Problem of Antagonistic Science Communication

January 7, 2013 by Steve Skutnik
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A recent column by Daniel Sarewitz in Nature on bridging the "partisan divide" with respect to public perception of science inspired some spirited debate over on my twitter feed yesterday. Scientists are often perceived as being in the thrall of Democrats, , exposing the greater scientific enterprise to being undermined as simply another partisan front. But is it really that simple?[read more]

How Do Obama And Romney Stack Up On Science Policy?

November 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Economic growth is front and center in this presidential election, but the two candidates haven’t spent much time talking about two of the most important drivers of the economy: science and technology. Science is not only at the root of our increasing prosperity but it is also the best tool we have to understand our own health, our planet, and our future.[read more]

To Beat Climate Change, Must Obama Win?

November 6, 2012 by David Thorpe
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Here's the logic of this post:The latest science says we're heading for over 6 degrees C warming. Romney will do nothing but make this worse Obama must winThen go to Doha and help broker a global pact on limiting emissions. Following Hurricane Sandy, and more bad news on climate change today , there has never been so much at...[read more]

The Proper Role of Government in Energy

November 5, 2012 by Neal Dikeman
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Since the election was heavily focused on the appropriate scope of government, I have spent a little time lately reflecting upon the proper role of government in the energy sector. I prefer to keep this discussion at a high-level, articulating basic principles that offer suggestions to guide elected officials and bureaucrats on how energy policies and regulations should be set.[read more]

In Sandy’s Wake, Bill Clinton Calls Out Mitt’s Mockery Of Climate Change

October 31, 2012 by Joseph Romm

After his adoptive hometown of New York City was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, former president Bill Clinton railed against Mitt Romney for having mocked the idea of climate action. In a campaign stop in Minneapolis, MN, Clinton criticized Romney for having “ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in...[read more]

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What are the Final Obama and Romney Energy Plan Changes?

October 29, 2012 by John Miller
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Our presidential candidates have completed their debates on the economy, foreign policy and energy. Now that we are about a week away from the election, what final changes have President Obama and Governor Romney made in their ‘energy plans’ to address our Country’s concerns following the debates?[read more]

An Abdication of Leadership: Climate Change Absent on the National Political Stage

October 25, 2012 by Tom Schueneman
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Despite weeks of cajoling and  demands to insert climate into the discussion during the presidential debates, the final debate ended on Monday with climate clearly absent for the 1st time in 24 years.“Climate change threatens us: the candidates silence threatens to seal our fate,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Climate...[read more]

Does nuclear lack a natural constituency?

October 22, 2012 by Steve Skutnik
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A quick Turing test from the prior round of U.S. presidential debates - see if you can spot the speaker:We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.Look, I want to make sure we use our oil, our...[read more]

Energy Debate Scorecard: Gasoline Prices...What the Candidates Should Have Said

October 18, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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Surprisingly, gasoline prices were front and center in last night’s Presidential debate –surprisingly, because gasoline prices would seem to be one of those issues that are largely out of a President’s hand. The single largest variable that influences gasoline prices is the price of crude oil and it is hard for the United States to influence the global oil market, especially right now given the extensive instability in the Middle East.[read more]

EarthTalk: Obama and Romney on the Environment

October 18, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Just because the environment is getting short shrift this election season due to our nation’s lingering economic woes doesn’t mean that candidates Obama and Romney can ignore the issue. Environmentalists have cheered several of President Obama’s moves during his first term, including: passage of the Recovery Act and its funding for environmental and habitat restoration and water quality improvements.[read more]

The Sound Of Climate Silence: Romney And Obama Love Fossil Fuels

October 17, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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“The door is closing. I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for climate safety]. The door will be closed forever.”No, that was not President Barack Obama or his Republican Challenger Mitt Romney speaking in the presidential debate. It was...[read more]

Election 2012: Romney on Energy

October 5, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles
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After last week's review of President Obama's energy record and campaign materials on energy, Governor Romney's energy plans present a sharp contrast. They are based on a fundamentally different view of energy and the economy, relying on markets to allocate capital to the most productive opportunities, rather than on government to guide...[read more]

The Climate Silence Continues: Candidates Ignore Climate Change In First Debate

October 4, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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Big Bird might have been one the most popular trends on Twitter during the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. But as tonight’s wide ranging discussion on domestic issues unfolded, #climatesilence got some decent play as well. Sadly, not because the candidates broke their silence on the issue.Here are two...[read more]

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5 Reasons Why the Romney Energy Plan is Bad for the Economy

October 4, 2012 by Elizabeth Kraus
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When we look at Romney’s proposed energy plan, it’s clear the “green” that’s missing is not just about the environment.[read more]

Three Clean Energy Innovation Policy Debate Questions for the Presidential Debates

October 2, 2012 by Matthew Stepp
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Climate change has been M.I.A. in the presidential campaign. So in an effort to advance climate policy as a campaign priority, Daniel Weiss at the Center for American Progress Action Fund offers three potential climate policy questions for the debates. However, we want to move the debate much further than he does, so we came up with our own set of questions.[read more]