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Redirecting the Redirected: Returning Attention to Climate Change Policy and Planning

Corporate interests with strong ties to conservative politics have undermined American’s awareness and understanding about climate change. Record profits from fossil fuel businesses have been threatened by talk of reducing consumption. Rather than change their business model, these entities went on the offensive against knowledge; facts were stretched until barely recognizable, bolstered with easy untruths, and fed to the public alongside infotainment through co-opted media.

The same fossil fuel interests bought politicians who are easily led by cash infusions or manipulated through electoral scaremongering by increasingly ignorant, easily acquired political factions (hello, Tea Party).

Presto: Americans are the least likely to believe in anthropomorphic climate change, and they’re likely to vote for candidates who mirror their own tractability.

But the truth has a nasty way of bitchslapping consumers and voters until their attention is returned to the facts. Hurricane Sandy, following this past summer’s wretched Dust Bowl-like drought, delivered a one-two punch to the public’s consciousness. Americans are ripe right-the-hell NOW for corrective action in the form of education and effective policy.

Therein lies the problem: there is no ongoing nationwide sustained discussion on climate change reaching a critical mass of the American public, and they in turn are not demanding better, effective, and immediate policy. There’s lots of hand-wringing over the damages caused by the drought and hurricane. There’s discussion about improvements to emergency response (tactical), and chatter about building dikes a la Netherlands to protect New York City from future hurricanes (tactical).

Yet there’s only tactical discussion–no society-wide dialog about strategic approaches to climate change.

The challenge to the educated and aware is to change this scenario and fast. The longer it takes for the tractable to become engaged and aware, the more time fossil fuel interests have to re-poison the minds of the public before the next truth-borne bitchslapping. Continue reading

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bmaz The rest of the caterwauling by the cops' defense teams and defenders is posturing for the trial track, conflict+venue @JeffreyToobin @AC360
bmaz The only germane question is did Mosby have probable cause, and did she believe she could prove beyond a read doubt @JeffreyToobin @AC360
bmaz What Sheriff Clark, Dershowitz et al are really saying is that cops deserve better+different justice than citizens @JeffreyToobin @AC360
bmaz This "Sheriff Clark" on CNN and Sunny Hostin, are nuts if think homicides are not charged in 3 wks or sooner every day @JeffreyToobin @AC360
bmaz @ColMorrisDavis @Harvard_Law @UTexasLaw even though he is not quite as deep into NatSec as Steve, Bobby and @djinks
bmaz @ColMorrisDavis @BobbyChesney @wegianshooter @steve_vladeck @UTexasLaw Don't forget that Sandy Levinson is still there too!
bmaz @WilliamOckhamTx @steve_vladeck @just_security @BobbyChesney Haven't seen you for a while, hope all going well.
bmaz @fedcourts @Popehat @cristianafarias While conservatives are moving ever right, so to arguable are the liberals.
bmaz @fedcourts @Popehat @cristianafarias The problem is, the real liberal lions area the ones aging and they are being replaced by centrists.
bmaz @WilliamOckhamTx @steve_vladeck @just_security @BobbyChesney No no, I meant corroboration from a reliable source!
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