Opinion: Where’s the Dialogue on Climate?
Ten days ago, I had the good fortune of moderating a panel at the Association of Opinion Journalists in Orlando, Florida. The topic my colleagues and I were supposed to address was Climate and the Environment. As I prepared my remarks, I couldn’t help but think about how lacking the public debate has been on substantive issues for the last two months. Sure, there’s been a lot of coverage of … Read More
Do Facts Matter? Should they?
Former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously quipped: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” If only it were so simple. New research and events demonstrate that facts, science, and evidence don’t really matter when we’re discussing controversial issues—even if the controversy is engineered. A recent letter in the journal Nature examines the relationship between science literacy and the perception of risk from … Read More
Opinion: The Politics of National Interest
The “Halftime in America” ad from Chrysler that I found so compelling angered Karl Rove. Go figure. You could simply chalk it up to different political perspectives—and that might be true, but not in the way you would think. I’ll explain. Democrat or Republican, I’m drawn to candidates who put the nation ahead of party. Liberal or conservative, I’m attracted to public servants who seek common solutions to common problems. … Read More