Climate Wars in the New Social Media

October 7, 2010

This is a guest contribution by Professor Maxwell Boykoff, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This post is in response to my previous post about the cultural politics of climate change and corporate funding of climate denial.
Thanks for your thought-provoking post, It’s The Real Thing: The Power of [...]

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It’s The Real Thing: The Power of Koch

September 8, 2010

We are at a critical juncture, as a backlash appears to be derailing action on climate change. If progressive groups want to address this threat, we need to understand the interests, strategies, and cultural politics at play.
by David L. Levy
Brian Flannery, chief climate strategist for ExxonMobil, recently circulated his rather depressing report from the UN [...]

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Is Deepwater Oil Too Risky?

July 18, 2010

Following up on my previous post about the Gulf oil spill, Normal Accidents?, here is a guest contribution by Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University, and author of the classic book Normal Accidents. This post is adapted from the preface to the forthcoming paperback edition of Perrow’s 2007 book The Next Catastrophe: [...]

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BP’s Exit from USCAP: An Alarm Signal?

February 23, 2010

Four months is a long time in climate politics. Back in October 2009, the momentum toward a global carbon regime seemed ineluctable. President Obama held a super-majority in the US Senate, China appeared amenable to a deal, high-profile companies were defecting from the US Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate action, and a [...]

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Beyond Brokenhagen

February 1, 2010

Business and Climate Change in the Post-Copenhagen Era
By David L. Levy
(This is an updated version of an earlier posting)
President Obama’s decision to speak at the COP-15 climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 cannot have been easy. Obama surely did not want to invest his shrinking political capital in backing the doomed international conference, but [...]

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Carbon Wars II: The Sequel

August 20, 2009

by David L. Levy
Why is the US oil industry reverting to the tactics of the 1990’s Carbon Wars?
In these sultry, languid days of August, large numbers of Americans are suddenly getting excited about climate change. They are not, however, worried about rising CO2 levels and the impact on sea levels, hurricanes, or glaciers. They are [...]

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