Though it may seem logical that a compelling environmental or public health problem would be addressed merely by examining the science behind it, that isn’t the way such issues usually play out in the public arena. Instead, an external force called politics can be pervasive. Politics influence how environmental decisions are made in fundamental ways. This week’s readings focus on the many ways that politics influences the environment. This E360 article discusses the ties scientists have to the natural gas industry. Do you feel this was a solid piece of investigative journalism? What questions does this NPR piece on EPA being a target raise? What differences in approach do you see in the way this NPR piece tackled Presidential politics vs. how it’s addressed in a print medium? What comments do you have on the way journalists cover this issue, based on this Columbia Journalism piece and this one? Why do you think climate change was rarely discussed in the Presidential election, as this New York Times piece discusses? Finally, could Hurricane Sandy have impacted the election, as described in this New York Times piece? I look forward to hearing your own questions, based on your reflections on the readings.
When Science Meets Politics: How Interest Groups Sway Environmental Decisions