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The Next Generation Science Standards: The Effort to Unite a Polarized Nation through Science

In the last few minutes of class, Ronni Marron’s tenth-grade Earth Science class is quiet. Only the sounds of shuffling papers, the faint scribble of pencils, and the clicking of computers– signaling the students’ progress through an ice core lab fill the room. The classroom however, wasn’t always so quiet. At the top of the […]

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EPA & the Trump Administration

In the Washington Times article, Wolfgang calls into question the activities of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and his collusion with gas companies (Devon Energy) during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, coordinating efforts to fight energy regulations imposed by the Obama administration. He then directly compares these efforts to the activities of the EPA under […]

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Bridging the political divide

Knight Team 5 Mary Weber Shaylyn Austin Beatrice Thaman Sam McMullen 14 November 2017 Project Title Providing exposure to political opinions through an informative and concise platform Describe your Project People want to hear about issues that are important to them. They also want to hear about these issues from people like them. That’s where […]

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Scott Pruitt Surprisingly Changes EPA Policy Regarding who Can Serve as an Advisor

In an article from the Washington Post , Brady Dennis and Juliet Elperin discuss the recent, unprecedented change that Scott Pruitt, the head administrator for the EPA, made regarding who can serve as an advisor. In articles like these that have political debates at their core, its easy to insert bias into one’s writing while discussing […]

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Republicans on Campaign Trail Largely Ignore the Climate Deal

In the New York Times article, Thomas Kaplan discusses the opinions of Democratic and Republican leaders in regard to climate change and the fate of the Paris climate agreement in the hands of Obama’s successor. Overall, I thought the article was fair in providing quotes from both parties. The quotes helped show how Democrats and Republicans […]

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Is Nate Silver right?

In this Politico article, “Is Nate Silver right?”, Steven Shepard analyzes the famed statistician’s election polling methods on fivethirtyeight.com. Shepard indicates how polls are intended to “bring order to the chaos” and provide a unbiased position on the election status. As someone who is very up to date in the election and checks multiple polls […]

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E.P.A. in the News: Bigger Trucks on Fuel Diet?

The article “E.P.A. Proposal Will Put Bigger Trucks on Fuel Diet” was largely focused on the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory’s “truck treadmill,” which will help increase the fuel efficiency of large trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks. While this is a heavily politicized and controversial issue, the authors of this piece seemed […]

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Politics, Environment, and How to Effectively Report on The Two

This week we were assigned readings that discussed environmental politics, which can often be a topic that is met with opposing opinions and often much confusion from the public. The New York Times recently published an article “Obama Tells Donors of Tough Politics of Environment” written by Michael Shear. President Obama states, “If we’re going […]

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Changing Role of Campaign Contributions in Environmental Policy

As many of you have probably heard, at the beginning of the month the Supreme Court ruled to lower limits on aggregate campaign donations in McCutcheon v. FEC. To give you an idea of what this means you can take a look here. Many environmental activists are concerned that the ruling will mean greater influence of money over […]

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Politics and Environment: The Warsaw Summit

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/10/climate-conferenceconvenesmondayinwarsaw.html The Warsaw Summit is the next major meeting of nations to discuss and pass resolutions on climate change. Politics are inextricably tied to summits like this – try to recall the controversial Copenhagen Summit in 2009 and the disappointment following the lack of substantial policy change made there. The most striking for me from […]

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