Tag Archives: politics

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

Climate Change and Politics

There are two articles that I would like to question to spark a discussion. In Presidential Politics, Cimitile, a graduate student of journalism, discusses the clash between politics and science in the White House. While many of the other articles that we have read discuss the politics and threats of climate change, many do not […]

Continue reading

Politics, the Environment, and Agenda Setting

An importan aspect of politics is the way in which agendas are set.  How does one issue gain national attention while another, perhaps equally as important, never sees the light of day? In NPR’s article, Focus On Fracking Diverts Attention From Horizontal Drilling, author Jeff Brandy discusses why two very similar issues don’t receive the same […]

Continue reading