The Power of the Term “Global Warming”

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 9:16 am

The terms “global warming” and “climate change” are often used interchangeably to describe the effect of increasing greenhouse gases but new research indicates the public responds to them very differently. According to a report by Yale Project on Climate Change Communications and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the term global warming [...]

Climate Change Skepticism Has Become a Defining Characteristic for the GOP

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 7:59 am

Skepticism about global warming has effectively become a tribal signifier among Republicans. This is what it looks like when an issue becomes fully politicized by party. On this issue a person’s partisan leaning is now more important than age, gender, income or education when it comes to how you see the issue. From Gallup: There [...]

Americans See Global Warming as Real but Not a Serious Threat

By: Friday March 14, 2014 6:41 am

One of the biggest political problems for environmentalists when it comes to global warming is that people tend to be very bad at long-term thinking. Most Americans believe global warming is happening, but only about a third see it as a serious threat to their way of life. From Gallup:   Often in politics what [...]

Concerns About Global Warming Finally Rebound After Economic Crash

By: Monday April 8, 2013 7:07 am

For the second year in a row the number of people concerned about global warming has increased. According to Gallup, 58 percent of Americans are worried a great deal about global warming. This is a large increase from 2011 when only 51 percent of Americans were concerned about it, but it is only a return [...]

It Was 72 Degrees in DC Yesterday

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 8:51 am

While Congress fights about just how much more they should force old people to pay for basic health care in 2024, the world is slowly burning. Our real long-term problems are ignored in favor of focusing on the fake ones.

Americans More Concerned About Pollution Than Global Warming

By: Friday April 13, 2012 9:26 am

When it comes to environmental issues, Americans are more concerned about immediate problems like contaminated soil, polluted drinking water, and even the loss of the rainforests than they are about global warming. From Gallup: It would seem Americans’ environmental concerns follow a rather clear hierarchy based on both physical and temporal proximity to us. The [...]

Jim Inhofe Likes Latte

By: Friday June 13, 2008 9:21 am

A friend emailed that he ran into Sen. Inhofe, who may see a tough race on his hands with state sen. Andrew Rice to hold his seat. It has something to do with the fact that he is crazy and thinks global warming is a myth, up there with the round Earth, our rotation around the sun and Mitt Romney’s hair being from this planet.

In any case, Mr.

Mitch McConnell Throws A Tirade

By: Wednesday June 4, 2008 2:35 pm

About a week ago, we covered how Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is lagging in his reelection race. I have always thought McConnell is a good tactician, but lousy overall strategist.

And here we have another example. He may get the right-wing justices he wants by obstructing Senate business and blocking a global warming bill, but will that help his image among moderate voters in Kentucky, or even conservatives sick