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FALLACY WATCH: "The science isn't settled."

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 01 August 2016

FALLACY WATCH:

This is the go-to statement for politicians defending fossil fuels when climate dangers are raised. It has the ring of reasonableness: the speaker is no ostrich hiding from the facts but simply maintains a threshold for belief that hasn't been met. And it's certainly true that science is constantly changing its mind. So where's the fallacy?

VESTED INTERESTS: Naked and unafraid in Wyoming

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 11 July 2016

VESTED INTERESTS: Naked and unafraid in Wyoming

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for the no-bones-about-it teaching of evolution and human-caused climate change. States can choose whether to use them or not. In Wyoming, a committee of science teachers spent eighteen months studying the standards and voted unanimously to adopt. But in a state dominated by the oil, gas, and coal industries, the legislature voted them down. The surprise was the naked explanation offered by the Board of Education's chairman, Ron Micheli: "They're very prejudiced in my opinion against fossil-fuel development."

MEDIA LITERACY: Don't vote without it

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 11 July 2016

MEDIA LITERACY: Don't vote without it

The months before an election turn us into four-year-olds trying to get through a funhouse: slanted floors, lying mirrors, screams. It's harvest time for the public relations industry, working overtime to override our rational minds and get us to vote for the interests who've hired them. The means: ancient, underhanded, and effective.

If the picture painted in Eyes Wide Open of the fossil fuel lobby's PR campaign seems exaggerated, check out the quotes from the book followed by those in bold from prominent Washington consultants Richard Berman and Jack Hubbard touting their techniques to oil and gas executives, their talk recorded by a disgruntled exec and printed in a story in the New York Times.

NOW I GET IT: The power of the big picture

Posted in News Last updated on: Saturday, 18 June 2016

NOW I GET IT: The power of the big picture
Seeing behind things--the coal mine behind your light switch, the downed forest behind your burger--is central to solving the environmental crunch and a major focus of Eyes Wide Open.  But looking down from high above might be even more important.  Looking behind gives us added information, but looking down tells us what it means.  It does this by zooming out so we can see much more space and time, putting our facts in a larger context.  The big picture is a bolt of lightning, starkly illuminating issues and giving us sudden clarity.
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