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22. A new explanation for behavior, science communication, and democracy (Sperber/Mercier):

"...Reasoning was not designed to pursue the truth. Reasoning was designed by evolution to help us win arguments."


The Argumentative Theory


23. A comparison of global lifestyles (the US is above the high consumption model, at about '4 or more planets' or 17 tons CO2/year per capita):

This chart comes from an essay by Erik Assadourian for the The 5000 Pound Life project of the Architectural League in New York, "Degrowing our way to genuine progress."



An essential reality check on future US climate policy, politics and public opinion, from Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol:

"The politics of climate change" (80min, CSPAN 8/7/13) Yes, it's long, but it's worth it to have a well-researched baseline for the US.

Skocpol's polling data includes the amount of increase in their monthly electric bill people say they will tolerate to solve climate change.

Skocpol's full report as a pdf: "Naming the problem"

Related: Thomas Dietz, PNAS "Bringing values and deliberation to science communication" (See Sperber and Mercier, above.), a proposal for online deliberation about climate.

Report and premise for, second year narrative for the Rockefeller Foundation. (1/27/13)

Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats: "Rethinking Climate Advocacy." (6/6/13)

Unexpected messengers can build trust: gay marriage advocates reached out through athletes in their campaign. (NYT, 6/29/11)

"Study: everyone hates environmentalists and feminists" (Salon, 9/26/13)

Climate change ranked last among concerns for young people: "Young people's priorities," (NYT 4/27/12)



25. Historian Jill Lepore on political science and polarization in the US, in the New Yorker (pdf, 12/2/13)

"...Intellectuals, as Bruno Latour once pointed out, are nearly always one critique too late: 'Entire Ph.D. programs are still running to make sure that good American kids are learning the hard way that facts are made up, that there is no such thing as natural, unmediated, unbiased access to truth, that we are always prisoners of language, that we always speak from a particular standpoint, and so on, while dangerous extremists are using the very same argument of social construction to destroy hard-won evidence that could save our lives.'"

New Yorker, G.O.P. geography and the Tea Party (9/26/13)

Colin Woodard on historical background of regions of the US (NPR). See also, James Webb in WSJ, and historian David Hackett Fischer, "Albion's Seed."





26. Nobel physicist Burton Richter, op ed in the New York Times, "New clean air rules would do little" (10/24/13) -- Richter suggests buying out the coal industry.

"There is no excuse for the continued use of coal to generate electricity that costs too much and is a health hazard to everyone who lives anywhere near a coal-fired power plant. About 137,000 people worked in the coal industry last year — from miners to executives, according to the Labor Department. You could pension them all off with $50,000 per year tax-free, at a cost of about $6.8 billion per year, save the country a large amount of money, protect our people from much damage to their health and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming our planet."



27. Prior decarbonization initiatives:

See more at the Canadian Challenge, 2003



"10:10 inspires and supports people and organisations to cut their carbon emissions by 10% in a year."

[via Wikipedia:]

"The entire British cabinet, consisting of Gordon Brown and his senior ministers, committed to reduce their personal emissions by 10% in 2010,[13] with David Cameron, the Conservative front bench, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg pledging equal support to the cause.[14]"


28. City Atlas Grand Central Terminal interviews (27 'man-on-street' interviews about NYC and climate, 2/11)


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