How Samuel Alito Just Screwed Your Kids, and What You Can Do About It

2022-07-01T15:43:37+00:00June 30th, 2022|General|

“Now, what is a pollutant? A pollutant is a subject that is harmful to human beings or to animals or to plants. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is not harmful to ordinary things, to human beings, or to animals, or to plants. It’s actually needed for [...]

How We Can All Make Better Climate Posts on Facebook

2021-03-16T20:27:24+00:00March 15th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, General|

Chance are if you’re posting about climate on Facebook, you have positive intentions (deniers excepted) and want to avert the worst effects for our families, communities, and the planet. But sometimes the way we post has unintended consequences. Here are the three top mistakes we all make, and what [...]

Toxic Tar Sands Pipelines Pump Enbr!dge Pus – Is There a Role for Disgust in Climate Communications?

2021-02-01T22:39:07+00:00February 1st, 2021|General|

Maybe that sounds like hyperbole, but I’ll bet you had a visceral reaction of disgust to the word pus in the title? Why is that, and is there a role for disgust in our climate communications? Without going into the emotion of disgust too deeply, researchers believe it is [...]


2020-10-17T20:43:04+00:00July 5th, 2020|General|

I am talking to Phyllis Young at Oceti Sakowin about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and her thoughts on clean renewable energy. The day is hot and sunny. A dry wind blows through the camp creating dust devils as horses parade down the main dirt road lined with flags [...]

Did We Just Miss the Moment of Renewable Energy Convergence?

2020-05-10T19:27:05+00:00May 9th, 2020|General|

We need some good news during this period of national chaos. There were three news stories this week that could be missed during the pandemic, but together they signal the moment of convergence for clean low cost renewable energy. Convergence means the merging of distinct things. In this case, [...]

Restarting Our Economy When It’s 35 Degrees Below Zero

2020-03-18T19:55:16+00:00March 18th, 2020|General, Green New Deal, Renewable Energy|

I’m from Minnesota. I remember when we had snow and cold winters. We don’t much anymore. One year, we got two 18 inch snowfalls a day apart, and then the weather turned really cold. For the first week, people pretty much hunkered down. We knew it would end someday, [...]

Environmental Messaging: A Poverty of Words

2017-08-12T21:10:31+00:00August 15th, 2017|Boundary Waters, Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging, General|

I love words. I listen to their songs for hidden stories. Like the sounds of water laughing over rocks. The forests speak to me. Yellow aspens chatter. The pines whisper. White clouds are clean and pure. So in the environmental movement, why do I often hear, “We catch more [...]

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