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How to Counter False Choice Frames About Climate or COVID-19

2020-05-26T15:22:02+00:00May 25th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal|

"Do you want to eat your peas with a fork or a knife?" is a well known false choice that parents use with kids. In either choice, hopefully, they will eat their peas. False choices are a particular type of frame. They are used a lot with both climate [...]

Will Old Climate Strategies and Communications Work in this New World?

2020-03-18T21:27:53+00:00March 18th, 2020|Climate Strategy, Energy Policy, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal, Renewable Energy|

Anytime there is a disruption to society, there is also an opportunity to change the status quo. The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is terrible and deadly. Many of my clients in environmental and climate organizations are now changing focus on how to immediately help our fellow citizens. [...]

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, [...]

Climate Strategy – Are We Ignoring Rural America?

2020-01-15T18:56:13+00:00January 14th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Reasons for Acting|

I have a friend who grew up in rural Minnesota. His favorite expression is, “You can’t put a duck bill on a beaver and call it a platypus.” This aphorism pretty much sums up urban thinking about rural America. We try to make it something it isn’t, and then [...]

10 Good Things That Happened for Climate in 2019

2019-12-26T20:22:19+00:00December 26th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Reasons for Acting, Renewable Energy, Transportation|

2019 has been a tough year for work on the climate crisis. From fires in California, Australia, the Amazon and the Arctic, to hurricanes, floods and melting ice sheets, the news is grim. But it is not all doom and gloom. While we certainly have a long way to [...]

Promoting Renewable Energy: Seven Areas that You Might Be Missing

2018-07-01T17:46:27+00:00June 28th, 2018|Actions You Can Take, Environmental Messaging, Renewable Energy|

I have a confession. As a strong citizen proponent of renewable energy, I admit that I have been naïve. On my journey of understanding what can be done to promote the use of clean energy, I’ve learned two things. The first is that the messaging is simple and clear. [...]

Why Do Republican Leaders Hate Renewable Energy… and the Environment?

2018-05-26T23:32:01+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Climate politics, Energy Policy, Reasons for Acting, Renewable Energy|

There is an attack against renewable energy and the environment in this country. It is being conducted by large utilities, coal, and oil companies. The impact will affect our energy policies, manufacturing, economy, and environment for decades. It is abetted by Republican state and federal legislators that are being [...]

Lars

2018-03-29T17:50:08+00:00March 19th, 2018|Energy Policy, Nature, Reasons for Acting|

Shaking hands with him is like shaking hands with a tree. Sixty years of hauling nets make his thumbs as big as my wrists. The building smells of fish. Forty years of fish. Fish from another era, one where men actually worked for a living. Did physical labor like [...]

Three Tactics for Dealing with the Solar Tariff Increase

2018-01-25T17:12:06+00:00January 25th, 2018|Business and Environment, Renewable Energy|

There was never much doubt about what the current administration would do with the solar tariff trade case. Now that we know what’s going to happen, what tactics do solar system integrators and installers have for dealing with a panel module price increase? The first step is not to [...]

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