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Repositioning the Climate Debate

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJune 25, 2011 1:53 AM


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A very interesting essay by Andrew Hoffman begins this way:

The American debate over climate change turns on two main themes. One is the science of the problem; the other is government measures to fix it. Many believe these themes cover the entire debate. They're wrong. Far more than science is at play on climate change. At its root is a debate over culture, values, ideology, and worldviews.

As such, he says the debate

must move away from positions (climate change is or is not happening) and toward the underlying interests and values at play. It must engage at the deeper ideological levels where resistance is taking place, using new ways to frame the argument to bridge both sides.

The entire piece is well worth reading.

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