Environment

The Mike Tidwell Dilemma, Part II

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyNov 1, 2007 4:00 PM

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Last week I published a detailed critique of Maryland-based climate activist and writer Mike Tidwell's book The Ravaging Tide. This week, I have followed up with Part II: My explanation of why it is that I'm going after Tidwell even though he's on my own "team," so to speak. An excerpt:

In my view, what we need on global warming is not merely to energize the base of people who already agree with us, but to reach across the aisle and move conservatives as well. But the way that Tidwell frames the issue won't do that. To Tidwell, global warming is repeatedly depicted as a "Pandora's Box," set to unleash untold disasters upon the world. And so he tries to communicate on the issue by, in essence, scaring people--making them deathly afraid of devastating impacts like more intense hurricanes. The "ravaging" tide. The "death" of coastal cities. But there are at least two problems with this approach....

You can read the entire piece here. So far, no reply from Tidwell or his supporters.

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