Making Progress on Climate Change Policy When Politics Shapes Science

In 2004, at an event at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley recognizing the 50-year career of Frank McCulloch, a pioneering investigative journalist, I asked the honoree what was holding back wider recognition of environmental issues. With typical ex-Marine, investigative reporter bluntness, he said: “The case hasn’t been made to the public.” Since then, there has been a media tsunami of information about the environment, "making the case," but clearly, progress has been partial. People know more, but don't necessarily believe more. I’ve just read a recent Pew Research Center report that finds “peoples’ level of science knowledge helps, to a degree, to explain their beliefs about climate change,” but that political orientation “appears to shape how people integrate science knowledge with their attitudes.” More work to be done . . .

John Howell, Editorial Director

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