Daily Archives: August 18, 2012

Liberals like "green energy" and Republicans hate it. Right?

Not so fast …

  • 85% of Americans want more funding for research renewable energy such as wind power.
  • In Iowa, a state leading in wind energy production, 85% of voters view tax credits for wind production as positive.
  • Also in Iowa, 57% of all voters would oppose a presidential candidate who wanted to end tax credits for wind energy, and 41% of GOP voters would oppose a Republican candidate who wanted to end tax credits for wind energy.
  • During Romney’s overseas trip, his campaign announced that “He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”


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Climate Change: Listen to the experts

You all know about CONvergence, and by now you’ve probably heard about or even seen or heard on the Internet one or more of the many panels that were done this year. But those recordings were impromptu and while useful, they are unpolished.

Also, the panels at CONvergence themselves tend to be informal, unmoderated or moderated by helpful volunteers, and everyone has a hangover. People attending the panels drew on important expertise and experience, but most panels were casual, with little preparation.

But a couple of the panels were different, most notably two panels on Climate Change. These panels were designated early on in the CONvergence planning as being key, and a lot of attention was given to them. The panelists were all experienced speakers on the topic and knew long in advance what the topic of discussion would be. Most of us communicate on a daily basis about climate change related issues, and have known each other and worked with each other on science communication for the last few years. Desiree Schell was flown down from Canada to moderate the panels. I spent a fair amount of effort outlining possible topics and running this outline past the panelists for their contribution, and we passed this information on to Desiree, who then worked out an interview and moderation plan. In other words, more hours of work were spent in the background prior to the panels than the two hours of public discussion that they turned into.

Then, we had two hours of panel discussion and questions from the audience. Professional level equipment was used to record the panels.

THEN, KO Myers, the producer of Skeptically Speaking, took this two hours of panel discussion and locked himself in the studio with it and converted or senseless yammering it into a final finished product of the highest quality.

And all this was done for you, dear reader, so that you could learn all about climate change.

CLICK HERE to access the podcast.

Books mentioned in the podcast:

Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America