Fomenting vocal skepticism and disbelief… “Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith” by John M. Broder

This article (Click Here) points out what seems to be accurate; that money, influencers and media celebrities will get out in front of a popular wave, the Tea party in this case, and use it to promote their perspective and interests.  I’m curious about two things:

1. What/who is the Tea Party…  the self organizing impulse and/or the entities that are manipulating it’s form, function and substance?  Perhaps there are two.. one we see in grass-roots / living room organizing and another as directed by interest groups and depicted by the media.  The first Tea Party may be open to transpartisan cooperation and the second Tea Party is interested in anything but that.


2. How do we frame a discourse (in living rooms and through the popular media) for designing a brilliant energy/consumption/economic performance strategy that overcomes the stalemate that is arising around the climate change framing of the challenge/opportunity?

John M. Broder of The New York Times (Click Here) does a nice job of looking at the state of the Climate Change discourse and the influence of the Tea Party, interest groups and media celebrities upon that discourse.

Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith


“Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. For some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites. And for others still, efforts to address climate change are seen as a conspiracy to impose world government and a sweeping redistribution of wealth. But all are wary of the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide, a ubiquitous gas, which will require the expansion of government authority into nearly every corner of the economy.”


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