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Will Team Obama Blow It by Not Labeling Romney the Etch-A-Sketch Candidate?

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 3:22 PM

If only team Obama had a powerful metaphor to undercut Romney's effort to Etch-A-Sketch himself into a middle-class-loving moderate.

Oh wait, they do. But even though the Romney campaign has apparently changed its losing strategy of being an "extreme conservative," team Obama has so far failed to respond with the...

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Obama's Other Climate Messaging Mistake

(18) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 11:23 AM

President Obama's failure to speak out repeatedly on the urgency of climate action is his biggest communications mistake. If our leaders don't talk about an issue, it generally won't become sufficiently salient for either the media or the public.

But Obama's statement at the Democratic convention -- responding to Romney's mockery of...

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How to Give a Winning Speech Like Obama and Clinton

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Everyone would like to be as memorable and effective a speaker as Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. And the fact is that anyone can because there is really just one big secret to being a memorable speaker -- knowing how to use the figures of speech.

Here is one of...

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Team Obama: Romney's Mockery of Climate Action Is 'Terrifying'

(57) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:53 PM

On Saturday, Team Obama put out an email slamming Mitt Romney and the GOP for making fun of climate action at their convention:

It is nothing short of terrifying to imagine a party that openly mocks climate change taking back the White House.
They were referring to this shameful and shameless line by...
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Speechless: How Mitt Romney, His Wife and Paul Ryan All Blew It in the Spotlight

(41) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 2:32 PM

There is no excuse for even one major political speech to be poorly written. But three? Romney should fire his entire team for having the three most important speeches of the GOP convention so poorly written and poorly framed.

Ann Romney, "failed to make it real," as former Reagan speechwriter...

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Will We Elect a President With No Language Intelligence? Should We?

(264) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Mitt Romney is about to deliver the most important speech of his life, at the GOP convention in Tampa. What's fascinating is that Romney is one of the worst communicators to win any party's presidential nomination in recent memory.

Although Romney has been running for President for almost a decade, he...

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Eight Reasons the Etch-A-Sketch Gaffe Will Endure

(112) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Romney Can Create Jobs: Etch A Sketch Sales Jump 1500%.

The political gaffe of the year is now the gift that keeps giving, literally.

On Wednesday, Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom was asked about how his boss's politics might change after he gets the nomination. "I think you hit a reset...

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Climate Shift Unintentionally Proves Enviros Far Outspent By Opponents of Climate Bill

(60) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 4:41 PM

Prof. Matthew Nisbet of American University has written an error-riddled, self-contradictory, demonstrable false report, Climate Shift: Clear Vision for the Next Decade of Public Debate [big PDF here]. The 99-page report's two central, but ridiculous, claims are:

  1. The environmental movement outspent opponents during the climate bill debate.
  2. Media...
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Health Care Security Bill Passes in Spite of Dreadful Messaging

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 2:22 PM

Once again Democrats waste time talking about process, while Republicans spin their lies about supposedly bad outcomes.

I sat through the House debate on CSPAN on the health care security bill yesterday. Democrats repeated the phrase "health care reform" dozens and dozens of times, thereby missing a real messaging opportunity.

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Bill Gates Is Wrong About "Energy Miracles"

(12) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 10:38 AM

To preserve a livable climate, we need technology deployment. That's what drives innovation, as Bill Gates Gates used to argue.
So I listened to Gates' TED speech a few hours after he gave it in Long Beach, CA. Let's just call that an IT miracle.

The good news is...

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One Year After His Election, Obama On Verge of Audaciously Fulfilling His Promise as the Green FDR

(14) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 11:27 AM

Arianna asserts Obama has shown "timidity" in governing. On climate and clean energy policy, he has been anything but!

Future historians will inevitably judge all 21st-century presidents on just two issues: global warming and the clean energy transition. If the world doesn't stop catastrophic climate change -- Hell...

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Michael Lynch, Wrong on Oil Prices for Over a Decade, is Wrong About Peak Oil

(12) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 4:58 PM

A guy who has been wrong on oil prices longer than most has managed to convince the New York Times to give him some of its precious Op-ed space to issue yet another sure-to-be-wrong prediction. That would be energy consultant Michael Lynch, with his remarkably content-free piece, "'Peak Oil'...

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The Top 5 Ways the 'Birthers' are Like the Global Warming Deniers

(157) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 11:14 AM

The people who refuse to accept the reality that President Obama was born in the United States share much in common with those who refuse to accept the reality that humans are dramatically changing the climate.

5. Both groups are impervious to the evidence. During the campaign, "Obama released a...

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Will America Lose the Clean-Energy Race? Only if we Listen to the Breakthrough Institute

(6) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 1:52 PM

The radioactive disinformers of The Breakthrough Institute (TBI) have broken through to the MSM again. This time they got The San Francisco Chronicle to print their willfully misleading op-ed attacking "Obama and Democratic leaders" for supposedly failing to deliver on clean energy promises. As we'll see, this TBI article...

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The Audacity of Nope: The GOP Channels Groucho Marx: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It"

(246) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 10:48 AM

The lead story in the WashPost today is "GOP Focuses Effort To Kill Health-Care Bills." But really, the story could be about climate and clean energy (see "

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NASA's James Hansen Recycles Myths in His Pointless Attack on U.S. Climate Action

(222) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 11:31 AM

Much as I am happy to publicize Hansen's leading edge climate science (see links below), I am unhappy to have to waste any time debunking his bleeding edge climate policy analysis (see "

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Memo to Media: Don't be Suckered by Bad Analyses from the Breakthrough Institute

(27) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 4:17 PM

I can't imagine why any serious journalist would cite the work of The Breakthrough Institute (TBI) -- except to debunk it. As we'll see once again, they constantly misstate and misrepresent what others say, and generally put out very bad analysis designed to push their anti-climate-action, anti-environmental agenda.

So why...

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Must-Read Study: "The Media's Decision to Play the Stenographer Helped Opponents of Climate Action Stifle Progress"

(179) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 10:40 AM

One of the country's leading journalists has written a searing critique of the media's coverage of global warming, especially climate economics.

The study deserves attention because the media is making the same mistakes in reporting on the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill that the author warns against (see "

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Nobelist Krugman Attacks "Junk Economics"

(125) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 7:50 PM

Nobel prize-winning NYT columnist Paul Krugman has an excellent piece on climate economics 101, "An Affordable Salvation." It follows an economic lesson he gave on his blog to anti-green Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson. Krugman explains:

It's important to understand that just as denials that climate change...

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The Green FDR: Obama's First 100 Days Make -- And May Remake -- History

(31) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 8:25 AM

The media just keeps missing -- or messing up -- the story of the century.

Future historians will inevitably judge all 21st-century presidents on just two issues: global warming and the clean energy transition. If the world doesn't stop catastrophic climate change -- Hell and High Water -- then...

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