Preview: Ending the Silence on Climate Change

January 2, 2013

What should President Obama say about climate change during his State of the Union address? That’s the question tackled by scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, in a preview clip from the next Moyers & Company. On the show, Leiserowitz describes for Bill his efforts to do what even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t — galvanize people to take action on what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. A specialist in the psychology of risk perception, Leiserowitz knows better than anyone if people are willing to change their behavior to make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Scientist James Hansen long ago advised that we start by taxing carbon, and Senator Cantwell has proposed a bill on taxing the production of carbon. This would be a good first step. We are ALL in this together. Call, write or petition your legislators and let President Obama know that you expect him to address this issue now.

  • Matthew Foster

    This is not an North or South American issue or European or Asian, African or any other issue – it is a worldwide issue and it is a common issue for the people to unite under worldwide. I ask one simple question “How do we expect to improve the welfare of humankind and save the planet’s ecosystems without uniting into a single force worldwide?”
    In his book ‘Requiem for a Species’, author Clive Hamilton puts forth a good case that our political systems has failed us and that we collectively need to take a decidedly different course of action if we hope to stem global warming at less than 4 degrees Celsius. He cautions that we must act soon and that we need radical activism aimed at shifting power away from those who are unable to make the necessary changes to limit the damage we have already created – we need civil unrest and civil disobedience on a grand scale.
    Simply put – we need to start acting up.

  • Richard Pauli

    Even Rex Tillerson of Exxon-Mobil in 2009 proposed a carbon tax. What is the hold up on this?

  • ozonator

    In reality, crime doesn’t pay. “ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says fears about climate change, drilling, and energy dependence are overblown. …Tillerson … said … The risks of oil and gas drilling are well understood and can be mitigated … blamed a public that is “illiterate” in science and math, a “lazy” press, and advocacy groups that “manufacture fear”” (“Exxon’s CEO: Climate, energy fears overblown”; JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press;, 6/27/12).

  • Anonymous

    AGW has never been anything but a Nazi eugenicist scam. Anyone pushing this is a war criminal and must be brought to justice.

  • Justin Paglino

    that’s right.

  • Justin Paglino

    Rex Tillerson’s crimes against humanity seem to be paying off for him pretty well.

  • Peter Joseph

    The most effective means to controlling carbon pollution is to let the market do it. Use the power of MONEY to make carbon pollution less profitable! Put a progressively-rising, consumer-friendly, revenue-neutral price on carbon, with the proceeds recycled straight back into people’s pockets so that they can afford their rising energy prices, then let the “free” market correct the biggest market failure in the history of money — its failure to account for the damages caused by fossil fuels. Citizens Climate Lobby (.org) is working for this plan of attack. Congress needs to act NOW.

  • daniel ross

    they dont care about us-michael jackson

  • Anonymous

    Obama speaking about climate change (CC), and the press speaking about the above, are both long overdue. We can’t solve this problem unless we all work together.

    It’s Obama’s job to clear up the confusion, to unite the country against this life-or-death threat! Leiserowitz has it right: Obama has to confirm that CC is real, serious, man-made, urgent, and solvable, if we unite and act now.

    By the way, this concept of leaders uniting citizens against a common threat, even one that isn’t apparent to the citizens, is as old as mankind. Now it’s “do or die!”

  • Greg Robie

    Translation(?): Given the talking-not-walking moral homeostasis of liberals the President should quote the consequenced ‘theology’ of science to pursue scientifically apostate (satatistically insignificant) actions as significant (pious) behavior, AND frame the economic-based dysfunction as political,thereby confirming liberal motivated reasoning.

    Questions: Isn’t this simply advocating keeping the curtain from being drawn, and liberal hypocracy from being revealed? How is it a message that demonstrates its author has listened–”really listened?”

  • Johanna

    The only issue that trumps all others is the buried and often air-brushed issue of this planet’s environmental destruction unrelentingly committed for the profit of a few corporate “fat cats.” Now Obama is set to appoint a pro fracking Secretary of Energy? Red alert.
    The future of our planet trumps anything and everything. @johannaclear