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Posts tagged with ‘climate change’

  • Energy and the Marketplace

    By Sheila Kennedy on December 2, 2014
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    Congressional critics made sure that Americans heard about the “scandal” of Solyndra, the green energy start-up that failed and defaulted on its government loan. But we haven’t heard much about the federal government’s renewable energy loan program since then–probably because there hasn’t been a subsequent opportunity to twist results in order to make political hay. Since 2005, the Department of […]
  • Stick to the facts on climate change

    By John Guy on December 1, 2014
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    That which is certain is uncertain. The more certain and popular a hypothesis, such as climate change, and the more aggressively advocates ridicule disbelievers, the less likely related predictions will prove true. For extended periods, some as long as centuries, people, almost unanimously, held incorrect or unproven beliefs. They believed that the earth is flat, and that it is the […]
  • We the People: Ode to the High School Class of 2014

    By David Adler on May 31, 2014
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    As I listened to the precocious, eloquent graduating high school senior at the Community School explore the nature and styles of leadership at home and abroad, the wheels of my memory raced back to a time of delivering lectures about leaders whose idealism drove them to create a better world. Pericles, an ancient Athenian leader whose transformation of Greek Democracy […]
  • God and Climate Change

    By Donald Knebel on May 21, 2014
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    On May 5, 2014, the U. S. Global Research Program released its 2014 National Climate Assessment.  The report summarized the conclusions of a team of 300 climate experts and was reviewed by a number of federal agencies, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences.  The report’s primary conclusion is that “[m]any independent lines of evidence demonstrate that the […]
  • Science in the Public Square

    By Matt Impink on May 14, 2014
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    This week President Obama released a new report on climate change with much hoopla in an effort to get some headway on the issue. He however, faces an uphill climb as Americans rank it well behind many other issues, a recent survey of Americans found that climate change ranked #14 out of 15 public policy issues in importance. Yet the […]
  • And Now, the Rest of the Story

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on April 24, 2014
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    Yesterday, I posted the text of a speech I delivered at Monday to Greenwood Rotary. Today, I’ll share the rest of the story. Let me set the stage, however, by being fair and pointing out that (1) the subject of the speech–the importance of science and what it tells us–was the choice of the Chapter President; (2) the program chair, […]
  • A Tale of Two Worldviews… In Two Installments

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on April 23, 2014
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    On Monday, I spoke to the Greenwood Rotary. Unlike my usual topics, I’d been asked to expand on the theme of a recent IBJ column I’d written, on the costs of rejecting science. In today’s post, I’m sharing the talk (apologies for the length). Tomorrow, I’ll share reactions. (Hint: Earth is doomed.) ______________________ Recently, I devoted my IBJ column to […]
  • Martin Luther King Day

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on January 20, 2014
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    This morning, I spoke to students at IUPUI’s Day of Service, commemorating Martin Luther King. Here are the remarks below. ________________________________ There is an old Chinese curse that I’m told translates to “May you live in interesting times.” It’s considered a curse because dealing with “interesting” times—times of change and conflict—is challenging. It requires a nimble and flexible mind, a […]
  • Informed Electorate Needed

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on July 22, 2013
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    Most Americans are currently enjoying the hiatus between elections, and while partisans are busily positioning themselves for the next round, it may be worth considering what sort of informed electorate democracy requires. If electoral processes are to produce satisfactory results, voters need information—at a minimum, voters need to understand the responsibilities of the offices being sought, and the legal and ethical obligations […]