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Taking pointers from Schwarzenegger on talking about global warming.

Not only is Schwarzenegger leading California to many firsts in climate policy, he's also leading the way when it comes to talking about global warming. Any savvy politician knows you can't get policy on the books without first winning over your colleagues and constituents. And Arnie is surely one of the savviest politicos around. Here's how he's doing it: First, he taps into Californian pride and shared American values, stressing leadership, innovation, and a call to make history: Our innovation, our science, our knowledge, our creativity is unequaled on the face of the earth ... I propose that California be …

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You’ve got to see this photo

When it comes to effective messages, sometimes picture is worth a thousand books by George Lakoff. I'll give you a perfect case of well-intentioned words getting trounced in the marketplace of ideas. You have to see this. Now that you've had a good laugh ... the wolf-friendly sign (on the right) is classic. I went through all kinds of mental gymnastics to eke out a take-home message. Finally it dawned on me that the wolf itself is supposed to be "talking" about sport and survival. But my favorite part by far was the word "ungulates." Say what?! I had to …

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Environment is top concern for Canadians. Americans, not so much.

Cascadians on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border share a deep connection to our temperate corner of the world. But if national polling data is any indication of regional opinion, we may not necessarily share the same views when it comes to the fate of our piece of the planet -- or even of the planet itself. Public opinion polling in the two countries shows a boundary between perceptions almost as stark as the national border drawn on a political map. In recent polling by Gallup and Pew, Americans display little concern about the environment and global warming -- far …

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Pew report shows Americans poised to take global climate crisis seriously

The State of the Union address may be just a lot of talk. But considering that each word in these national speeches is painstakingly choreographed, a small phrase for a president can be a giant step for mankind. That's why, when Bush uttered the words "global climate change" before a TV audience of 45.5 million, I nearly jumped out of my seat. He said it! He said it for the first time in any of his seven State of the Union addresses. This is huge. Especially in light of the results from a Pew Research Center poll on global warming …

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