Daniel Souweine

Daniel Souweine is the campaign director for ForecastTheFacts.org, which seeks to ensure that Americans receive accurate information about climate change. Forecast the Facts is a project of Citizen Engagement Lab, of which Daniel is a co-founder and where he previously served as chief of staff. His previous lives include stints as a film producer, criminal justice policy wonk, and student at Brown University.

Why is WGBH Legitimizing David Koch’s Climate Change Denial?

Last Wednesday, more than 50 people gathered outside of WGBH — Boston’s public television station and the largest producer of national PBS television content — with 119,000 petition signatures calling on the station to drop David Koch from its board. Even Elmo was there (well, a local climate activist dressed up as Elmo), to say that a man who has spent millions spreading lies about climate change doesn’t belong on the board of an institution that seeks to enrich “people’s lives through programs and services that educate […]” WGBH spokespeople were quick to respond that as a board member, Koch has no impact on their programming. …

What Sandy Looks Like Six Months Later

Two weeks ago, I visited Keansburg, NJ, one of the many Jersey Shore communities devastated by the fossil-fueled Superstorm Sandy. My ostensible purpose was to deliver a check from members of my organization, Forecast the Facts, who had graciously donated to support the rebuilding effort. But I also wanted to see first hand what a climate disaster looked like six months later, after the nation’s attention had moved on. If you want the headline, it is that Keansburg is still reeling from Sandy. But it’s a headline that doesn’t scream at you when you first roll into town. As I …

The Climate Silence Continues

Anyone who takes the threat of climate change seriously has to view the reelection of Barack Obama with great satisfaction. The American people rejected Mitt Romney, a candidate who mocked the threat of climate change, much to the delight of his base. Among the millions of Americans already suffering from climate impacts, and the thousands who spend their waking hours pushing for urgent action, glasses were raised, and rightfully so. But if we look at the past few months with clear eyes, we must acknowledge that our victory toasts are bittersweet, given the near total refusal by both candidates to …

2012 or 1988?

1988. That was the year of James Hansen’s now famous congressional testimony on climate change. It was also the first year that climate change came up in the presidential debate cycle. Chicago Tribune reporter Jon Margolis asked Vice Presidential candidates Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle about climate change and fossil fuels. Both agreed that it was time to act. Fast forward 24 years. Today, the science of climate change is incontrovertible, and crushing impacts like drought, wildfires, and flooding are now hitting American communities. And, yet, if Barack Obama and Mitt Romney don’t discuss climate change tonight, it will be …

Climate & Energy

At the debate, listen for the climate silence

A new campaign aims to mobilize voters who want to see the presidential candidates take climate concerns seriously.

Climate & Energy

Hey, weather man: Where’s the climate coverage?

TV viewers want meteorologists to explain why their country's on fire. Will weathercasters embrace the responsibility when they meet this week at their annual conference?

Climate Skeptics

It wasn’t just the billboards: How activists brought down the Heartland Institute

Yes, the Heartland Institute shot itself in the foot with its stupid Unabomber billboard. But what really hurt was the anti-Heartland campaign joined by tens of thousands of citizen activists.

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