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Posted by Trish Riley, July 24, 2009

I’m really enjoying reading the work of Society of Environmental Journalists colleague Osha Davidson, editor of The Phoenix Sun. He’s helping us move in the right direction. Thanks, Osha.

Journalists and others need to turn our attention to solutions. Debating solutions to global warming is a sign of a healthy relationship. All sides have a common baseline and can help each other figure out where we need to go from here. Politically, massive resources should be used to defeat everyone in Congress who still wants to debate the modern equivalent of “Is the earth really round?” We need to divorce pols who are divorced from reality, and the proper venue for that is the ballot box or in some cases the recall petition. And then, we need to get on with our lives, with creating solutions to the largest problem facing us: global warming

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  1. 1. Osha Gray Davidson Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Trish. And thanks for all your good work helping the rest of us to move forward!

  2. 2. Nick Williams Says:

    I agree with Osha Davidson’s call to political action and his emphasis on highlighting solutions to global warming but we cannot simply ignore “climate deniers” at this stage. There are plenty of undecided voters who are not sure what to believe. Kevin Drum’s response to George Will’s column provides very specific information that can be useful to anyone who is involved in this debate. The science may have been settled but we know that plenty of political campaigns have been lost because outrageous claims by opponents were not taken seriously. If you don’t respond, many people will assume that the claim is factual.

  3. 3. Trish Riley Says:

    Thanks, Osha, and Nick, for your comments. Here’s the Kevin Drum column that Nick refers to: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2009/07/global-warming.

    My position on this is that as an environmental reporter, I feel a responsibility to bring valid information to my readers, and I believe they count on me for that because they know I’ve been studying and reporting on these issues for nearly 20 years and that I am well-enough informed to vet the truth from the BS that is so rife in environmental topics. That is my job. When I wrote for newspapers, I was frequently frustrated that they, reliant on advertising dollars from some of the biggest polluters, wouldn’t run stories that might offend their big supporters, and in the name of “journalistic objectivity,” they required that reporters provide opposing viewpoints to every story. I believe that giving ink to deniers and other (usually industry-supported) bloviators who are spreading false information just helps promote their lies. As a freelancer, I have exercised my freedom to exclude such disinformation from my stories. My objective is to inform the public, not confuse them. I believe that as awareness of our environmental situation grows, creativity and intelligence will be spurred to find solutions to the problems we face. As Osha points out, that’s how we as journalists can serve the public.

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