Affect and Climate Change

Andean glaciers in Paris collapse the distinction between local and global. [pquote]The procession’s message was clear—2 degrees is not enough to stop the dangerous melting of glaciers in the Andes. The written message placed on the ice exclaimed: “Survival is our priority 1.5 degrees.”[/pquote]It was day six of 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate […]

The Paranoid Style of Climate Change Denial

Through its actions and appointments, the Trump administration has elevated climate change denial to official government policy. The administration’s position represents a fundamental shift away from science toward the embrace of what Richard Hofstadter termed the “Paranoid Style in American Politics.” The paranoid style breeds a form of post-truth cynicism that destroys confidence in science as a tool for guiding thoughtful responses to issues like climate change.