Politicized Vernaculars and the Vernaculars of Politics

I was sitting on a plane from Washington to Johannesburg last July when I struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler sitting across the aisle from me. As any sane person would do on this 18-hour-long flight, I began to inquire about his vocation and why he was heading to South Africa in the …

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Representing Himself–Why Are We (sort of) Okay With Ken Cuccinelli’s Witchhunt?

Ken Cuccinelli might run the 2013 Governor’s seat in Virginia, one year before his tenure as Attorney General would have run its course. As we ponder the bizarre discrepancy between voters’ articulated demand for transparency and surging support for disingenuous, pandering candidates for public office, we would be wise to avoid making firm predictions about …

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India’s peculiar contradictions

"China & India must play a leading role in reducing GHG emissions and develop 'clean' energy economies." This is repeated often by other nations, environmentalists, and anyone who feels like dispensing advice. I take some issue with China & India being put in the same bucket when talking about GHG reductions and the level of …

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Post Conference Thoughts – Altruistic Hubris

The COP15 was certainly a worthwhile experience all-around for me personally.  Before I left I was incredibly skeptical that anything positive would come out of the conference.  I left the conference not only skeptical but also angry and fearful; angry that just about any group with an agenda used climate change as an impetus for …

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