Would Aristotle, Lincoln or Gandhi, three of the most renowned debaters in history, have resorted to making stuff up to win an argument? Lacking the knowledge of Aristotle, the honor of Lincoln or the altruistic goodness of Gandhi, far too many debates in America are drug through the muds of deceit, half-truths and outright fabrication. Environmental issues are not immune from this. Though talented debaters emphasize the points that support their argument and downplay those that do not, we hope that they aren't making things up. Yet dishonorable as it may seem to fabricate things or twist the facts, it seems to happen frequently. With that in mind, let's examine a few such issues.
Want to hear more on this topic? Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, spoke at Penn State's Colloquium on the Environment in October 2015 and has presented the speech a number of times over the last few years. Watch the video, Why We Should Trust Science (Most of the Time), for more.
Politics and Environment
The Facts as They Exist
Merchants of Doubt
Claiming What Was Never Theirs
A Less Partisan Environment
Environmental Martyrs in Honduras
Rearranging Deckchairs on the Titanic
Africa's Environmental Refugees
Ignoring Environmental Issues
Earth Day Turns 50
Prine in Paradise