We're Missing the Story on Palin's Environmental Record
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
That's the argument of Curtis Brainard at the Columbia Journalism Review. As he concludes:
Palin might not have the longest political track record to scrutinize, but the environment is clearly one area in which there is plenty of room to dig. It's time for the national media to take a cue from the Anchorage Daily News and explore the myriad ways in which Palin's environmental record might affect all manner of federal governance, from Bush's midnight regulations to McCain's less conservative, but potentially mutable, positions.