Filed under: Business + Politics, Society + Media | Tags: energy, politics, trust
Trust no one.
Especially in politics. Well, that is except for the politician I’ll be interviewing this Monday for our CEP project, of course.
All sarcasm aside, my group and CEP face a unique challenge when it comes to framing the energy debate for an audience of policy makers.
I believe John Wilson said it pretty well when he posted,
“What policy makers actually care about, versus what they say they care about, are sometimes light-years different. They care most about survival… There’s a good chance that the economic angle of climate change–long-term cost savings, job creation, tax revenue, will be guiding points for lawmakers (at least this year).”
I have no trust in politicians. Perhaps this is in part due to the fact that it is completely unheard of for me to find a candidate I agree with on even 60 percent of the issues. Take for example the Candidate Calculator Rebecca posted last week. My results came in with a 33 percent match for Obama, a 33 percent match for McCain, and the rest was split up among the other candidates. When there’s no straightforward answer, you can see how this might turn one away from politics.
If I can’t trust a politician to do what is good for me, let alone anyone else, then how can I trust the government to come to the planet’s rescue? If I can’t trust a politician to speak for me, then how can Mother Nature trust a politician to speak for her? Politicians do what is good for them; what will get them the most votes, the most money, and the most time in office.
As John said above, they care about their survival. They will say and do whatever they need to survive now. Tomorrow’s keys to survival may be different and therefore will require a different set of verbiage and action items.
Keeping this is mind, my group and CEP will have to move forward knowing that policymakers are a fickle bunch, and the right framing today will be the wrong framing tomorrow.
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