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Matto Mildenberger
Assistant Prof Political Science UCSB. Studies climate and energy politics.
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
Elections and democracy need a full and open airing of the risks facing Canadians. The very idea that information provision about climate change, the most serious current threat to Canadians, will be restricted is a staggering failure of Canadian democracy. 8/8
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
This is pernicious. It gives unprecedented agenda-setting power to climate deniers. Political institutions are literally silencing groups committed to protecting health and well-being of Canadians. I can't think of any democracy where this has happened 7/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
Why? Maxime Bernier leads the People's Party, a far-right, nativist splinter group that embraces climate scepticism. Because one fringe party contests "science", Elections Canada now suggests that defending science could be partisan electioneering. 6/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
This type of post-truth, post-fact morass is worse than anything in the United States right now. Not even climate deniers in the US enjoy this type of structural power over democratic debate.6/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
... groups whose very purpose is to protect these Canadians from these harms are being silenced by government rules that treat all perspectives as opinions. Facts can't and shouldn't be political. They are instead an essential feature of democratic deliberation. 5/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
Just think about what this means. Our society is under threat. Choices that Canadians make in this election will decide whether they experience massive social and economic harm over the coming decade from climate change, but...3/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @mmildenberger
Sadly, this is not a surprise to me. I've been hearing similar rumblings for the last few months. Environmental groups are uncertain whether they can have conversations with the Canadian public during the election about climate change under new campaign finance laws. 2/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Today's reason to be angry. Elections Canada is now warning environmental groups that discussion science may be classified as a partisan intervention in the forthcoming election. The reasons are infuriating 1/
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Matto Mildenberger 15h
Replying to @MarkVinPaul
We do this as part of training graduate students - it's really effective and insightful for them to see how the sausage gets made. Would highly recommend!
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 17
Just re-read this important paper by and colleagues (h/t to ). They estimate the median social cost of carbon globally is staggering $417/tonne. No country approaches this level w/ carbon price. Few even a tenth of this. Bleak.
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 17
Replying to @leahstokes
Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done again. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done again. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. Done again. Done again again again again again. Done.
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 16
Replying to @JohnHolbein1
probably 25 a year, plus usually 1 book, and now also the endless reviewing as part of being a journal editor
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 16
On the plus side: Very few violent threats on NextDoor in SB. But don't worry, still an enormous amount of incessant grumbling about how densification will steal everyone's water and destroy the local environment.
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 15
Replying to @maya_sen
Not my fault that the patriarchy is an all-you-can-eat buffet!
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 15
Livid does not begin to describe my reaction to this research study. Read the threaded excerpts. Then walk around angry for the day.
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Michael Ross Aug 13
My paper “What do we know about export diversification in oil-producing countries?” is just out in Extractive Industries and Society. I know the topic sounds obscure, but it’s critical for global climate politics & development. Here’s why. Thread
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Leah Stokes Aug 13
Yesterday + others published an important new article in ERL. They examine the benefits of an RPS for the Rust belt, including Ohio--which just rolled back its clean energy laws. A quick THREAD, breaking down their findings.
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 12
Brilliant op-ed by in . As automation threatens US jobs, we must support new social safety nets. Clear parallels to Green New Deal efforts to imagine job-creating+inequality-reducing responses to climate-related economic disruption.
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 12
First-rate empirical work by . This great thread describes how commons were organized and managed in prehistoric, RomanoBritish, and early medieval periods. Complex institutional governance arrangements! Shows yet again why commons management was no "tragedy".
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Matto Mildenberger Aug 11
Replying to @eroston
Thanks . You might also like an essay-length version I wrote up:
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