- The Context
- State of the State
Nudges can be attractive mechanisms to achieve public policy outcomes — they’re relatively cheap, often painless ways to get people to change their behavior. But can they backfire?
51 percent of those surveyed in a new Muhlenberg College poll called climate change a major health risk.
The ramifications of the petition could be politically significant– allowing significant climate policy to be implemented without new legislation.
The survey found 68 percent of respondents want the state to do more to address climate change.
The partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg in 1979 sparked a major anti-nuclear backlash — halting the industry’s growth in the U.S. for decades. But now, amid climate concerns, there’s a big push to keep nuclear plants open.
Geologist Gregory Wrightstone has a career history with the gas industry, and his beliefs on non-CO2-related warming directly contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.
Dauphin County Republican puts the price tag of his nuclear bailout at $500 million annually, arguing that’s cheaper than doing nothing.