The environmental movement may not have succeeded in advancing its policy agenda in areas such as cap and trade, carbon taxes, ubiquitous wind farms or widespread energy conservation. But in some ways it still represents a paradoxical triumph of marketing and PR.
Look at some of the phrases or concepts that the environmental movement has insinuated into our political discourse.
It’s become almost commonplace to note that our society is becoming more polarized and less open to compromise.
There are fewer matters of public policy where it is simply possible, at some point, to split the difference. Even seemingly political questions are taking on many of the aspects of non- negotiable conflicts over lifestyle or values.
On November 6, one of two things will have happened.
Either Barack Obama will be re-elected president with the slenderest possible Electoral College majority — and perhaps lose the popular vote — or the gradual drift of support towards Mitt Romney over the past month will continue and carry him to victory, with a slightly greater Electoral College lead.
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