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Teaching environmental policy in an era of polarization and misrepresentation


The current national leadership in the United States poses challenges for anyone teaching in the environmental policy field. Although previous political administrations have been critical of environmental programs, the Trump administration poses new and different kinds of threats, among them a rejection of scientific analysis, selective use of policy data, a disregard for long-term threats like climate change, and a lack of policy and scientific integrity. Teachers of environmental policy should recognize these issues while building the capacities of students for using policy and scientific analysis critically and with integrity.

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Correspondence to Daniel J. Fiorino.

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Fiorino, D.J. Teaching environmental policy in an era of polarization and misrepresentation. J Environ Stud Sci 8, 179–182 (2018).

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  • Polarization
  • Scientific integrity
  • Transparency
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Climate change