There are two kinds of climate denial, one conservative and the other progressive.

Conservative climate denial goes something like this: Scientists tell us that, to avoid climate catastrophe, we need big government to limit our freedom and prosperity to protect life on earth. As conservatives, we hate big government, and love freedom, prosperity, and the free markets that bring them. If the science requires we sacrifice that, the science must be wrong.

Progressive climate denial goes something like this: Scientists tell us that, to avoid climate catastrophe, we need big government to limit corporate power and protect life on earth. As progressives, we hate big corporations, and love the shared sustainable prosperity that…


We are an endangered political species — pro-environment fiscally conservative Republicans. We embrace the radical idea that freedom, prosperity, and a healthy environment are not just compatible, but inseparable. And we need your help.

Tens of millions of us used to roam North America freely, criss-crossing every state and province, helping purify the nation’s air and water, conserving open space, repairing the ozone layer, and spreading prosperity by assuring that polluters pay a price.

But in the past generation, our numbers have been decimated by poachers determined to eliminate every genetic trace of us from the Republican Party.

These ideological…


Both conservative Protectors and progressive Liberators believe in the motto inscribed on every dollar bill: E Pluribus Unum — out of many, one.

But what kind of one will make us thrive? The left believes it takes a village, a place where free and equal citizens work together in relative harmony. The right believes it takes an organization, a hierarchy where disciplined leaders and orderly followers each do their assigned part to achieve a shared objective.

Progressives believe we thrive when we contribute selflessly to meet each other’s needs. In the archetypal village that Hillary Clinton famously wrote of, each…


Reality is beginning to dawn even on leaders of the establishment. The political media machine they work for may keep them in power for the time being. But it also traps them aboard a political Titanic by systematically destroying the economic, ecological, and cultural resources that keep us all afloat.

Smart leaders know this can’t last. But they can’t change the designed-for-gridlock system by themselves. They’re not in charge of it. No human being is. The political media machine is more like an artificial intelligence. It is run by an algorithm. Its coding must be rewritten. But the coders —…


You know the facts. The planet is getting hotter. In Texas, the years between 1980 and 2019 saw a record 113 weather and climate disasters. And these are only the disasters that caused damages over a billion dollars. In 2011 we had our hottest summer on record. That triggered the Texas Drought that was finally interrupted in May 2015 — when it gave way to a stormy deluge of biblical proportions, giving us the wettest month in our history. Then the wettest year washed away $8.7 billion in agricultural value. Cities along our gulf bore the brunt. Port Isabel experienced…


It could have been just another kind of flu, virulent and deadly, then gone. But in this world, at this time, the virus revealed our weaknesses. It spread faster and with more destructive consequences than if this were a healthier place.

The pandemic has changed our world. It shifted the profit center of politics and media from President Trump to COVID-19. It woke us from idol worship and demonization and focused us on each other. It kept us apart but reminded us we’re all in this together.

Here is the bottom line: Our system wasn’t resilient enough to stop COVID…


We’ve been saying here at In This Together, that November 3rd wasn’t the most important day in this election cycle, it was November 4th. November 4th was the day where, regardless of our political affiliations, either our greatest fear would be confirmed, or we could all take a collective sigh of relief. In a year as unpredictable as 2020, it’s no surprise that November 4th left us as tense, hopeful, and expectant as the day before.

We now know that Joe Biden has been declared President-elect. For about 70 million Americans, we can finally take that sigh of relief. For months leading up to the election, and the days and weeks that followed, we weren’t quite sure where our democracy was headed. Another four years of the Trump administration could have meant countless more deaths from the Coronavirus pandemic, the loss of rights for millions of Americans, and an even more deeply divided nation. …


Five steps for business leaders to reduce political warfare after November 3

We’re days away now from what is possibly the most divisive election in American history. We know that on the day after that election, on November 4th, at least 50 million people will be very disappointed, disillusioned, depressed, angry- some of them bordering on destruction. In fact, Dr. Nils Gilman, a researcher at the Berggruen Institute, ran a series of analyses that suggest that there are four likely scenarios to come of the 2020 election. Of those four scenarios, three are likely to end in violence. On November 4th, and the days, weeks, months, and possibly four more years that…


The right and left are more compatible than you think

Bill Shireman

Americans are coming off of the most disturbing presidential debate in the history of the country, but what we saw was not just a clash between men, it was a clash between two narratives.

Two frightening worlds are presented to us to keep us apart from one another. One is used to scare people to the extreme right by calling attention to a world in which socialists are coming for your guns, your money, and your freedom. The other narrative is designed to push people to the left…


Putting a tax on carbon could drastically reduce CO2 emissions

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that the sale of new gasoline cars will be banned in California by 2035. The policy, aimed at reducing emissions-based pollution in California, is the most assertive of its kind in the United States. The plan touts aggressive and necessary legislation, and it’s no surprise that it has already received pushback from energy research and fossil fuel industries. …

Bill Shireman

Bill Shireman is a social entrepreneur and environmental policy innovator. He is the co-author of In This Together.

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