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Well, at least they’re “stickin’ it to the libs.” Willingness and even eagerness to do things that imperil one’s own survival for no other reason than to tweak one’s enemies is a pretty reliable indicator of clinical mental illness.

How else can you explain the illogical stance taken by a growing group of GOP governors and state treasurers on the issue of climate change? Is it because they LIKE turning Earth into an unrelenting inferno? Do they LIKE weather extremes outside the parameters of recorded human history? Are they fans of what will soon be classified as Category 6 hurricanes and F-6 tornados? Are they in endless love with endless droughts concurrent with rapidly rising sea levels and disappearing shorelines?

Essentially these governors and treasurers are actively opposing ANY legislation, business dealings or economic investment strategies associated with clean energy. They are openly punishing any and all companies and investment firms who have expressed a desire to lower greenhouse gas emissions, calling these efforts “politically motivated” and even “woke”—whatever that means.

They are also actively rewarding and promoting unwavering and eternal commitment to fossil fuels.

What’s driving this insanity? It’s tempting to just say, “Follow the money.” Virtually all of these governors and treasurers are from oil and gas rich states and are dependent on fossil fuel industries for keeping the political donation spigot wide open.

But it’s more than that. It’s driven by an obsession with “sticking it to the libs.”

That amounts to a murder/suicide pact, and is indicative of a form of mental illness that is hostile to reality.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.