A podcast on energy and environmental issues in America and around the world. Presented by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Canary Media. Political Climate goes beyond echo chambers to bring you civil conversations, fierce debates and insider perspectives on the policy landscape. Join hosts Julia Pyper, Brandon Hurlbut and Shane Skelton as we explore how energy and climate decisions get made and the political interests powering them.
Republicans are often viewed as enemies of the clean energy transition. Some people believe the GOP will never embrace climate action. So is voting them out the only way to save the planet?
If you ask environmental policy pioneer Terry Tamminen, the solution isn’t that simple.
As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pick to lead the California EPA, Tamminen found ways to craft ambitious clean energy policies and programs with buy-in from both Democrats and Republicans. In his current role as CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Tamminen is working to advance sustainability solutions across the country and around the world.
In this episode of Political Climate, recorded live at GTM’s Solar Summit, we talk to Tamminen about why it’s important to get Republicans on board with the climate change agenda. Even if it means avoiding the words "climate change" altogether.
We also discuss why Democrats are rallying around a 100 percent renewable energy target, when it has yet to be proven technically feasible. Plus, we talk about California's clash with Washington D.C. over fuel economy standards and whether philanthropy is proving we don't need to spend taxpayer dollars on fighting climate change.
- Terry Tamminen: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
- LDF: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation awards $20 million in environmental grants
- GTM: Solar and Wind Companies Spend More on Republican Candidates Than Democrats
- GTM: Mark Jacobson Drops Lawsuit Against Critics of His 100% Renewables Plan
- NYT: California Sues Trump Administration Over Car Emissions Rules
- BBC: Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal
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