A bipartisan podcast on energy and environmental politics in America. Presented by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. Political Climate goes beyond the echo chambers to bring you civil conversations, fierce debates and insider perspectives, with hosts and guests from across the political spectrum. Join Democrat and Republican energy experts Brandon Hurlbut and Shane Skelton, along with Greentech Media's Julia Pyper, as we explore how energy and environment policies get made.
What the heck happened in Iowa? Democratic co-host Brandon Hurlbut shares a first-hand account of the caucus reporting glitch and top voter issues in the first state to hold a presidential nominating contest. We look at where climate ranked.
Meanwhile in the capitol, House Democrats have unveiled draft legislation and policy roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Is this the kind of bold climate leadership that advocates have been calling for? And are there proposals in the CLEAN Future Act that Republicans could back? Co-host Shane Skelton argues that there are.
Not to be left out, House Republicans are floating their own climate plan that focuses on planting trees, removing plastic pollution and funding clean energy innovation. But is it the kind of innovation that the planet needs or is it a smokescreen? A good first step or pure optics?
We discuss what innovation means to Republicans and where there's common ground with Democrats on this week's episode of Political Climate!
- WaPo: Climate change among top concerns for Iowa Democratic caucus-goers
- NPR: Iowa Farmer Says He's Disenchanted With President Trump
- E&C: E&C Leaders Release Draft CLEAN Future Act
- Axios: What’s in Republicans’ new climate-change push
- Vox: “Innovation”: the latest GOP smokescreen on climate change policy
- NRDC: Promising Bipartisan Movement
Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute.
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