Election Analysis–What It Means So Far for the Planet

When we filmed this interview on Thursday afternoon we still didn’t know the result of the presidential race, nor a handful of Senate races like in Georgia or North Carolina. But we do know some things:

  • There’s a decent chance that the Senate is in Republican control–this could change if both Georgia U.S. Senate elections go to a run-off in January.
  • Democrats did win two big Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado.
  • Loses for Dems in the House show that climate change and the Green New Deal were not winning issues for many Americans.
  • If Biden wins there are a handful of steps he can take to advance climate action even if the Senate is in Republican control (government spending power is real!).

Check out our breakdown and if you’d like to skip through to a certain question, check out these time stamps:

00:27 Aside from the presidential race, what were some bright spots in the results so far?

3:05 What about races that didn’t bode well for climate candidates?

6:50 What will a Republican Senate mean for a Biden administration?

10:05 How do Senate office openings in the 2022 election provide space for young people to be in places of political power?

12:06 What do you think the potential flip in Arizona, in both the Senate and presidential races, might mean for climate change and environmental policy in the region?

13:37 What are some similarities and differences you’re seeing between this election and the 2000 election?

17:23 Regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, how do you hope climate policy will change in the next 4 years? What do you want to see?

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