DITCHED: Dark Money and Political Influence with Dr. Leah Stokes

DITCHED: Dark Money and Political Influence with Dr. Leah Stokes

In the United States, electric utilities are an outsized influence on our political process. Utilities can be a force for good but as UC Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes explained to ODP this past spring, “There is an abundance of shadow, dark money, and nonprofits groups whose missions’ are to stifle clean energy progress and […]

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G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 countries have a critical role to play in leading efforts to combat climate change, as they account for 79% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Despite pledging a decade ago to phase out subsidies for oil and other heavy CO2-emitting fuels in the “medium term,” G20 nations have almost tripled the subsidies they give to […]

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Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Japan’s efforts to fight climate change is “hindered” by the influential business lobby Keidanren, Aaron Sheldrick reported for Reuters yesterday. As Sheldrick explained, the powerful lobby is “dominated by energy-intensive sectors that represent less than 10% of the economy, resulting in national policies that favor coal and are hindering […]

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Cross-party Cooperation on a Green Recovery in the UK, There’s Still Hope for the US to Do the Same

Cross-party Cooperation on a Green Recovery in the UK, There’s Still Hope for the US to Do the Same

by Kate Cullen  “A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress pushes for an economic stimulus that dramatically scales-up the transition to a net zero emissions”  Today, this feels like an unthinkable headline, but after working on these issues in the U.K., I’ve come to believe that bipartisan action to decarbonizing the U.S. economy may not […]

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John Podesta: There’s No Time Left for ‘Moderate’ Climate Solutions

John Podesta: There’s No Time Left for ‘Moderate’ Climate Solutions

by Julia Pyper, host and producer of Political Climate John Podesta has had a long and distinguished career in American politics. The veteran Democrat official recalls a time when Members of Congress were open to working across the political aisle, the debate was healthy and the resulting policies were less prone to repeal. But today […]

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Centrist Democrats Support Deficit Spending, A Good Thing for a Potential Biden Climate Agenda

Centrist Democrats Support Deficit Spending, A Good Thing for a Potential Biden Climate Agenda

At the start of 2019, Chairman of House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth, said he and other senior Democrats aimed to write a fiscal blueprint that would cut annual budget deficits by 50% in the next 10 years. We even heard deficit reduction discussed at length in the Democratic primary debates this past winter. For […]

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