Interview With Gina McCarthy: EPA And Joe Biden Have a Sweet History click button

Interview With Gina McCarthy: EPA And Joe Biden Have a Sweet History

This week, we spoke to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the 50th anniversary of the agency’s creation.  McCarthy is excited about the agency being able to return to its mission, re-establish its science, and put people first again. EPA has a really rich 50-year history and certainly that history is not about killing jobs […]

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DITCHED:  Is 2020 the Tipping Point for Fossil Fuel Divestment?

DITCHED: Is 2020 the Tipping Point for Fossil Fuel Divestment?

Despite economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of countries, companies and financial institutions are committing to quit coal and are beginning to ditch oil and gas projects, too. 

In this episode of Political Climate’s special DITCHED series, host Julia Pyper speaks to Tim Buckley at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) about what’s driving the increase in fossil fuel exits around the globe, including in historically coal-dependent economies such as China and India.

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Bonus Pre-Election Interview with Pita Juarez, Comms Director of Chispa click button

Bonus Pre-Election Interview with Pita Juarez, Comms Director of Chispa

Today we want to share with you this interview with Pita Juarez who has been working to mobilize BIPOC and Latinx voters for Chispa, an arm of the League of Conservation Voters.  They are currently working in 5 states with large concentrations of minority voters and hope to expand to Texas in the next election […]

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New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

In its annual survey of attitudes about climate change and environmental issues in countries around the world, the Pew Research Center concluded that across the board, half or more of the people surveyed consider climate change to be a very serious problem.

Why This Matters:  While some (Fox News, e.g.) might want you to think that protecting the environment and fighting climate change are in opposition to job creation and economic growth.

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US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

Yale just published its annual 2020 Environmental Performance Index, ranking 180 countries from most to least sustainable, on metrics based on ecosystem health and environmental factors like water and air quality and waste management.

Why this Matters: This relatively bad ranking demonstrates the US’ growing environmental issues.

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Environmental Cases in the Cross Hairs As Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett

Environmental Cases in the Cross Hairs As Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett

On Saturday, President Trump announced he would nominate Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and predictably her approach to environmental cases is likely to be quite conservative.

Why This Matters:  Environmental cases are likely to be heading to the Supreme Court as many statutes need to be interpreted to deal with today’s environmental challenges.

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