DITCHED: Fossil Fuels, Money Flows, and the Greening of Finance

DITCHED: Fossil Fuels, Money Flows, and the Greening of Finance

If you’re an Our Daily Planet reader then you know that the podcast Political Climate is our top pick for understanding the current politics driving climate action (or roadblocking it). But outside of happenings in Congress and across the federal government, the world of green finance is an important component of our collective action to […]

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DITCHED: How Financial Regulators Can Protect Against Climate Risk with Steven Rothstein

DITCHED: How Financial Regulators Can Protect Against Climate Risk with Steven Rothstein

“Our hope is in 2021 there will be a vaccine for the pandemic. We know there’s never going to be a vaccine for climate change. We know that it’s just going to accelerate. The fires will grow, the floods will grow, the tornadoes, the droughts, the transition risks. So then the human cost, the economic […]

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DITCHED: Origins of the Divest/Invest Movement with Ellen Dorsey

DITCHED: Origins of the Divest/Invest Movement with Ellen Dorsey

  “Not only has the movement created this incredible momentum for divestment, but it has spread to other strategies targeting the fossil fuel industry, including calling on banks to stop financing new fossil fuels, insurers to stop underwriting fossil fuels, litigation targeting the industry for damages, calls for governments to stop subsidizing the industry, and […]

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DITCHED: ‘Not Your Grandpa’s Divestment Anymore’ with Justin Guay

DITCHED: ‘Not Your Grandpa’s Divestment Anymore’ with Justin Guay

  “It’s not hard to see that the writing is on the wall, that investors across the board are not making any distinction. It’s not just about coal anymore — they see all fossil fuels as problematic. And I don’t think that it will take very long before we see oil and gas receiving the […]

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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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Interview of the Week: Andrei Cherny

Interview of the Week: Andrei Cherny

Andrei Cherny is the founder and CEO of the online bank Aspiration. As CNN reported, “Aspiration is specifically marketing itself as an alternative to dissatisfied Wells Fargo customers. The California startup has a website urging customers to “switch banks from Wells Fargo” to save money and be with a lender they can trust. Unlike Wells […]

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