How a Pro-Coal Republican Policymaker Became a Clean Energy Champion

How a Pro-Coal Republican Policymaker Became a Clean Energy Champion

When President Trump appointed Neil Chatterjee to the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2017, the environmental community was worried. As a former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, onlookers expected a pro-coal agenda to define Chatterjee’s term as a regulator.  Despite maintaining sympathy for coal communities struggling through the energy transition, Chatterjee says he’s “very bullish on the growth of renewable energy.”  Chatterjee told the Political Climate podcast in a recent interview.

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DITCHED: New York’s Divest/Invest Commitments with Daniel Zarrilli and Alfred Griffin

DITCHED: New York’s Divest/Invest Commitments with Daniel Zarrilli and Alfred Griffin

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer, Political Climate Cities and states have powerful roles to play in divesting from fossil fuels and directing investments toward sustainable industries. There are a number of ways for these sub-national actors to participate in the divest/invest movement and help pave the way for more widespread action.  In this episode of Political […]

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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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DITCHED: Oil Companies Under Pressure with Valentina Kretzschmar

DITCHED: Oil Companies Under Pressure with Valentina Kretzschmar

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer, Political Climate A growing number of financial institutions are moving their investments from fossil fuels into less polluting projects and resources. So what do oil and gas companies make of this shift? Some of them are waking up to the clean energy transition in response to investor pressure. But there are […]

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DITCHED: Greening the Banks with Patrick McCully and Joe Sanberg

DITCHED: Greening the Banks with Patrick McCully and Joe Sanberg

Banks don’t just hold on to your dollars and cents, they also play a role in addressing the climate crisis.  In the latest episode of Political Climate’s DITCHED series, the show takes a closer look at the banking sector and what institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and others can do […]

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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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