Young Conservatives: Not Engaging on Climate Is a ‘Huge Loss’ for the Republican Party

Young Conservatives: Not Engaging on Climate Is a ‘Huge Loss’ for the Republican Party

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer Political Climate The American West is being ravaged by wildfires. The Atlantic region is seeing a record number of named hurricanes in a season. Floods in the Midwest have impacted crop yields. For decades, we have been warned of the dangers that climate change will bring, but U.S. policymakers have failed […]

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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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Tom Steyer: California Can ‘Move Forward Environmentally’ Despite Pandemic, Heatwave, Wildfire Crises

Tom Steyer: California Can ‘Move Forward Environmentally’ Despite Pandemic, Heatwave, Wildfire Crises

by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer of the Political Climate podcast The Golden State is in a dark place. Power outages recently took place amid a historic heatwave, followed by a spate of devastating wildfires. These crises come on top of persistently high COVID-19 case numbers and a budget crunch.   But despite these challenges, California has the […]

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Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

As Hurricane Laura pounds Texas with winds over a hundred miles an hour, looking ahead to the future of wind power in the state is more than a little ironic. From a climate perspective, the rapid expansion of low-carbon energy resources in Texas couldn’t come soon enough. 

Why This Matters: Texas has dominated the U.S. crude oil and natural gas industry since the early 20th century and remains the leading producer of these fossil fuel resources.

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Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Julia Pyper, host/producer of Political Climate Tony Seba has a track record of making accurate predictions. In 2014, the Stanford University futurist projected that clean energy technologies would fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel industry, a notion that other experts said was deluded. Flash forward to today, and Seba correctly forecast the rapid decline in solar […]

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Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

Why Equitable, Clean Transportation is Key to a Sustainable Economic Recovery

By Julia Pyper, host/producer Political Climate As Congress looks toward the next coronavirus relief package, a growing number of stakeholders from across the political spectrum are calling for a comprehensive clean energy infrastructure plan to address the nation’s economic challenges. Updating America’s transportation system offers a ripe opportunity to create jobs while lowering carbon emissions. […]

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