Global Warming Solutions for a Polarized Political Climate

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Is there a bipartisan path forward on meaningful climate policy in America? If so, what does it look like?

Those are questions we’ve been grappling with on Political Climate over the course of this entire podcast season. Now we’re posing them — point-blank — to our Democrat and Republican co-hosts.

This is our solutions show and our final episode for 2018.

We kick it off with a rundown of the latest news headlines and issues to watch heading into the new year, including a coal-friendly Democrat taking a top spot on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, a new carbon fee and dividend bill, and a big utility’s voluntary 100 percent clean energy target.

Then the pressure is on co-hosts Brandon and Shane to share their climate policy solutions (21:30). We get both a big-picture vision and specifics around what they think decision-makers can get done in the coming years. Plus, a cameo from the Governator.

We wind down show by reflecting on our takeaways from Season 1 of this bipartisan podcasting effort, where things get a little personal (47:50).

Then, as always, we cap it all off with our “Say Something Nice” segment — where our Democrat and Republican co-hosts have to say something redeeming about the opposing political party.

This is our last podcast of the year, but this doesn’t have to be goodbye! You can always catch up on previous episodes you may have missed, featuring interviews with Senator Martin Heinrich; top Trump EPA official Mandy Gunasekara; Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board; and many other decision-makers and thought leaders in climate and energy.

Look out for a whole new season in 2019! Thank you for listening.

Recommended reading:

NYT: Joe Manchin Faces Liberal Opposition in Bid to Be Energy Panel’s Top Democrat Bloomberg: Bipartisan Climate Fee Backers to Plant Flag During Lame Duck GTM: Xcel Energy Commits to 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050 Vox: U.S. Climate Politics Just Got Even More Polarized. Here’s How Democrats Can Move Forward.

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