June 25, 2019
So many candidates, so little time! If you’re curious what some of the Democratic contenders for president are proposing when it comes to climate change, fasten your seatbelt. From plans to reach net zero emissions by 2045 to investments in direct air capture technology, the presidential hopefuls each have an ambitious climate platform. Who has the most aggressive approach? What are some of the more unique initiatives? And how achievable are the policy proposals currently on the table?
Zoya Teirstein is a climate reporter for Grist, an environment and climate change media platform based in Seattle. Her work has been featured in Mother Jones, Salon and The Verge, among many other publications. Today, Zoya joins Alexsandra and Ross to explain why climate change has become part of the cultural zeitgeist for the first time. She walks us through several of the presidential candidates’ climate plans, covering Biden’s shifting approach, Inslee’s comprehensive policy, and Warren’s initiative to green the military.
Zoya also shares why an all-of-the-above approach is controversial, how feasible it would be to institute a carbon tax, and why there is a growing call for a separate climate debate. Listen in for insight into where Bernie, Beto and Booker stand on climate change and learn what Mayor Pete, Michael Bennet and John Delaney are proposing in terms of climate policy.
[0:48] Zoya’s path to reversing climate change
[2:16] Why climate change is in the cultural zeitgeist for the first time
[8:20] Joe Biden’s shifting approach to climate change
[12:39] Why an all-of-the-above approach is controversial
[14:07] The growing call for a climate debate
[24:33] Elizabeth Warren’s approach to climate change
[29:29] Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke’s climate plans
[32:52] Pete Buttigieg's approach to climate change
[34:09] Michael Bennet’s climate plan
[40:28] Zoya’s insight on the feasibility of a carbon tax
[44:44] Bill Weld’s position on climate change
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