There has been no shortage of climate-related news in recent days ⁠— from President Trump’s attack on California’s emissions-trading system to Senator Schumer’s $450 billion electric vehicle proposal, with disastrous wildfires raging in the West and the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in the East.

It’s a grab bag of climate headlines on this week’s episode of Political Climate.

We begin by revisiting the wildfire crisis in California, as co-host Shane Skelton copes with a power outage and warnings that his community may soon have to evacuate. Governor Gavin Newsom's administration inherited this challenge, but now that he's in power, what's his plan for coping with it?

Next we look at the Trump administration's attack on a foundational California climate policy: its cap-and-trade system. Did California overstep by partnering with the province of Quebec? We also look at the latest developments in the clash over California's clean-vehicle standards.

Finally, we check in on the new bipartisan climate caucus in the Senate and debate the Republican backlash over the Democrats' climate agenda in the House.

Recommended reading:

  • Vox: Wildfires and Blackouts Mean Californians Need Solar Panels and Microgrids
  • SacBee: Gov. Newsom Calls for Warren Buffett to Buy PG&E as Widespread Power Shutoffs Continue
  • WSJ: Trump Administration Sues California Over Cap-and-Trade Market
  • Reuters: Senate Democrat Schumer Proposes Plan to Swap Gas Cars for Electric Vehicles
  • Reuters: GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Back Trump on California Emissions Challenge
  • Washington Examiner: Republicans Mount Counter to Democrats’ ‘100 by 50’ Climate Plan

Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and thanks to invaluable support from producer Victoria Simon.

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