President Trump is considering the use of a Cold War-era defense act to shore up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, something the administration argues is essential to U.S. national security. But critics say this is the government picking winners and losers for political purposes. 

Republicans repeatedly slammed President Obama for investing taxpayer dollars in clean energy technologies during his tenure. Obama even invoked the Defense Production Act, the same law Trump is looking to use, to justify testing biofuels in the Navy. Was he picking winners and losers too? Or was he investing in the next generation of American competitiveness?

In this episode of Political Climate, we debate who is picking favorites in the energy space, and how solar was a loser in the rollout of Trump’s protectionist trade agenda.

We also touch on the unusually tight Arizona special election, where Democrat Hiral Tipirneni came within a few points of upsetting Republican Debbie Lesko in a deep-red district. Did the candidates’ views on climate change play a role in the outcome? 

Next, we discuss the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which recently added two new members. Does the group represent an honest effort to combat climate change? Or is it political greenwashing?

In our final segment, If You Can’t Say Something Nice, our Republican and Democrat co-hosts each share something they recently found redeeming about the opposing party. 

Recommended reading:

  • AZ Central: Here's Where West Valley Congressional Candidates Stand on Climate Change
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby: What Is the Climate Solutions Caucus?
  • Bloomberg: Trump's Latest Plan for Saving Coal Comes From the Cold War
  • GTM: The Trumpian Politics Behind SunPower’s Planned Purchase of SolarWorld USA
  • GTM: New Bipartisan Legislation Would Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs
  • Time 100: Scott Pruitt
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