Few people have more experience working in modern Democratic politics than John Podesta. From Senate staffer to White House chief of staff, progressive think tank founder to presidential environmental policy counselor, campaign manager to climate action advocate — Podesta has seen a lot.

In this exclusive, in-depth interview, Political Climate gets the veteran Democrat’s perspective on the state of climate politics amid the pandemic and intensifying run-up to the 2020 election. We hear how he would advise Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden to address climate change if elected, including actions a new Biden administration could take within its first 100 days.

We also discuss why Podesta has beef with Facebook, what he thinks about ending the Senate filibuster, and his thoughts on President Trump’s campaign strategy. Plus, Podesta shares his preferred pick for Joe Biden’s running mate.

John Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. He is the founder of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress and served as counselor to President Barack Obama, in whose administration he focused on climate and energy policy. Podesta chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016. He is currently a member of Climate Power 2020, a campaign created to change the politics of climate.

Recommended reading:

  • The Atlantic: The Audacity of John Podesta
  • Grist: Climate Leftists and Moderates Have a Radical New Plan to Defeat Trump: Work Together
  • Mother Jones: Democratic Leaders Want to Know Why Facebook’s New Oversight Board Won’t Deal With Climate Lies
  • The Hill: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Recovery Must Dismantle Environmental Racism

Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. This episode is brought to you with support from Lyft. Listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle Play or wherever you get podcasts.