It will take a massive wartime mobilization effort to effectively address the climate emergency, argues Saul Griffith — inventor, MacArthur "genius" fellow, CEO of Otherlab and co-founder of Rewiring America, an organization dedicated to creating millions of American jobs while combating climate change. 

So what does a wartime mobilization effort look like? How much will it cost? Will we have to make sacrifices in the process? What does this shift mean for the future of utilities? And will politicians ever get on board? Griffith explains in this episode of Political Climate.

Plus, he weighs in on the massive year-end spending bill that passed in Congress this week which includes significant climate and clean energy measures. If signed into law, will this legislation put the U.S. on the right track to achieve deep decarbonization?

Recommended reading:

  • Rewiring America Handbook
  • NYT: To Cut Emissions to Zero, U.S. Needs to Make Big Changes in Next 10 Years
  • NYT: Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal
  • 'Need for Speed': Why Solving Climate Change Is About More Than CO2

Political Climate is hosted by Julia Pyper, Brandon Hurlbut and Shane Skelton and supported by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. Listen and subscribe to on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle Play or wherever you get podcasts! We're also on Twitter @Poli_Climate.