We made it. We finished summer without nuclear war or an international catastrophe -- and now we can calm our nerves with pumpkin spice everything.

This week, as we close out summer and prepare for a busy fall news cycle, we're checking in on the stories that we think will define the remainder of 2017.

Katherine gives us a rundown on the top priorities for Congress.

Jigar talks about the shakeout coming for the auto sector.

And Stephen looks at the potential impact of Suniva and SolarWorld's trade complaint.

This podcast is sponsored by Mission Solar Energy, asolarmodule manufacturer based in San Antonio, Texas. Visit Mission Solar at the upcoming Solar Power International conference at Booth 3975. You can find out more about Mission’s American-made, high-power modules at missionsolar.com.

Recommended reading:

  • Roll Call: 5 Top Energy and Environment Priorities as Congress Returns
  • Green Biz: From Tesla to Mercedes-Benz, Automakers Become Energy Companies
  • GTM: Business Strategies for Managing the Section 201 Solar Trade Battle