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This week we discuss the many ways that dirty energy has controlled the politics of clean energy. Leah Stokes, an expert on interest groups and their influence over policy, joins the gang. Her new book, Short Circuiting Policy, is the focus of our episode.

We’ll talk about the history of clean energy politics as detailed in Leah’s book, which she researched over a seven-year period.

Who are the truly bad-actor utilities? How have they held back climate policy, and where would we be without their resistance?

Suddenly, utilities are embracing much more ambitious carbon-free energy targets. How optimistic should we be about their intentions?

Then, we'll turn to the election. With Bernie Sanders out, what will his climate-oriented voters do? How long will they hold out, what influence do they have and how will they wield it? 

Recommended reading:

  • Leah Stokes: Short Circuiting Policy
  • Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren says ‘government has been bought and paid for’ by big business. Political scientists say she’s got a point.
  • Guardian: Trump Administration Declines to Strengthen U.S. Clean Air Standards
  • L.A. Times: Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates
  • The Atlantic: Trump’s New Auto Rollback is an Economic Disaster
  • The Atlantic: “We Knew They Had Cooked the Books”
  • NYT: Coronavirus Does Not Slow Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks
  • NYT: Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists
  • The Hill: Democrat questions WH transparency in rollback of bedrock environmental law
  • Inside Climate News: Joe Biden Must Convince Climate Voters He’s a True Believer
  • The Hill: State of the Race: Green groups press Biden after Sanders exits
  • Common Dreams: After Sanders Exits Race, Climate Campaigners Thank Him for 'Raising the Bar' and Urge Biden to 'Step Up'
  • Guardian Opinion: Dear Joe Biden, Here is how you can earn our support

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