The Sunrise Movement over a blue wave.

It sounds like a tropical scene, but it was actually the state of affairs last week on Capitol Hill.

As Democrats prepare to take control of the House in 2019, a group of young activists — backed by Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — have put climate change front and center on the post-election agenda. And on protest signs right in front of Nancy Pelosi’s office door, as she seeks to become the next House speaker.

In this episode of Political Climate, we discuss how centrist Democrats are responding to pressure from the left to act on climate. And we speak with a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement about the group’s quest to establish a Select Committee on a Green New Deal.

Plus, how did the 2018 midterms ultimately shake out? Things have changed quite a bit since our last episode. We end, as always, with our “Say Something Nice” segment.

Recommended reading:

  • Green New Deal
  • New Yorker: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic Battles to Come in 2019
  • NYT: ‘Message of Change’: 16 Rebel Democrats Vow to Oppose Pelosi
  • Washington Examiner: Defiant in Defeat, Carlos Curbelo Says Climate Change Activism Will Help GOP

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