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The Climate Pod

Apr 12, 2023

The latest publication from the IPCC, AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023, outlines a grim future if we don't decarbonize faster and prevent more unnecessary warming. In recent years, there have been major steps taken to accelerate decarbonization, including last year's Inflation Reduction Act passed in the United States to incentivize green energy investments. But even while carbon-free energy infrastructure continues to get a boost, new fossil fuel infrastructure isn't exactly slowing down either. And with the controversy over the Biden Administration's approval of ConocoPhillips’ "massive" Willow oil drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope, the question remains: why are fossil fuel projects still getting the green light?

To talk about the policy and politics behind fossil fuel expansion in the United States and across the globe, we've got two experts on today's show. Tim Donaghy, a Senior Research Manager for Greenpeace USA, and Danielle Deiseroth, Interim Executive Director at Data for Progress. We discuss the biggest takeaways from the IPCC report, the controversy behind the Willow Project, what voters want to see with energy expansion, and much more. 

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