Hundreds of veterans of Barack Obama's campaigns and administration have signed on to endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, as multiple Democratic presidential candidates compete to claim the popular former president's political coalition and legacy. - CNN
Domestically, “climate change will be the defining issue of the 21st century, and this will be the first presidential election where it will play a meaningful role,” said Hurlbut, who anticipates a Democrat will take the White House and re-enter the United States into the Paris agreement. - Morning Consult
Shane Skelton in the News:
'Jury is out': Some climate hawks question whether Greta Thunberg phenomenon will help curb emissions
“I’m not sure that Time magazine elevating her further is helpful in achieving our shared goal of mitigating the most harmful effects of climate change,” said Shane Skelton, who runs the consulting group S2C Pacific. “I admire her passion and the lengths she’s gone to in promoting what is a very important cause,” said Skelton, a former energy and climate policy aide to former House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he questioned whether Thunberg’s activism has produced “real-world impact.” - Washington Examiner
Six-term Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko speaks to the Political Climate podcast about the newly introduced 100% Clean Economy Act, clean energy tax credits, and his outlook on getting these bills to the President’s desk.
Listen in for some outtakes from a longer interview with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger conducted by our friends at the Political Climate podcast, which is dedicated to amplifying bipartisan dialogues about addressing critical environmental and social concerns. Co-host Julia Pyper chats with us about Schwarzenegger's savvy messaging strategy, the dangers of gerrymandering and how his background as a bodybuilder shaped his philosophy toward fighting global warming and other environmental issues.
Brandon Hurlbut in the News
Biden to Challenge Democratic Climate hawks with 'Meat and Potatoes' Approach
Biden has a track record in the Obama administration of enacting policies that have helped reduce emissions and lower the cost of clean energy, allies say. “When people look at the cost declines of clean energy technologies, it all starts to go down in 2010,” said Brandon Hurlbut, a former campaign adviser for Obama's 2008 campaign who was later chief of staff at the Energy Department. “That's not a coincidence. That was a consequence of the Recovery Act investments. The vice president was a big part of that.” Washington Examiner
The Schwarzenegger Institute is excited to announce a new partnership with “Political Climate,” a bipartisan podcast exploring energy and environmental issues in America. After gaining listenership from across party lines including industry leaders, congressmen, activists and news media, during their first season, “Political Climate” is advancing their robust public dialogue on climate and energy through this new partnership.
Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down for an exclusive interview with the podcast “Political Climate” to discuss the connection between weightlifting, gerrymandering and the fight against climate change. The former California governor and global environmental leader has been tackling the issue of pollution for years by continuously working across the political aisle.
When it comes to addressing climate change, majorities of U.S. voters consider it important for Congress to commit to clean energy innovation and 100 percent clean power generation over 10 years, according to new polling from Morning Consult/Politico. Hurlbut said he is encouraged by the 39 percent of Republicans who called it very or somewhat important for Congress to set a date by which the country would phase out production and use of fossil fuels. “That is something that we can work with,” he said. Morning Consult
"Political Climate," a podcast that tracks the politics and substance of global warming policy, has new partners and wider ambitions. It's now backed by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Axios