Episode

6/16 Fixing the Planet That Capitalism Broke & Biden’s Climate Inaction w/ Kate Aronoff

June 16, 2021

Sam and Emma host Kate Aronoff, staff writer at the New Republic, to discuss her new book, Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet — And How We Fight Back, on how we got to this stage in the climate crisis and policy solutions needed to slow climate change in the coming decades. They cover a bit of background, taking on the effect of Right-wing think tanks and oil money on bolstering the role of the fossil fuel industry as a part of the U.S. identity, pushing the “crisis” element to the side and working to undermine cross-racial solidarity among the industrial working class. Aronoff explores the failures of the policy focus on carbon pricing, allowing Republicans to build up the perfect blueprint for striking down any potential policy, before Sam and Emma explore her takes on moving towards a sustainable future, focusing on investments in a workforce that incentivize a shift towards renewable energy while bolstering the country’s economy and identity. They round out the interview with a discussion of Green New Deal reforms in Europe, and the importance of recognizing U.S. oil exports as central to our carbon footprint. Then, Sam and Emma appreciate John Yarmuth’s choice to stand by Ilhan Omar and the squad after Democratic leadership threw them to the side in the face of racialized misogyny from the Right, chat about Mitch McConnell’s tactics for taking on the reconciliation bill, and discuss the recent Manchin zoom leaks.

And in the Fun Half: Brandon, Emma, and Sam talk through Manchin’s zoom leak, covering how he plans to maneuver around filibuster reform, how Dems keep avoiding hard decisions, and how that can change moving forwards, then watch Bishop William Barber take on Manchin’s failure to stand up for the WV working class. Tucker Carlson whips up some conspiracy theories about the role of coconspirators in the Jan 6th conspiracy and how the FBI was secretly the conspirators this entire time, then Ivory Hecker’s attempt to vocalize objection to Fox’s favoring of marketing over news is undermined by some truly horrible Project Veritas editing, Stephanie from MN calls in to discuss the Republicans’ turn on the teacher’s union, and Republican Chris Pringle stunningly has to do more research on Critical Race Theory before he can really answer questions on his proposed bill to ban it. Hannity discusses the horrors of progressive migration to FL with DeSantis, plus, your calls and IMs!

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