If you’re following political news then you’ve probably
heard of The Squad, a group of four newly elected congresswomen
advocating for progressive policies like the Green New Deal.
But have you heard of the New Democrat Coalition and its plans
for dealing with climate change? In this episode of Political
Climate, we hear from a lawmaker who is leading that charge.
Last year, Sean Casten ran one of the most overtly pro-climate
action campaigns of the 2018 midterms, in a historically Republican
district. In the end, Casten, a biochemical engineer and a clean
energy entrepreneur, beat out six-term Republican Rep. Peter
Rep. Casten’s race in the Illinois 6th District was identified
as a 2018 battleground that could have determined whether or not
Democrats took control of the House. And it’s a moderate,
suburban district that Democrats will want to keep in 2020.
As you’ll hear in this interview, Rep. Casten is intent on
finding solutions to climate change and doesn’t shy away from
getting wonky on topics like energy storage and attracting capital
to the solar sector. But he also has a critical view of some of the
policies his fellow Democrats have put forward.
New Democrat Coalition Climate Principles
ThinkProgress: Newly elected Democratic congressman casts doubt
on Green New Deal
GTM: A Green Wave? How Climate and Clean Energy Are Playing
Into the 2018 Midterms
Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger
Institute, and thanks to invaluable support from producer Victoria
Source: FS – Transport 2
Rep. Sean Casten on the New Democrat Path to Fighting Climate Change