Sometimes I read things so you don't have to.
From the left: Democratic uber-operative John Podesta, the force behind lots of Obama climate policies, has a new piece on climate activism in the Trump era. Some takeaways from his Center for American Progress essay:
- A number of states and cities have robust programs that help form an "alternate path for climate action."
- Polling consistently shows backing for carbon-cutting policies.
- Falling renewables costs and growing deployment mean that green energy gains under Obama can withstand short-term policy changes.
- 2017 governors races in Virginia and New Jersey could be a referendum on Trump's environmental policies.
From the right: Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute, a top adviser to Mitt Romney's 2012 run, argues in Foreign Affairs that while human-induced climate change is real, the level of despair and freakout is way out of sync with what's projected about the severity and economic impact.
- Cass, calling for pragmatism, argues "catastrophism" brings bad behavior and policy in its wake. "It has produced calls for the investigation and prosecution of dissenters and disregard for constitutional limitations on government power."