Column / Harder Line

Why climate change can’t escape Washington’s back burner

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

When it comes to federal policy priorities, climate change rarely drives the agenda.

Why it matters: It's one of the biggest issues facing political and corporate leaders, yet it is almost always put behind more imminent priorities. The amorphous, long-term nature of the problem doesn’t fit well into political agendas, and companies respond in kind. This dynamic is kicking into high gear under President Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress.