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"Hi and welcome to climate twenty twenty a podcast about climate change and the two thousand election. I'm David Gilbert the climate media company the years project and my co host. Jeff Nesbit of climate. Nexus is usually here but Today today we managed to reach him in his hotel room. Somewhere in the State of Utah. So where are you so I'm in Sundance right now. I'm in Sunny Sundance. You taught the the resort. Robert Redford founded that also hosts the the Sundance Film Festival. We're here talking about climate change and some other big issues and it's a bit quite right a quite quite an event so Jeff we'RE GONNA WE'RE GONNA be talking a little bit later. In the show with nathaniel stat of the environmental voter project is a really interesting guy. Who's done a lot of work? In trying to get lacy environmentalists who People care about the environment but don't generally go to the polls is trying to change that and we'll hear your how he's doing it and how it's been going for him but hey let's let's talk about the big news this week. From climate perspective. Twenty twenty presidential race could not a big shakeup very soon former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg billionaire businessman three-time New York City mayor is prepared to enter the Democratic race. It is not it said if Mike runs he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running America's biggest city and I think what what levels the playing field for billionaire is that he's doing it from his own money as opposed to some dark money that we don't know where it Michael Bloomberg has decided to enter the presidential race. Well well he hasn't quite decided that yet. I think he's still. He's filed in Alabama and he is now looking at Arkansas's well but I think it's still I mean he's I think he's close close. I think it's he's obviously close but I think it could shake up the race and move special Shake up the climate portion of that race. The two people who spend a great deal of time talking about the climate tissue are the two billionaires in the race. Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg yet Elizabeth Warren talking about it more so as people edge. But I it's just an interesting dynamic And the second thing is Mike Bloomberg has spent a lot of his philanthropy wealth on the climate issue. You know the thing that strikes me about Bloomberg is that more than any other public look figure except maybe Jay inslee this has been on his mind for a long time. I mean back in two thousand eleven. He started to support the Sierra clubs beyond coal campaign which is a very effective campaign altogether. We spent one hundred and ten million dollars in that campaign. And it's you know it's had As you know considerable success in helping to shut down about half of the nation's coal plants and then in June last June He committed a half billion dollars close to a new campaign expanding the beyond coal campaign to beyond carbon. So he's really. This is an issue that that he's cared about for a long time from a political local standpoint. It certainly changes the dynamic. If he does get in he does he pull votes away from Biden Does he increase the the sailing. Say The climate issue the gun violence issue and a couple of others. I I think that's that's what I'm looking at. I'm guessing that because of the problems the Bloomberg had with his stop and Frisk Policy If he does run he's going to have to do something Along the lines of environmental justice to appeal to a lot of the people that he alienated with these stop and Frisk program sipped out together and in silence united against the New York. Police Department's stop and Frisk Policy. which protesters say? I singles out minority groups. I've been targeted a few times already. Like just like hey what are you doing. What are you going on like pooper has had some very negative? The things to say about the green new deal. A lot of elected officials have embraced the idea of a green new deal. Greek green new deal. And that's great. It's become fashionable to do you. So but I think it's time as party that we started putting some meat on the bone laying out exactly how a green new deal shooting. What tired of you're listening to things? That a pie in the sky that we never gonNA pass never going to afford. I think it's disingenuous to promote those things. You've got to do something that's practical when you look at the program that he's advocating with beyond carbon the successor beyond coal. He's talking about a lot of exactly exactly the same goals that the green deal has. If let's say Mike Bloomberg shows up on the debate stage with Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders. Who has been front and center On on the climate issue Throughout this race to sell some it's an Iowa with AFC and others Bernie Sanders talks about a green new. Deal and Sodas Mike Bloomberg. What else is on your mind this week? Another another announcement this week. That she's scare people have to death. Which is the International Energy Association? Just you know said yet. Again Carbon dioxide emissions worldwide are going up. And the reason. Why does that energy consumption is going up in other parts of the world so the lack of US leadership on this issue is is is hurting us all around the world that that is really not good news for all of us who would like to see co two levels start to flatliners come down. And what has said is that the reason reason for that increase in carbon dioxide emissions is because of more energy consumption around the world more coal plants are being built. which let's be real steams crazy to be building new coal plants in other parts of the world? But that's what's happening and There's more energy consumption around the world. That's offsetting less consumption. In countries like the United States states and Europe. I noticed that Iran just discovered announced the discovery of fifty billion barrels of oil so It Ain't GonNa be easy but that's a fair point jeff and I and it's worth keeping in mind that we still have the the ability and the capacity to reduce the projections that the I. E. AS making and we we'll see you next week in a minute or two will be back with Daniels. Dinette."