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Leah Stokes

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Leah Stokes, A Matter of Degrees

My Climate Journey

Today's guest is Dr. Leah Stokes, a renowned climate and energy policy expert, strategist and researcher, helping leaders build clean energy practices into their long-term plans to secure our future. But her resume doesn’t end there. Leah is an award-winning author of Short Circuiting Policy, an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and co-host of a top climate podcast called A Matter of Degrees, where she and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson tell stories about the powerful forces behind climate change and the tools we have to fix it. Leah is also senior policy advisor at Rewiring America and Evergreen Action, plus she was named a Grist 50 Fixer in 2020. While she has a pretty impressive bio, Leah is also a unique combination of pragmatic, progressive, commercial-minded, activism-minded, academic-minded, and scientific-minded, all blended into one powerhouse of a woman.In this episode, Jason and Leah have a great discussion about her  journey, theory of change, and how it's evolved from when she first started doing this work to today. We also cover some of the barriers holding back the transition and the most impactful levers to facilitate it. Finally, we put controversial topics that people squabble over all the time, front and center, and talk through them pragmatically and respectfully with the nuance that they deserve. This is an insightful conversation you don’t want to miss. *Leah will be participating in an MCJ Ask-Me-Anything event on Wednesday 11/02 in our Slack community. Get your burning climate questions ready. RSVP here.In this episode, we cover: [3:12] An overview of Leah's work[5:56] Her motivations and how she started working in climate[9:40] How her theory of change has evolved[11:27] Importance of structural change[15:27] Tensions between conservation, decarbonization and environmental justice[21:46] Leah's feelings toward fossil fuel company executives and the impacts of their denial campaign[28:47] The role of fossil fuel companies moving forward in the clean energy transition[32:31] The political polarization of climate change[35:48] A future of abundance with clean energy[38:23] Leah's views on the state of the climate emergency[41:55] The role of the West vs. the rest of the world[46:19] GDP growth and falling emissions[49:46] Speed round including nuclear, offsets, carbon pricing, and moreResources mentioned in this episode: The Dirty Truth About Electric UtilitiesThe Faraway Nearby by Rebecca SolnitFollow the Leader by Gabe LenzHow Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation by Greg NemetGet connected: Jason's TwitterLeah’s Website / TwitterMCJ Podcast / Collective*You can also reach us via email at info@mcjcollective.com, where we encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.Episode recorded on September 22, 2022.

54mins

31 Oct 2022

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The Case for Climate Optimism (with Gavin Schmidt and Leah Stokes)

In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt

The United States is on the brink of passing a climate bill that could get us closer to making real progress against climate change than we’ve ever been before. Gavin Schmidt, climatologist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, talks with Andy about the seemingly insurmountable number of climate catastrophes we’re currently experiencing and how the the Inflation Reduction Act may help finally rein in climate change. We also hear from Leah Stokes, a political scientist and environmental expert who helped craft some of the bill’s climate provisions. She explains how the bill would transition large parts of the economy from fossil fuels to clean energy and get us closer to cutting pollution in half.  Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt. Follow Gavin Schmidt and Leah Stokes on Twitter at @ClimateOfGavin and @leahstokes Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.  Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: https://lemonadamedia.com/sponsors/ Check out these resources from today’s episode:  Go to https://www.call4climatenow.com/ to learn how you can urge Senators to pass the Inflation Reduction Act Find vaccines, masks, testing, treatments, and other resources in your community: https://www.covid.gov/ Order Andy’s book, “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response”: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250770165 Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.  For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com/show/inthebubble.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

5 Aug 2022

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'BradCast' 7/25/2022 (Encore: Dr. Leah Stokes on Manchin and our deepening climate crisis)

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com

58mins

25 Jul 2022

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'BradCast' 7/19/2022 (Guest: Dr. Leah Stokes on Manchin and our deepening climate crisis)

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com

58mins

20 Jul 2022

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Amanpour: Leah Stokes, Martin Indyk, Max Boot, Nick Willing

Amanpour

Attention turns to climate policy leading up to the COP26 Conference. Leah Stokes, Associate Professor at U.C. Santa Barbara and environmental policy expert, joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss President Biden's climate agenda and why Senator Manchin's opposition is so pivotal. Then, Martin Indyk’s new book “Master of the game” looks at former U.S Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s role in the Middle East and what we can learn from his political philosophy. The Washington Post Columnist Max Boot joins our Walter Isaacson to talk about how the Republican party may pose an existential threat to the future of democracy. And Nick Wiling, the son of renowned artist Paula Rego, recounts his mother’s life and work that is currently displayed in London’s TATE Britain.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

55mins

22 Oct 2021

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'BradCast' 10/19/2021 (UCSB's Dr. Leah Stokes on Manchin nixing Biden's key plan to replace fossil fuels)

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com

58mins

20 Oct 2021

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What Biden Is Bringing to the Climate Fight with Leah Stokes, Katharine Wilkinson and Julian Brave NoiseCat

Crosscut Talks

He talked a big game during the presidential campaign. Our guests look at what the president is doing in his first year to back that up. Democratic control of the federal government was far from certain heading into the 2020 general election. But following the election of Joe Biden to the presidency and Georgia's two Senate seats going blue, an unexpected opportunity emerged.  One of the biggest questions facing the party now in power is what it would do with this moment when it came to the environment.  Climate policy has never been a given when it comes to actual legislation at the federal level. But President Biden and many of his fellow Democrats have put climate front and center in this first year of his administration. For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, Dr. Leah Stokes, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and Julian Brave Noisecat discuss the moves the president has made to shore up his administration's environmental acumen, the scope of his vision and whether it will amount to anything.  --- Credits Host: Mark Baumgarten Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara Engineers: Seth Halleran, Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

48mins

9 Sep 2021

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S3 Ep 9: Energy Combat w/ Dr. Leah Stokes

Think 100%: The Coolest Show

Energy Combat requires a hand-to-hand fight with policymakers and interest groups who have persuaded the passing of laws that benefit corporations and disengage communities most affected. Dr. Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barabara, discusses with RevYearwood her book “Short-Circuiting Policy”. She shares the tactics that Fossil Fuels companies use over the years, from graduating from Climate Denial to now Climate Delay and even hiring actors to protest in support of the companies taking land from our neighborhoods.  We must realize that both the Green Energy and Fossil Fuels companies cannot both have their way, and Dr. Stokes gives us a game plan to combat these tactics. The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

59mins

19 Apr 2021

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All About the Biden Climate Plan w/ Leah Stokes, Ben Beachy, and Andres Jimenez

Upside Down: The CCAN Podcast

In this episode, CCAN hosts our second federal webinar! This time about President Biden's climate plan. Included in the American Jobs Plan. We're joined by guest speakers, Dr. Leah Stokes of Evergreen Action, Andres Jimenez of Green 2.0, and Ben Beachy from the Sierra Club.  Click here for the full transcript to this episode!

59mins

15 Apr 2021

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The Path to 100% Clean Electricity by 2035 with Leah Stokes

Upside Down: The CCAN Podcast

In this episode of Upside Down, On February 24th, CCAN, CCAN Action Fund, and Evergreen Action hosted this all-star panel on the Policy, Politics, Economics, Climate Science, Jobs, and Justice Behind Biden's Plan for 100% Clean Electricity by 2035. We were joined by author and scientist Michael Mann, Economist Stephanie Kelton, Dr. Leah Stokes, and Johnathan Williams of the Sunrise Movement.  Check out the full transcript for the episode here! Check out The New Climate War Check out The Deficit Myth Check out Short Circuiting Policy And Check out the plan for 100% by 2035  And for more info check out our website at chesapeakeclimate.org

58mins

26 Feb 2021

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