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Prof. Aseem Prakash on KUOW Radio's The Record, "Should politicians lead with climate?"

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on January 18, 2019 - 3:27pm

On KUOW Radio’s The Record, Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak are interviewed on the environmental issues in election choices.

They make the point that in order to get climate and environmental policies in place, first elections of politicians sympathetic to the cause must be elected. And this in not strictly a partisan issue. Prakash and Dolšak remind listeners that many environmental laws made in the 1970s were implemented under the Nixon administration.

An important aspect that should be emphasized is to frame the message in the idea that environment policies are good for the economy. These policies can bring jobs and prosperity particularly to rural, economically depressed areas with energy production like wind. Politicians in favor of green-tech need to take that lesson and incorporate that message. Our Washington State Governor Jay Inslee should talk jobs first and then “...bring in climate change.”

Please link here for the interview on KUOW's web site.