Podcast | What Biden’s early moves say about fighting the climate crisis

The president talked a big game during the presidential campaign. Our guests look at what he is doing in his first year to back that up.

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Deb Haaland, Joe Biden and John Kerry

From left: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. (Evan Vucci/AP) 

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. 


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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.