Environmental Voter Turnout and Tipping the Scales

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At least 40 million Americans have already cast a ballot in early voting, with still more than a week until Election Day.

In this episode of Political Climate, we examine if environmental issues are mobilizing voters the way that analysts anticipated. Who are those voters and do they hold sway? We discuss with Nathaniel Stinnett, founder of the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan organization focused on identifying inactive environmentalists across the United States and turning them into reliable voters in every election.

This year, the stakes are especially high. Control of the U.S. Senate is very much in play, while Joe Biden and Donald Trump duke it out for the White House with wildly different policy platforms. Could environmental voters tip the scales?

We also consider how fracking and natural disasters are playing into the 2020 election cycle, as well as the rise of “big green” political donors. Plus, we check in on a Texas election bet.

Recommended reading:

  • WaPo: Early Voting Numbers So Far
  • NPR: Wall Street Is A Big Source Of Campaign Cash For Democrats
  • NYT: 'Climate Donors’ Flock to Biden to Counter Trump’s Fossil Fuel Money
  • Guardian: Trump has made fracking an election issue. Has he misjudged Pennsylvania?
  • NPR: MacArthur 'Genius' Brings National Attention To Local Fight Against Sewage Failures

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This episode is brought to you with support from Lyft. Lyft is leading the transition to zero emissions vehicles with a commitment to achieve 100% electric vehicles on the Lyft platform by 2030. Learn more at lyftimpact.com/electric.

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