WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Extra! Extra! Listen All About It: A Conversation with Energy and Climate Journalist Amy Harder.”
In this episode, host Kristin Hayes talks with Amy Harder, national energy and climate change reporter at Axios. Harder reflects on her career in environmental journalism, explaining why she has long prioritized climate change in her reporting and how she separates fact-based coverage from climate advocacy. Among the "sleeper issues" that she notes as stories to watch out for in the coming year, Harder says she is closely monitoring states like New York and California pursuing their own ambitious environmental agendas separate from the federal government, as well as burgeoning tensions between the EU and the US over climate change policy.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- Industry response to climate change : “One transition that we’ve seen a lot in the last couple of years is oil and natural gas companies feeling the pressure from investors and activists and politicians to be more up front about the impact their products have on climate change and also potentially evolving their business strategies to exist and make profits in the coming century.” (5:04)
- Unbiased climate coverage in politically polarized times: “It’s my job to tell the world how I see things through a dispassionate perspective. And I think as people become more concerned [about climate change], as companies and lawmakers face more pressure—that requires an even more dispassionate and even-handed journalist.” (15:03)
- The possibility of future climate-fueled trade disputes: “One thing that I’m watching is a potential climate-change-fueled trade war with Europe in particular. The European Union has proposed what amounts to a carbon tariff for goods coming in from other countries that don’t have similar climate change policies. Now, this isn’t likely to go into place for another year or two, but nonetheless, some analysts that I’ve talked to have said that this could be the way Congress feels pressured to do something big on climate change.” (19:58)
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