45 episodes

Benji Backer discusses environmental topics with influential leaders ranging from scientists and researchers to sportsmen, pop culture icons, and young activists; from the political left to the political right. Each aims to keep our air, water and land clean along with our freedoms and prosperity. Follow Coming Clean on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ACC_National) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/acc_national).

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Benji Backer discusses environmental topics with influential leaders ranging from scientists and researchers to sportsmen, pop culture icons, and young activists; from the political left to the political right. Each aims to keep our air, water and land clean along with our freedoms and prosperity. Follow Coming Clean on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ACC_National) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/acc_national).

    The Crossroads Of Climate And Workforce Development

    The Crossroads Of Climate And Workforce Development

    Dr. Casey Sacks, the president of Bridge Valley Community and Tech College in West Virginia, discusses workforce development and the role of community colleges in preparing students for the emerging clean energy job market. She shares her background in education and her experience working at the US Department of Education. Dr. Sacks also highlights the opportunities and challenges in West Virginia, including the state's focus on green tech and the importance of partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses. She emphasizes the value of community colleges in providing affordable education and training for in-demand careers.

    Takeaways

    Community colleges play a crucial role in workforce development by providing affordable education and training for in-demand, clean economy careers.

    West Virginia is a state with many opportunities for economic development and is leading in the green tech and green energy transition.

    Partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses are essential for preparing students for the job market and meeting the needs of industries.

    There is a need to raise awareness about the diverse career opportunities available in fields like advanced manufacturing and clean energy.

    Community colleges are well-suited to serve adult learners and provide them with the skills needed to transition into higher-paying jobs.


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    • 35 min
    The Gap in Conservative Christian Engagement with Environmental Issues

    The Gap in Conservative Christian Engagement with Environmental Issues

    Andrew Spencer, author of 'Hope for God's Creation, Stewardship in an Age of Futility,' discusses the gap in conservative Christian engagement with environmental issues. He explains that the gap emerged due to the liberal evolution of environmental ethics and the borrowing of language from progressive Christian thinkers. Spencer emphasizes the importance of answering four fundamental questions: the value and origin of the created order, the human place within creation, and the end goal of creation. He highlights the need for Christians to engage in positive ways, balance economic and environmental trade-offs, and promote substantial healing rather than pursuing perfection. Spencer also advocates for the embrace of nuclear energy as a means to increase human flourishing and address environmental concerns.

    Takeaways

    The gap in conservative Christian engagement with environmental issues emerged due to the liberal evolution of environmental ethics and the borrowing of language from progressive Christian thinkers.

    Answering four fundamental questions about the value and origin of the created order, the human place within creation, and the end goal of creation is crucial for developing a Christian environmental ethic.

    Christians should engage in positive ways, balance economic and environmental trade-offs, and pursue substantial healing rather than perfection in their stewardship of the environment.

    Nuclear energy has the potential to increase human flourishing and address environmental concerns, but it requires regulatory reform and a focus on cost-effectiveness and waste management.

    Conservatives and Christians should promote a narrative that values both human life and the environment, highlighting the importance of responsible stewardship and the pursuit of the common good.


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    • 46 min
    Guess Who’s Back With (Now Published Author) Benji Backer!

    Guess Who’s Back With (Now Published Author) Benji Backer!

    The title was Benji’s joke, clearly. Stephen Perkins is joined by Coming Clean and ACC Founder Benji Backer as he kicks off the tour for his new book “The Conservative Environmentalist”, a treatise on what it means to merge two terms which started off synonymous. 

    Takeaways

    The book 'The Conservative Environmentalist' offers a comprehensive and common-sense approach to environmentalism from a right-of-center perspective.

    The narrative around climate change needs to change, focusing on innovation, economic growth, and human flourishing.

    ACC and its members play a crucial role in shaping the conservative environmental movement and creating a third path between alarmism and denial.

    Short-term wins, such as permitting reform and plugging orphaned wells, can pave the way for larger steps in environmental action.

    The book tour and the movement as a whole are driven by the collective efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to finding sustainable solutions.


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    • 34 min
    Conservative Environment Solutions with US Senate Candidate Dave McCormick

    Conservative Environment Solutions with US Senate Candidate Dave McCormick

    Stephen Perkins is joined by Dave McCormick, a candidate for United States Senate in Pennsylvania, who discusses his background and motivation for running for office. He highlights the dysfunction in Washington and the need for new leadership on the environment. McCormick also emphasizes the importance of a conservative approach to the environment and the need to effectively communicate Republican views on environmental issues. The two the competition with China and the connection between energy policy and national security. McCormick advocates for involving the fossil fuel industry in environmental solutions and emphasizes the importance of nuclear energy. The interview closes with Dave sharing his favorite place in nature and recommends the book 'The Splendid and the Vile' by Erik Larson. 

    Takeaways

    Dave McCormick is motivated by a sense of service and a desire to provide new leadership in Washington.

    Conservatives should adopt a pragmatic approach to the environment, recognizing that economic growth and environmental conservation are not mutually exclusive.

    The competition with China is a critical environmental issue, and the United States must invest in research and development to maintain its technological edge.

    Energy independence is crucial for national security, and nuclear energy should be a significant part of the energy mix.

    Involving the fossil fuel industry in environmental solutions and investing in workforce training are essential for a successful energy transition.


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    • 39 min
    Politico Energy’s Josh Siegel | The Intersection of Environment, Politics, and Media Coverage

    Politico Energy’s Josh Siegel | The Intersection of Environment, Politics, and Media Coverage

    Josh Siegel, Energy and Policy Reporter at Politico and host of the Politico Energy podcast, to discuss his career following energy and climate across the halls of Congress. He emphasizes the importance of objective reporting and the challenges of covering environmental issues in a partisan media landscape. Siegel also highlights the shift in Republican attitudes towards climate change and the recent Energy Week in Congress. He shares his most impactful stories and his motivation for journalism. He concludes by expressing his excitement for the future of energy and climate policy.

    Takeaways

    Objective reporting is crucial in the energy and environment beat to cut through partisan narratives and provide accurate information.

    There has been a significant shift in Republican attitudes towards climate change, with more members acknowledging the issue and proposing bipartisan solutions.

    Energy Week in Congress is a platform for Republicans to showcase their priorities and promote bills related to energy and climate policy.

    The media plays a vital role in informing the public and challenging policymakers on energy and climate issues.

    Josh Siegel recommends the book 'The War Below' and the podcast 'The Big Switch' for further insights into critical minerals and energy topics.


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    • 40 min
    Rivian | Exploring The Challenges Facing The EV Market

    Rivian | Exploring The Challenges Facing The EV Market

    Chris Nevers, Senior Director of Public Policy at electric car maker and tech company Rivian, discusses the company's background, its position in the EV market, and the challenges faced by the industry amidst an unprecedented slowdown and investor uncertainty. He shares his own journey to Rivian and highlights the importance of supporting environmentally conscious brands. Nevers emphasizes the need for policies and incentives that accelerate the transition to EVs and promote sustainability. He also discusses Rivian's efforts to reduce its environmental impact and engage communities in clean energy initiatives. The conversation concludes with a sneak preview of the upcoming unveiling of Rivian's R2 in a pivotal time for the EV industry.

    Key Takeaways

    Rivian is a domestic tech and EV-only auto company that aims to protect the environment and build sustainable vehicles.

    The EV market is facing challenges, including consumer uncertainty and range anxiety, but there is a growing range of EV models with improved range and affordability.

    Rivian engages customers through brand stories and supports policy efforts to improve charging infrastructure and make EVs more accessible.

    Reducing environmental impact is a priority for Rivian, and the company actively accounts for carbon emissions and works towards sustainability goals.

    Supporting environmentally conscious brands and advocating for policies that accelerate the transition to EVs are crucial for a sustainable future.


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Mclaugh19 ,

A refreshing take on the environment

This podcast (and org) are presenting a one-of-a-kind take on the environment and showing that environmentalism is not just for anti-capitalist socialists. Go free market!

woodrowpwilson ,

Felt like a waste of time

Boring, shallow, etc

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