How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Pandemic

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Pandemic” – below is their description.

How do policy options move to the top of a party’s agenda? The short answer: when groups fight for them, the right way, at the right time. And while it’s never clear what’s the right way, we can say some things about it, and a lot about the timing within the political cycle.

Matt Yglesias argued earlier this week that some climate groups are harming their own cause by being overly critical of the Democratic Party, along with diluting their message by talking up issues that aren’t directly relevant to climate change, some of which have the bonus disadvantage of being unpopular with the overall electorate. Political scientist Dave Karpf answered with the case for party-aligned interest groups fighting hard for their agenda at the legislating stage, and for the strategy climate groups have used to attempt to build alliances within the party even if it means they sometimes adopt unpopular slogans about non-climate-related policy areas. I tend to side with Karpf, but I recommend all three items.

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