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Published on May 20th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson


The US Senate’s Chance Of Flipping & Joe Biden’s Potential VP — CleanTech Talk

May 20th, 2020 by  

In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to continue their talk about physical isolation, COVID-19, and politics. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion.

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Mike and Zach return to talking about the Senate race to start the second half of this episode. According to Mike, while there is little risk of half of the US Congress slipping back to Republican, there seems to be a good chance that the Senate will flip back to the Democratic party.

The two co-hosts dive a bit deeper into Florida as a swing state. As Mike explains, Biden is well-positioned to attract votes in Florida due to increasingly visible climate change impacts such as sunshine flooding and the impact on winter tourism. Mike and Zach agree that Biden offers hope to Floridians also in the midst of high levels of unemployment faced due to COVID-19.

Mike and Zach then transition into another aside on the 2020 presidential race. As Zach notes, although he believes it is a shallow way to evaluate a candidate, Biden “looks presidential” compared to Trump and consequently will fare better in debates and as a figurehead of American politics. Zach goes further to evaluate some of the reasons why Hillary Clinton was unsuccessful in the last presidential election, and why Biden will not face the same challenges.

The co-hosts close the second half of this episode with some speculation on Biden’s Vice Presidential pick. Mike believes that it will be Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, or Elizabeth Warren, and voices his opinion specifically for Kamala Harris as complementing Biden’s campaign well.

To hear more on these topics, as well as more asides on Florida, renewable energy, and Biden’s potential Vice President choice, listen to the show!

Featured image: Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks at the U.S.—China Climate Leaders Summit, held at the JW Marriott hotel in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)



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About the Author

Winter Wilson is a Cutler Scholar and undergraduate student double majoring in Environmental Studies and Journalism at Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College, with a minor in French. Her academic interests include environmental communication, technology and social innovation, especially as they relate to international climate change mitigation and adaptation. Though Winter attends school in her hometown of Athens, Ohio, she takes advantage of her breaks to explore the world beyond. She spent her most recent break undertaking self-driven research on climate change and environmental justice in Southeast Asia. This year, she will be completing her dual thesis and supplementary documentary series on climate change communication. Winter is excited to contribute to and work with the team at CleanTechnica as a Summer Editorial Intern.

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