Are We Losing the Race Against Climate Change?

47:18 minutes

China burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined–and has 300 more coal plants in the works. But China also leads the world in solar panel exports and wind farms, and has a national climate change policy in place. Is the U.S. falling behind on climate? Ira Flatow and guests discuss how the world is tackling global warming–with or without us–and what it might take to change the climate on Capitol Hill.

Segment Guests

Henry Waxman

Henry Waxman is member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA) and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Los Angeles, California.

Eileen Claussen

Eileen Claussen is president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Arlington, Virginia.

John Ashton

John Ashton is former climate change ambassador for the United Kingdom; co-founder of E3G; and an independent commentator on politics and diplomacy of climate change in London, England.

Michael Mann

Michael Mann is author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet (Public Affairs, 2021) and a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.