Crosscut Talks

Can Environmental Policy Bring the Two Parties Together?

October 22, 2019

Republicans and Democrats don't often agree. Environmental policy is no exception, especially climate policy. The response to the Green New Deal highlighted the clear divisions between the parties. Most Democratic leaders stood behind it, while most Republicans ridiculed it. The partisanship softens some when looking at the voting public. But while the gap is closing, surveys show that Democrats across the country still support action on climate change in greater numbers than Republicans do. So, is there a path forward for bipartisan environmental policy? For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we discuss what it might take to get us there by asking leaders with environmental expertise from both parties, including former congressman and RepublicEn founder Bon Inglis, former Washington state gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant and Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. This conversation was recorded on May 4, 2019, at Seattle University for the Crosscut Festival.