Red State, Blue State Tackles Climate Change Conversation


On this West Virginia Morning, in the past, President Trump has written off science and called climate change a “total and expensive hoax.” This week, Trump said in an interview with 60 Minutes that the climate is changing, but it’s not “man-made”, it might reverse itself, and it’s not worth losing millions of jobs over. After all, Trump has promised to jumpstart the struggling coal industry. 

Now, these two related issues – climate change and energy jobs – get very different reactions, depending on what part of the country you’re in. And you’ll hear those reactions in this installment of “Red State, Blue State”—our weekly chat between Trump Country and the Blue Bubble, co-hosted by Us & Them’s Trey Kay in West Virginia and KCRW’s Chery Glaser in Southern California.

And we hear the Mountain Stage Song of the Week — “Pizza Towers to Defeat” from Leo Kottke’s 2002 album “Clone“.

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