09.07.20. The Heat is On


This week in addition to election news, we examine the devastating wildfires in California, and how the record heat in western states is leading to widespread power shortages. 

As the chaos of 2020 continues, Labor Day weekend was full of surprises for sports fans, with an upset win at the legendary Kentucky Derby, and an upset tennis player at the U.S. Open following his disqualification. Then getting to our Election Update, we analyze what a variety of polls show about President Donald Trump’s popularity, and what the current spread in percentages among likely voters is between him and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Meanwhile, sound bites of both of the presidential contenders show that they appear to have a similar low opinion of each other… elsewhere, more naked protests are underway as social unrest spreads to Rochester, following the death of a black man after he was restrained by police.

However, with the summer heat in full swing and record temperatures being logged in states like California, we turn our attention to the devastating wildfires occurring in that state, asking what their more widespread effects will be. Although it is hard to argue that climate is a significant contributor to this growing problem, we also ask why the modern state of climate science is such a politically divisive issue, and whether it can’t be seen as a bipartisan concern.

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