Joe Biden’s VP Pick, TikTok, + 2020 Election Possibilities, Part Deux

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Published on August 15th, 2020 |
by Winter Wilson

August 15th, 2020 by  

In the second episode of this two-part Cleantech Talk discussion, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, sit down to talk about political trends, TikTok, and the Vice Presidential pick for Joe Biden. 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 continue their conversation by diving into Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President. At the time this podcast was recorded, the Vice President had not yet been chosen. The co-hosts talk more about what it might mean for Biden to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate and how COVID-19 has already impacted the process and might impact the 2020 election. (Listen to the episode to find out which of the two was pulling for Harris.)

Zach and Mike then launch into a broader conversation about how both the Republican Party and Democratic Party have changed over time. Mike explains that picking the Vice President is a balancing act done out of safety and to energize a piece of the voter base that the primary elections do not energize. The co-hosts explore how the policies of presidential candidates would have been considered over time. Mike touches on how the Republican Party has evolved to adopt groups that contain racism and misogyny, for example. But Mike also sees that the Republican Party may be starting to shift in relation to these party identities and begin tackling problems like climate change that many in the party have denied historically. Mike sees the Republican Party taking one of two routes: leaning more into the extremism seen with the Trump administration, or beginning to re-evaluate what the party stands for.

Mike and Zach transition into talking about how COVID-19 is shaping the economy and causing severe suffering within the United States. The co-hosts talk about what the future looks like and what the general public might expect to see happening in the next few years. They also ask the question: how will the COVID-19 pandemic influence politics? Mike sees the mishandling of the pandemic as fuel for energizing the Democratic base for the November election. They wrap up the show by talking about where they see hope in the near future for the United States.

To hear more on these topics, as well as listen to who accurately predicted Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential pick, listen to the show! 


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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.