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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Jun 9, 2017

Part one of a two-part look at the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The scientific consensus is that climate change will wreak havoc on the planet if unchecked. That’s why more than 190 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement. President Trump’s pullout from Paris is one sign the U.S. administration thinks it can dodge the issue of climate change and isolate itself from a changing planet.

But other countries are taking the risk of climate change a lot more seriously. What do they know that the Trump administration does not, and how might that hurt America?

Helping us consider those questions are:

  • Frank Yu, Principal Consultant, Asia-Pacific Power & Renewables, Wood Mackenzie 
  • Paul McConnell, Research Director, Global Trends Team, Wood Mackenzie
  • Nate Aden, Research Fellow, World Resources Institute
  • Samantha Gross, Fellow, Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate

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Recorded June 8, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.