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Shepherd joins VP Harris for climate discussion

Alan Flurry

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography, moderated a discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris about climate change at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, in Atlanta:

Fresh off the president’s State of the Union speech and with a likely re-election bid on the horizon, Vice President Kamala Harris flew to Atlanta on Wednesday to deliver a message on climate change. She called it “one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

“The clock is not just ticking, it’s like banging,” Harris told an audience at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. “It’s requiring us to move quickly, but there’s so much to be excited about in terms of what we can do.”

Harris touted the Biden Administration’s efforts to combat climate change, including billions of dollars for climate-focused initiatives through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“This is not about polar bears,” said University of Georgia professor Marshall Shepherd, who helped moderate the conversation with Harris.  “I like polar bears, they’re cute, but this is about kitchen table issues that affect lives in Oakland, California, and Canton, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee.”

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Image: photo of (L-R) Marshal Shepherd, Isaiah Bolden, Assistant Professor, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech, and VP Kamala Harris.

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