Stephen Colbert agrees with CNN commentator Erick Erickson in calling for inaction on climate change: “What’s the point of going to all that trouble if me and Erick Erickson won’t be around to enjoy it? I don’t want to be one of those grandpas who spoils the grandkids with a habitable planet.”

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The episode also includes an interview with Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, who argues the key to solving climate change is to make clean energy — including nuclear power — cheaper.

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.