On Air with IER: Episode 115

This week: Another year, another record high for greenhouse gases. We'll take a look at what that means for Indiana. Plus, Indiana’s attorney general gets the state involved in the fossil fuel industry's efforts to protect their profits.
September 19, 2022


Welcome to Episode 115 of the IER Podcast!


International Study Finds Record-High Greenhouse Gases, Sea Levels and Ocean Heat in 2021

By Enrique Saenz

A new international report signals that historic U.S. legislation seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may have come in the nick of time, as the main drivers of climate change and some of its most widespread effects have reached record highs.

The 32nd American Meteorological Society State of the Climate Report, an international annual review of the world’s climate authored by 530 scientists from over 60 countries, found that worldwide greenhouse gas levels, sea levels and ocean temperatures have reached the highest levels ever recorded. The review was led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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Rokita: Environmental Factors in Public Retirement Funds Promote Leftist Agenda

By Enrique Saenz

The state of Indiana has been drafted by its top legal official to become involved in a nationwide effort to target financial institutions that have chosen, or are perceived to have chosen, to move away from fossil fuel investments or participate in “leftist social causes.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita issued an advisory opinion saying that investments made by the Indiana Public Retirement System Board of Trustees could not be made with strategies based on non-financial considerations known as environmental, social and governance considerations, or ESG.

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