Protect Our Winters’ Mario Molina on the New Climate Bill (Ep.222)

On Friday, August 12, The House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing the Inflation Reduction Act, which is, among other things, a climate and healthcare bill that will soon head to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

And for those who have been advocating for climate legislation, this is a truly historic moment that appeared to be dead in the water.

So to help us better understand where we are now, how we got here, what’s actually in the bill, and what we can expect going forward, we’re talking with Mario Molina, the executive director of Protect Our Winters. I also spoke with Mario about his own background in the outdoors, growing up in Guatemala and becoming a guide and outfitter, and, how he got involved in climate advocacy.


  • Background & Climate Details of the New Bill (2:45)
  • Consequences if this hadn’t passed? (10:34)
  • The oil & gas leases in this bill (16:10)
  • Mario’s Background (25:29)
  • Climate advocacy: what has changed & what hasn’t? (33:15)
  • Evolving to cleaner energy technologies (38:50)
  • The bill: what should we be expecting now? (47:33)
  • (55:00)