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Why Are We Subsidizing Fossil Fuels? Seriously

May 24th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Supporting renewables can cut emissions and boost the economy, all while providing cost-competitive energy. Yet the Trump Administration continues propping up the fossil fuel industry — despite the sector facing real financial problems that began long before the COVID-19 pandemic


Analysts: Tesla’s Best Equipped To Weather The Pandemic (Video)

May 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Discussing COVID-19 on the company's Q1 earnings call, Elon Musk confessed that the economic impact of the pandemic "will cause great harm not just to Tesla, but to many companies. While Tesla will weather the storm, other companies will not.” It turns out, Tesla has a long history of succeeding against the odds, but this time the odds are pretty darn long


What The Heck Is Starlink? And What Is DarkSat?

May 18th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Starlink is another of Elon Musk’s brilliant ideas (some astronomers say it’s a bit too brilliant, as we shall see) — a constellation of thousands of small satellites in low Earth orbit that will provide internet access across the globe


Electric Vehicles Are Cleaner Than Gasoline Vehicles (New Fact Sheet)

May 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Driving an electric vehicle (EV) results in less global warming emissions than the average gasoline-fueled vehicle. As the US electricity grid gets cleaner (by shifting away from coal and adding solar and wind power), the benefits of EVs compared with gasoline vehicles will continue to grow


Big Auto Begging To Pollute More — Electric Cars Too Clean 😪

May 13th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

While the administration just finalized its reduction in vehicle efficiency from 5 percent per year to no better than a measly 1.5 percent per year (despite their own evidence showing how bad it is for the country), that hasn’t stopped the auto industry from seeking even further reductions


2020 Fire Season & COVID-19 Not A Match Made In Heaven

May 13th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The inevitable collision of wildfires and COVID-19 keeps me up at night. Not in an abstract sense, but more in a requires-allergy-meds-to-sleep type of way. Too many people are suffering already due to COVID-19, and the quickly approaching wildfire season, worsened by climate change, is going to make things so much worse


Nevada’s “Lithium Valley”

May 13th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

No, lithium isn’t going to become “the new oil,” regardless of what the pandering pundits of the popular press say (it’s a raw material, not a fuel, and it’s one of the most abundant elements on Earth)


Exponential Growth, Tesla, & Elon Musk

May 12th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

What’s the greatest shortcoming of the human race? I’m sure we all have some suggestions, but according to physicist Albert Bartlett, it is “our inability to understand the exponential function.”


Scientists Discovered Trichloroethylene Causes Fetal Heart Defects, & Trump White House Overrode The Findings

May 5th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists concluded that the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) causes fetal heart defects, even at low doses, officials at the White House overrode their conclusions — an egregious example of political interference in science, and a violation of the EPA’s scientific integrity policy. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) submitted a formal complaint to the EPA, urging the agency’s scientific integrity office to investigate


The Case For Solar Endowments

May 1st, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

University and college endowments in the U.S. looking for strong, sustainable revenue streams would do well to embrace on-site solar generation, and the solar industry would thrive if it could forge the partnership. Solar installations would deliver stronger and more reliable returns than current investments, and create many opportunities, including enhanced fundraising, positive press, and community appeal to current and prospective students


In The Wake Of COVID-19, Congress Must Support Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs

April 30th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The COVID-19 crisis is compounding risks for U.S. communities still contending with past extreme weather and climate-related disasters and bracing for future disasters. The recovery could likely be compounded by a string of extreme weather events starting this spring, continuing towards the end of summer when wildfire season peaks along with extreme heat and drought conditions, lasting well into the fall through the end of hurricane season


What I Wish I Had Said On CNN Regarding Science, Crisis, & The Government’s Role

April 30th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

As an occasional contributor to broadcast news on topics such as climate change and the role of science in policy, I rarely find myself commenting on the hot-off-the-press issue of the day. Experts like me are brought on when the news cycle slows, an intelligent sideshow to add gravitas while the real pundits get frothy about the latest political snub or personality gaffe



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