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Tesla Factory A Shrine?

November 20th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Because I’m a minister long concerned for the ethics of how we get and use energy, my recent trip to tour the Tesla factory to the San Francisco Bay Area (Fremont) had an inspiring feel to it, like going on a pilgrimage to a shrine

EV Tax Credit Repeal Hurts American Innovation

November 17th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

With the House of Representatives having passed its tax reform plans and the Senate having released its version, the uncertainty around the basic existence of the federal EV tax credit, as evidenced by the difference between the two proposals, will be disruptive to the industry. It’s this uncertainty that leads everyone to a fundamental question: If the government chooses to end EV tax credits, will that affect the EV market overall? The answer is yes

Are Global Carbon Emissions Rising?

November 16th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Is there any reason to change the carbon emissions plateau story? Is the rise a blip or a sign that emissions growth has resumed? For my money, a blip. Let’s look at the detail.

Why The NEG Could Be A “Terrible Outcome” For Renewables In Australia

October 24th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Australian energy market experts have delivered a scathing appraisal of the Turnbull government’s National Energy Guarantee, describing it variously as a “pea and thimble trick”, a potentially “terrible outcome” for the renewable energy industry, and as a further extension of the Coalition’s faction-driven energy policy farce

What You Need To Know About Food & Water Security And The Climate Crisis

October 9th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

If we keep burning fossil fuels at our current rates, food may become harder and harder to grow in many places, and what does grow could be less and less nutritious. Fresh drinking water could become more and more scarce as polluted floodwater runoff contaminates rivers, lakes, and reservoirs – or drought and warming combine to simply dry it all up.  

Coal Threatens Human Health Even When It’s Sitting In Storage

October 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Burning coal generates air pollutants that cause thousands of premature deaths and hospitalizations every year. Coal mining, especially mountaintop mining, has been linked to increased exposure to toxic pollutants, increased morbidity and mortality, and adverse impacts on mental health for people living nearby.

Does Carbon Pricing Work?

October 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Carbon pollution is the number one contributor to climate change, so shouldn’t the biggest polluters be the ones paying for its impacts?

5 Cities Reaping The Benefits Of Climate Action

October 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

This year’s Cities100 reveals how more cities are beginning to acknowledge the social, economic, and environmental benefits of climate action and adaptation. By taking climate action, cities can simultaneously future-proof against challenges such as overpopulation, air pollution, and extreme weather events, and save trillions of dollars on, for example, energy and health.

4 Ways Indian Companies Are Fighting Climate Change

October 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

With extreme weather events increasing and a population reaching over 1.3 billion, India is clear on both the reality of the climate crisis and the urgency of action. The question is, how does such a big and incredibly diverse nation faced with the equally significant challenge of lifting 360 million out of poverty move forward on climate? And the answer, more and more, begins with the business sector.

Electric Vehicles Will Drive A $5 Trillion Transition

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

“Death of the Combustion Engine” and the “End of Oil” headlines are increasing in frequency on the promise of better, cheaper EVs with greater selection. Yet the actual data trends for ICE car sales and oil consumption are like pistons firing in the other direction, revving harder and racing away from any speculative eulogies.

Elon Musk: It Takes More Than Intelligence To Succeed (Infographic)

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Having spent many years as an advisor to venture capital funds and numerous billionaires (to say nothing of raising six children), Cantrell has been involved in many stories of success and failure. He’s a likely candidate to answer that often-asked question, “What’s the secret of Elon Musk’s success?”

Big Auto’s Latest Bait & Switch Hustle Is “Electrified” Vs Fully Electric Cars

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

There’s still a lot of confusion about the different types of electrified vehicles out there. National newspapers regularly mix up hybrids such as the Toyota Prius with pure electric cars such as Teslas. Government agencies and academics serve up an ever-growing alphabet soup of acronyms (HEVs, PEVs, BEVs, FCVs, ULEVs, PZEVs and many more). It’s no wonder consumers are clueless

The EV Transition Could Mirror The Horse To Model T Transition

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

How long will it take for electric vehicles to replace fossil-burners? Observing the current auto market, one might conclude that it will take quite a long time. Of over a billion vehicles on our planet’s roads today, only two million are electric, and half of those are in China. Many consumers are not even aware that an EV is a viable option

Water Shortages Amplify The Potential For Violence In The Developing World

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

When drought strikes a particular part of the world — especially in developing nations — agricultural production decreases, incomes drop, food becomes hard to come by and prices rise. All of this amplifies the potential for rioting. Climate change will exacerbate drought in already arid regions, especially in the summer — and likely lead to more violence.

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