Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Republicans — Moderates? Humanity-Crushing Extremists? Stealth Societal Saviors?

February 7th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The most simplistic — but I think quite valid — way I can find of describing the differences is that there are 1) moderate "small government" Republicans, 2) extremist anti-government Republicans with shallow ideological perspective but who actually like social support systems and basic societal protection (just don't realize this until it touches their lives), and 3) extremely extremist Republicans who think the whole system needs to be destroyed to some degree or another


What If Obama Did This? … & Where’s Trump’s Birth Certificate, By The Way?

February 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you've been paying close attention to US politics this past month, I probably don't need to tell you what's been going on. If you haven't been, well, I can't even find the word to describe it — it's been a mix of insanity, corruption, hypocrisy, lies (aka "alternative facts"), irony, fictional history, idiocy, chaos, and looming disaster. In other words, just another month in the life of a con man from Queens


Elon Musk & Donald Trump — What’s The Deal?

February 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Multiple people have asked me to chime in on the Elon Musk and Donald Trump "partnership." The requests have popped up for months. I've also noticed a lot of commentary — on Twitter, here on CleanTechnica, and elsewhere — that implies Elon has turned evil or is sacrificing his morals by working with Trump


US Electric Car Sales Up 59% In January 2017

February 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

US electric car sales continue to climb to new heights in 2017. Growing 59% year over year (YoY), approximately 12,000 electric cars were sold across the country in January, accounting for approximately 1% of US auto sales. The top five models accounted for approximately 40% of total US electric car sales, as most models are still compliance cars that are not designed or marketed to really pull in buyers — and aren't even available in most states


Fully Autonomous Teslas … Largest Solar Farm … Toyota Prius Prime Review … (CleanTechnica Top ~30)

January 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It was a rather wild week — for reasons I don't need to repeat — and it was also a bit of an atypical week for topics that took the crowd by storm here on CleanTechnica. Yes, Tesla held its usual spot at the top of the tables — and all over the top 20. But we also had popular stories about the Toyota Prius Prime, Antarctic Larsen C ice shelf, and nuclear cargo shipping, for example. Have a look at the most popular stories of the past week


How The Terrorists Won — Part 2, The Economy

January 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Part 1 of "How The Terrorists Won" dealt with the mental-emotional ways in which we have been losing to terrorists and simply fueling more terrorism. However, there are also very practical, nuts-and-bolts ways that the terrorists have been successful at weakening the US — it's nothing they can do on their own, but we have been enthusiastically falling into their trap


Beware Of Trump Trolls & Fake Supporters — From Russia, D.C., & Elsewhere

January 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As someone who covered climate science during the Russian-fabricated "climategate" scandal and who has moderated thousands of comment threads (tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of comments) on clean energy, electric vehicle, and climate matters for approximately 7 years, I have come to learn a few things about the "democratic web."


Renewables = Over 50% New Electricity Capacity But 16% Of Energy Investment

January 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Only 18% of energy investment in renewables despite >50% of new power capacity being renewables is, to me, a sign that the carbon bubble is still growing, but it's also a giant Post-it note telling investors that it's time to shift focus and put money into the future ... if they want the future to be kind to them


Saudi Arabia: Fossil Fuels Are Cleaner … Wait, What? (Exclusive Video)

January 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid A. Al-Falih, who is also chairman of Saudi Aramco, the world's "most valuable" company, was interviewed in Abu Dhabi for Global Action Day last week. I happened to be in attendance and captured Al-Falih making some "interesting" comments


Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth?

January 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — developed countries like the US as well as developing countries. As I noted the other day, we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public, and especially decision-makers, but there are other things to do in order to increase renewable energy growth


3 Ways Donald Trump’s Climate Approach Is A US Economic Disaster

January 21st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

To be fair, we don't yet know what Donald Trump's precise climate approach will be, but it seems all but guaranteed that he will slow and obstruct climate action and will do a great deal to increase pollution and CO2 emissions from out-of-date oil, coal, and gas industries. This is idiotic not just because it puts all of human society at great risk, but also because it's one of the worst economic moves a politician can make


Do Americans Understand What Government Is For?

January 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I keep telling myself to focus on other matters — a big EV report I'm in the midst of, our series on cleantech actions cities can take, my next US electricity reports, the dozens of stories I collected during my week cleantech megaweek in Abu Dhabi, etc. — but I keep getting thrown back in disbelief at the American public and many of the politicians we elected


Vice Ruler Of Dubai Has Tesla Supercharger (& Model S) — Nothing To See Here, Move Along Now … (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I landed a couple of pretty interesting scoops today while in Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. First of all, I found out that Tesla is opening a store in the UAE next month — it's unclear if the store will be in Abu Dhabi or Dubai or both cities. That was expected for a long time, though, especially given that the backdrop of Dubai has appeared in some Tesla advertising


Tesla Opening In UAE Next Month (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) seems like an ideal place for Tesla Motors. Clearly, the country has money, and people with money can afford Teslas — which nearly everyone seems to want. Additionally, UAE leadership — despite making a fortune and a half on oil & gas — seems to be keenly aware that the future is cleantech, and the future is coming faster than a Tesla Model S


Next Big Thing: Renewable Water Desalination

January 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One fun thing about running CleanTechnica for the past 7 years or so has been watching as new innovations and industries pop up, and then navigating the initial players in these nascent markets and trying to find out who is leading and where the market is going



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