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The Energy Transition Will Pay Dividends

November 18th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

If we aggressively pursue the energy transition, every one of us will receive dividends as we invest in a brighter future. As is the case with many investments, the energy transition may be justified (and sold) based on the dividends alone. The fact that our offspring inherit a livable world might just be a side benefit. 


2035: Clean Grid 90%, Electrify 50%

September 22nd, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

For those deeply interested in our future energy system and how it will evolve, I highly recommend two in-depth papers published in the last year. Here I will show a similar vision step-by-step using some of the same assumptions and publicly available data using “back of the envelope calculations” (spreadsheets)


100% By 2035? 90% Might Be Better: Consider The Opportunity Costs

August 31st, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

I would love to have 100% clean electricity by 2035. Such a goal is admirable for its audacity and for its ability to get people motivated. For that I applaud it. But when we get down to it, will it be smart policy? Could it be that 90% would provide greater carbon savings than 100%? 


The Green Transition Virus

August 8th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

Global problems need global solutions. Voluntary agreements and unilateral acts only go so far. We need a strategy to make climate action spread — to make it so contagious it will “go viral,” start a chain reaction, trigger a “domino effect.”


Can A Government Be Held Accountable If Climate Legislation Is Violated?

July 12th, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen

If you think about the goal of the Paris Agreement to halve global carbon emissions in the next 10 years to keep the world on track to limit temperature rise to 1.5C, it in itself might seem, and frankly might actually be, impossible. But you don't get points for not trying, we are all in this together, and the sooner a small country like Denmark can show concrete results from functional climate legislation, larger countries just might follow


Carbon Pricing and Lighting, EVs, Heat Pumps, & Electric Everything

July 8th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

What does the US need to do to help the world prevent the worst of climate change? End the use of fossil fuels fast. Many are stepping up to the challenge with aggressive goals. The EU wants to be fossil free by 2050. Joe Biden’s campaign wants the US to be fossil free by 2050 as well, based on his stated climate policy


A Tale Of Two Oil States: Norway & Alberta, Canada

April 23rd, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Both Norway and Alberta, Canada are economies that gain huge profits from selling oil. They have huge natural reserves of it and make ginormous profits from feeding our "need" for oil powered transportation. However, their method of deploying those profits is in sharp contrast, and interestingly it even guides their philosophies and how they view climate change


Echo Chambers Warp Policy Debate — CleanTech Talk Podcast

April 20th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In the second half of this interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to continue a conversation with Ed Dolan, economist, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center, about climate change communication and action across political divides


Democratic Presidential Candidates On Climate & Energy — Pete Buttigieg & Elizabeth Warren

February 10th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his discussion with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the climate action plans (and other political matters) of current presidential candidates. This second part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and the evolution (or devolution) in the Democratic Party and Republican Party



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