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The Politics Of A Green New Deal (VIDEO)

February 24th, 2020 | by Nexus Media

In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social, and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollution and extreme weather are damaging communities across the United States, and how ordinary people are organizing to combat the problem


EIA Releases 2050 Projections For Energy & Makes It Clear That It Hasn’t Been Paying Attention

February 18th, 2020 | by Michael Barnard

It's unclear why the EIA 2050 projections are so skewed from observable realities of costs, age of fleets, and global industry transformation. Like most major energy analysis organizations, they are very poor at predicting the rapidly declining costs of wind and solar, very poor at predicting the rapidity of growth of those technologies, and very poor at understanding that the existing technologies are fairly radically outcompeted


Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy — Part 2

February 17th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In the second half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, take’s Zach Shahan’s place as host to talk with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy


Yikes — One Of My Favorite Political Commenters Bombs On 21st Century Energy

February 17th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Ah, man. It's annoying as heck to see people who you think are idiots screw up a topic you know well, but it's an extra special kind of annoying when brilliant people screw up — massively — on that same topic. In this edition of "Smart people who don't understand the energy industry of 2020," we've got Fareed Zakaria of


Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy

February 16th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In the first half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, take’s Zach Shahan’s place as host to talk with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy


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


Democratic Presidential Candidates On Climate & Energy — Kamala Harris (RIP) & Mike Bloomberg

February 9th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about the climate action plans of current presidential candidates. This first part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing the Kamala Harris campaign (RIP) and Mike Bloomberg's unique entry and position


Utility-Scale Solar Has Led U.S. Solar Since 2012

January 5th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The utility-scale solar sector has led the overall U.S. solar market in terms of installed capacity since 2012. In 2018, the utility-scale sector accounted for nearly 60% of all new solar capacity, and is expected to maintain its market-leading position for at least another six years


10 Cool Solar Power Stories You May Have Missed

January 4th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Too much cleantech news is a good thing, but it sometimes means I need to stuff a bunch of big stories into one article. Following some roundups of autonomous driving news and battery & EV charging news, here's one more roundup of some cool cleantech stories no one wanted to take and write full pieces about. This one is 100% focused on solar power


Green New Deals For The World Are Green Good Deals

December 29th, 2019 | by Mark Z. Jacobson

The Earth is rapidly approaching 1.5°C global warming, air pollution kills over 7 million people worldwide each year, and diminishing fossil fuel resources portend social instability. Yet, recently, world leaders at the United Nations Madrid climate talks failed to agree on a path forward. The core of the problem is the belief by some leaders that solving global warming will be expensive and drain the economy of their country. However, new research indicates that this belief is incorrect


7 Challenges for Global Energy Transformation — Rocky Mountain Institute Report

December 19th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

"Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation 2019," a report by Rocky Mountain Institute, was launched during three connected international events in Delhi, Beijing, and New York that convened the world’s leading energy stakeholders and catalysts to kickstart a global effort to accelerate the energy transition and mitigate the climate crisis


Batteries Are Breaking Through

November 25th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

A new Rocky Mountain Institute report released the end of October, Breakthrough Batteries Powering the Era of Clean Electrification, continues to confirm that clean electrification of transport technology is advancing at an impressive rate


Climate Change, Florida, Texas, & The 2020 Election — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard

November 6th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about a number of hot topics, including shifting public opinion on climate change and the role of climate action plans in the next presidential election. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion


Universal Basic Income, Andrew Yang, the Green New Deal, & Tesla — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard

October 14th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

Mike has been a global technology strategist and architect for major global technology companies, and is considered an expert on many topics within the clean technology field. He has worked in almost every sector, including health care, automation, freight transportation and finance. Mike attributes this breadth of expertise to being a bit of a nerd, or “just a generally interested guy.” In the one-hour podcast, Zach and Mike covered universal basic income, Andrew Yang, the Green New Deal, Tesla, and more


The Rules Of Acquisition & How They Apply To Climate Change — Part Two

August 17th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

I suspect, being a progressive bunch, at least a few of us are Star Trek fans. Climate denial is mostly funded by oil company greed and oil company actions are meant to maximize their profits. So, the idea of this series of short (somewhat satirical) articles is that climate change denial will be analyzed under the lens of each stated rule, how it applies, and what we should consider for our strategies to achieve climate victory over oil company greed



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