Disruption

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Lessons On Climate Disruption & Adaptation From New Zealand

This tectonic shift, while it will take decades instead of the seconds of the Christchurch cataclysm, will be more broadly disruptive. We can manage it wisely or foolishly, yet it will still occur.

Decline of fossil fuels in electricity generation. Graph courtesy of Rethink Energy.

Oil Industry To Crash & Burn By Early 2030s

Crash and burn. That is the conclusion of the researchers at UK’s Rethink Energy. This article draws its main points from their recent report, “Russia’s war wakes sleeping renewables giants of post 2030 power,” with comments from me interspersed in between. Rethink Energy is known for its aggressive predictions of … [continued]

Watch Elon Musk’s AMA With Hack Club Students

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Elon Musk’s name has been splashed all over the headlines — much of it related to controversial posts on Twitter. Lost amidst the thunder and lightning erupting from Musk’s tweetstorms, was a little-publicized AMA with Hack Club. In short, this is must-see TV. In fact, it might be Musk’s best interview ever.

Why The Survival Of Traditional Carmakers Is Far From Certain

In theory, nobody knows more about making cars than the traditional internal-combustion-engine (ICE) carmakers, and so EVs made by these companies should be the ones busying our streets a decade from now. But the transition from ICE cars to EVs is not just a technological shift within a domain, like the transition from two-wheel-drive sedans to four-wheel-drive SUVs. This is a radical shift into a new domain and the success of ICE car manufacturers in this new domain is anything but guaranteed.

Inflection Points & True Leadership In The EV Revolution — CleanTechnica At #Intersolar Middle East

This presentation — video and text summary below — is not the freshest one from CleanTechnica Director Zach Shahan. However, it is as relevant today as when the presentation was delivered live in Dubai, UAE, last year. Furthermore, at ~25 minutes, it is a bit longer than a typical presentation, which provides more room to run somewhat deeply and broadly into the topics. The downside of the presentation, Zach notes, is that he was horribly sick for a week or two leading into this.

Does Toyota Prius History Foreshadow Tesla’s Future?

For those interested in Tesla, there are valuable lessons to be learned from Toyota’s history. Whitelaw Reid (via UVA Today) turns his attention to the Toyota Prius case study. Why? The history of Toyota’s Prius may uncover tell-tale clues about the electric vehicle future and, in particular, Tesla. He notes, “Two decades ago, Toyota’s Prius sedan rolled out of factories and into Japanese showrooms, becoming the first mass-produced gasoline/electric hybrid in an automotive landscape dominated by internal-combustion fuel engines.”