Amy Harder

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Mother Nature gave this patch of America’s smokey and fiery West some sorely needed rain this weekend. Running with @Irunmindfully, we soaked it up too — for 11 miles and countless puddles.
When the toughest trees met the hottest fire: What an incredible, wrenching tale by @DavidFerris that I read until the very end, and I think you should too.
Great insight from @yayitsrob about how an Industrial Finance Corporation could do domestically for cleantech manufacturing what we're already pursuing abroad: via @TheAtlantic
Great dispatch from Hawaii (rough assignment) by @JulianSpector on how the island state is trying to ditch oil and coal for renewables. Bonus photo I took from a February trip to Maui where whales were disrupting our wind turbine tour ↓
The first-ever federal shortage declared on essential water source in the West: The impacts are myriad & cumulative. One ironic one: Droughts are depriving us from tapping into the world's biggest supply of renewable energy.
Lots of climate people furiously mocking this, but, at the risk of making my TL miserable: gas prices are incredibly important in public & political psychology. High gas prices make pols more resistant to climate policy & the public angry at incumbents.…
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This morning’s run was a humid 70 degrees w/ a smokey sunrise. Now the wildlife smoke is settling, it’s 88 degrees & our air quality is imploding (AQI 152; it was 95 30 min ago. Good is <50). We have 1 AC unit after June’s heatwave. Smoke worse than heat but neither is good.
Real money for real projects: "Bill Gates Pledges $1.5 Billion for Infrastructure Bill’s New Climate Projects"…
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It’s in the WAY energy prices go up (steadily in response to policies, not chaotic pandemic-driven trends, which is what’s happening now) & what else governments are doing while that’s happening (investing in new clean tech to make it cheaper). That’s happening (but not enough).…
It may seem counterintuitive, but the Biden administration wants to forestall higher gasoline prices because such a trend actually makes it harder to pursue big climate policies. I wrote about this just days before yesterday's moves.
A good @nytimes read on why electric cars need to get cheaper --> (Sound familiar? via @axios). I would have liked to see more quotes from people outside the wealthy CA zip code. Also, gotta love the NYT comment section ↓
Parsing Biden's OPEC+ call. As @kevinbookdc puts it: "High prices tend to usher out incumbent politicians faster than than they usher in new technologies."… via @bopinion
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Encouraging foreign nations to artificially withhold available oil supply to push up pump price is not a climate policy. It hurts consumers & the economy. Climate policy for the long-term is about curbing oil use thru eg, fuel eco standards, R&D, EV infrastructure, carbon tax etc
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@AmyAHarder @samori8 Not just politics. There’s a big diff betw pricing the externality w policy that generates revenue govt can use to offset harm to lower income consumers, invest in clean etc, and forcing mkt prices higher w a supply crunch that shifts consumer spending to oil co’s & other nations
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Reasons will always crop up for why people don't want something (anything?) in/close to their land. If we are to effectively tackle climate change, we need to collectively decide that climate is a greater problem than others, which is something @JasonGrumet has said to me.…
We saw this coming --> Flashback to this @axios column of mine almost exactly a year ago: "Biden’s union push could force showdown with Elon Musk"…
A foreboding rundown of just how unprepared California’s electricity grid is for our hot summers. Much of the world follows the Golden State, so this should be relevant to all of us. via @CanaryMediaInc
How the U.S. and its allies are following China by pursuing their own industrial policies, with big implications for climate change and clean energy. by @greg_ip
Top @UN mobility official on how developing world needs access to electric vehicles too so we can effectively tackle climate change: "We don’t want a Tesla Model S -- we need a small $10,000 urban vehicle."
“If we curb supply but not demand, oil prices will spike well into the $100 range. Gasoline prices would follow. Such an oil price spike would harm the economy, the political careers of elected officials, & the energy transition," says @Bob_McNally
“If there is increased oil demand & if we don’t have technological innovation & policy driving a transition to clean energy, you will get higher prices for oil & gas, & that will create all kind of dynamics, including political ones," says @richardgnewell
My latest Harder Line column: Rising gasoline prices signal trouble for climate-change action via @axios
And, not or. I realize history tells us the energy system is stubborn—and I work for an organization trying to change that so the future doesn’t repeat the past. Acknowledging (and not dismissing) that is critical.…
Nuclear power generated more electricity than coal in the United States in 2020. Coal: 774 TWh Nuclear: 790 TWh This is perhaps a historic moment for both technologies.……
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When we talk about net-zero by 2050, we can learn from history. A lot can change in 30 years, as @JKempEnergy lays out here in great succinct detail. But even then, energy systems tend to be stubbornly slow. via
RISING global energy use complicates path to net zero:…
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Heat waves, drought & ill-equipped grids collide into chaos in the Middle East. “It’s aggravated by climate change & increasing temperatures, but the roots of this are poor planning, weak governance & low investment in the power sector."
Thanks to Obama and Trump, exports of natural gas are booming to record highs under Biden, whether he supports them or not. via @EIAgov
Yes, this was a key reason I opted not to buy a fully electric car (for now). It's also why it's so important @Tesla opens its network to all cars as @elonmusk has indicated. (Also, he could make bank on such a move, assuming Tesla will charge non-Tesla drivers).…
Simon Biles making physics interesting. Cool story + video and graphics by ⁦@WSJ⁩ ⁦…
Auto suppliers scramble for a purpose in an all-electric future: “We don’t want to be left making the best buggy whips.” via @WSJ
The swansong by @russellgold as he leaves @WSJ for @TexasMonthly is a scoop: Form Energy claims it has cracked the long-duration battery puzzle, which could revolutionize storage on the power grid. We'll miss you RG!… via @WSJ
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Interesting points made by @billmckibben about a carbon border adjustment mechanism (aka carbon tax at the border) "...But, if we’re lucky, we’re just at an odd transition moment and, one hopes, all this will start to seem more sensible shortly." ↓
7/ This is what primary energy supply looks like for net zero, three different ways #BNEFNEO…
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Stunning PG&E news today: It plans to bury 10k miles of distribution lines. So many of its lines are at risk of sparking on tree contact or otherwise failing. Fires have become all but inevitable. This could be transformative. But also very challenging.…
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From @TheTerminal, on @blackrock's climate-related proxy voting this year: 255 directors rejected (55 in 2020) 319 companies' management not supported (53 in 2020)
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@AmyAHarder The Torrance refinery uses over 4,100 gallons/min… and the even larger nearby Chevron refinery uses even more. Car dependence is a major water hog
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Staggering stat: 3,224. Number of gallons a proposed lithium mine in Nevada consumes in one minute.
The Green Premium concept is so important because we can’t force poor countries and communities to pay more for clean energy technologies. Those who have done the least to cause climate change shouldn’t be forced to finance its solutions.…
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@Breakthrough There is no shortage of useful things that people can be doing to address climate challenges. Think of this Catalyst effort as supplementing whatever approaches you think might be most effective at addressing climate challenges, not as a substitute for your favored approaches.
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"The Seattle, Washington area is not prone to 90-degree days. Please try another city or town, like New York or New Delhi." Our recent triple-digit heatwave must have found a loophole to the definition of "prone."
This good @jtemple story tackles an under-appreciated challenge facing solar energy: The more it grows, the less it's worth.
Sign of the times --> The @DallasFed, long known and respected for its oil analyses, is looking to hire a business economist "with expertise in renewables, the power sector, strategic commodities, and the technology and politics of climate change."
Good story full of "don't's" examples when it comes to investing & technology. About electric truck firm Lordstown: “I was willing to overlook a lot of things because of the affiliation with G.M. I figured G.M. wouldn’t partner up with some schmucks.”
True story: I didn't realize until a week after I moved into my new apartment that it didn't have a microwave. We've grown so accustomed to having them. So I went online and bought one for $80. That's what it should be like with clean jet fuel & more.
Clean jet fuel needs to be more like microwaves. by @BillGates To actually meet all the proposed net-zero goals, we need new & different strategies. That's what I find so intriguing about @Breakthrough's new Catalyst program.
A lot of this great @SominiSengupta story about farms, drought & a warming world resonates with me given my family's ranch. This line was particularly striking about lack of water in a rural town and I want to learn more about it:
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