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This is such an important story -- but it's so much broader than coal and renewables. We need to find ways to repurpose fossil-fuel infrastructure of all kinds and retrain workers for cleantech of all kinds.…
Good @KenCaldeira essay. Emphasize shared energy transition *goals* over specific solutions. "It is important that we try to argue positively for what we think are the right things to do and avoid undermining efforts by others who share similar goals but who choose to advocate..…
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I am just delighted that @Ben_Geman's cat made an appearance in this climate call today.
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Our latest edition features a Voices article by @KenCaldeira on how alliances are important to tackling climate change, a Data Dive showing the consequences of uncertain U.S. tax credits for clean energy and more power lines!
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Bottom line: it is not at all clear that carbon pricing has large efficiency benefits over alternative market-based approaches for achieving deep decarbonization of the grid. A CES or zero-emission subsidies may even be better.
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Energy's role here is subtle but significant: oil is the main feedstock for plastics. Who else struggles daily to know what can be recycled and what can't!? I'm excited to learn more with @getridwell.…
This is such an important point. Even if we stopped emitting tomorrow, we’d still need carbon removal.…
The explainer is so helpful! And succinct. And simple.…
Join the #CarbonSmart conversation! Amy Harder and Heather Clancy share with LanzaTech CEO Dr. Jennifer Holmgren how they began their careers, what today's most pressing #climatenews stories are, and where they see #environmentaljournalism heading.…
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It's all about the sun in this week's Cipher. @AncaGurzu reports on how soaring prices for raw materials—and dependence on China—are challenging Europe's solar goals and our Data Dive helps you visualize the impacts through two striking charts. More at:
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Loving my morning runs with Rainier and the sun
I got the same questions when I left the @WSJ in 2017 to join a new company whose name no one could pronounce (@axios). For me, life is about taking (calculated) risks for new & challenging adventures. Both @axios and @CipherClimate / @Breakthrough offer that in different ways.…
Why did I leave @axios to help launch @CipherClimate by @Breakthrough? @greentechlady asked me on @LanzaTech's latest podcast with @TodaDogs. A mix of personal & professional reasons drove my decision, and you gotta listen to hear the rest!
Thanks so much for the invite to join! It was a great discussion.…
The EU needs to quadruple the annual growth in wind and solar capacity by 2025 if it wants 🌞 + 💨 to provide up to 80% of bloc's electricity generation by 2035, according to a recent report fro@EmberClimatete@AncaGurzuzu has more in our Data
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Podcasts aren't a top way I get news, but I like this one a lot and it sure made a long drive I had over the weekend go by fast. Stay tuned for an upcoming column on this topic of cleaning up heat!…
Europe wants to accelerate the build up of renewable #energy but finding more (and the right) space for it can be tricky in a densely populated Continent. @AncaGurzu breaks down the EU's space challenge in this week's main article:
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Finding space in the renewables race: via @CipherClimate by @AncaGurzu in Brussels. Gotta love an accidental rhyming headline! In all seriousness, Europe faces acutely a challenge the whole world does: Finding enough of the right space for wind & solar.
Our newsletter is out! In this edition, @AncaGurzu breaks down how the European Union jockeys for space in the renewables race. Our Data Dive looks at how the EU can more rapidly decarbonize its grid. Plus: there's solar at the beach 🌞 Read more
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Cipher reader Elaine Reddy shared the following screenshot, showing that “due to higher fire risk, the Powerwall was switching to charge the battery for emergency backup.” Reddy lives in Boulder, Colo., where fires swept through in the spring.
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Kavanaugh! ⬇ “The Earth is warming. Humans are contributing. I understand the frustration with Congress,” said then-Judge / now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh about Obama's climate rule the high court just nixed. From the @WSJ Sept. 2016 archives:
In lighter news that shows how the transition is underway, this gave an inside look at how one company is greening its kitchen. Random aside: I'd love to boil water in 90 seconds for my tea. Read more of @CipherClimate Lunchtime Reads & Hot Takes…
To sufficiently fight climate change, we need to move faster. Today's ruling slows down the clean-energy transition, but it doesn't derail it. The first big blow, which foresaw today's decision, was Feb. 2016, when SCOTUS issued an unprecedented stay of the Obama-era rule.…
I know these two trends from years of looking at the data - but it's still striking to see it charted
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On the importance of investors partnering with communities: “We don’t want to end up with a bunch of climate technology companies complaining about how they can’t get things permitted & communities pushing back," says @DawnLippertHi via @CipherClimate
Last week, we laid out obstacles to building things that can help tackle climate change. This week we have solutions. Our Data Dive takes us to Africa, which needs WAY more energy infrastructure. 📸 of the week: Tesla Powerwall = fire wall. More
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We can still enjoy beautiful views — even if power lines feature prominently. What energy things are in your views? Email us your photos at [email protected]…
It can be controversial, but it shouldn't be with the right experts --> Having people who understand the oil and gas industry is helpful for governments working to address climate change, right now especially—but also always.…
Important paper highlighted by @CipherClimate and @AmyAHarder. "Sources of opposition to renewable energy projects in the United States" (Susskind et al, Energy Policy, 2022)……
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And for the record, @russellgold was the first on the scene and in the biggest way with his 2019 book @superpower about an ultimately failed quest to build a massive power line sending renewable energy across the country. It's worth a read!…
A huge wave of clean energy projects is coming, but faces a host of obstacles. Our @rand_joseph is in @CipherClimate today with @AmyAHarder.…
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The latest @CipherClimate covers a topic we'll keep coming back to because it's so massive and important: Technologies can’t be transformative if we can’t build them at scale. Not signed up? ↓…
Happy birthday to my old mate @mikeallen - the most generous person I know.
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How do you get around? Chances are, at least sometimes, it takes some form of energy. Email us your mobility photos: [email protected]…
NEW: Manchin resistance to "direct pay" could harm Biden's clean energy goals. A deeper dive into implications of Democrats losing or limiting this key provision in reconciliation package. W/@kelseytam…
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With @politico @burgessev reporting that @Sen_JoeManchin is opposed to direct pay (, resharing this @CipherClimate article about the obscure provision, with an exclusive interview with @RonWyden on its importance.
One of the most common questions I get from people is: “What can I do to help address climate change?” One of my answers: Work in the biz! Now I can direct them here.…
“Using colors to label hydrogen is an approachable way to debate the future of a nascent industry—but it’s also rigid, oversimplified and doesn’t capture the whole picture,” @AncaGurzu writes.…
Why does it seem that the PNW has opposite weather than the rest of US? Last year at this time, we were gearing up for an historic heatwave. Today, it's barely breaking 60 degrees and drizzly in Seattle, typical for our "June-uary." (PS I love it.) Stay cool, rest of US!…
Dear @HarbourAirLtd, looking forward to taking advantage of your new-ish flights to Tofino someday soon, and hopefully not too long after that, your electric seaplanes!…
This chart shows the historically dominant roles nuclear and hydro play in providing zero-carbon electricity – and the growth of wind and solar. It underscores the importance and the difficulty of the conflicts discussed in this week’s Voices article:
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Add carbon dioxide pipelines to the list of cleantech infrastructure facing challenges. The hurdles here could be even higher than for power lines and wind farms because they’re pipelines moving a substance that could be (but in almost no cases actually is) dangerous.…
.@Climeworks launched its "Climate Pioneers" subscription services in 2019 after getting unsolicited inquiries about how individuals could contribute, says co-founder @JanWurzbacher in Cipher’s latest “Innovators” interview. Watch the full interview:
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In the latest @CipherClimate, we feature a Voices article on a topic I consider so critical: Seeking to reconcile the difficult tradeoffs required to drastically reduce emissions: A personal conflict over saving rivers & fighting climate change.
The @CipherClimate team is in DC meeting colleagues — some for the first time in person! Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter here:
We slow ourselves down. We need to go faster and as @JenGranholm says… deploy deploy deploy. @CipherClimate @AmyAHarder always a great read.…
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.@Climeworks co-founders @JanWurzbacher (left) and @ChristophGebald are shown here at their facility in Iceland, called Orca. Above them are the giant fan structures that are central to the capture process. Photo courtesy of Climeworks.
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Learn about our scale-up roadmap, the cost potential, and what sets our technology apart from other carbon removal solutions in this great interview with our co-CEO and co-Founder @JanWurzbacher by @AmyAHarder, @CipherClimate. Watch it here:
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed the EU to accelerate its uptake of renewable hydrogen to speed up decarbonization and reduce reliance on Russian fossil fuels. This week's Data Dive shows the bloc's estimated 2030 renewable hydrogen use by sector:
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Thank you @CipherClimate and @AmyAHarder for having me as part of the Cipher Innovators series! Watch the full interview to learn more about @Climeworks scale-up roadmap and what sets us apart from other carbon removal solutions:
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