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The car battery was once thought to be one of the least interesting parts of an automobile, technically speaking. But things are changing now that the public has begun prioritizing sustainable transportation and lowering emissions. Wood Mackenzie, an energy research and consulting firm, suggests that electric vehicles will make up 18 percent of new car sales by 2030, which will increase the demand for batteries — and the materials to make them. Because of this, auto companies from General Motors to Tesla are rushing to create a battery that will generate the most energy in the smallest, cheapest, and most lightweight package. Batteries and other storage technologies are the key to curbing emissions from fossil fuels.
“Battery innovations are not overnight,” Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Argonne National Laboratory’s Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science, told the New York Times. “It can take you many years. All sorts of things can happen.” Most companies that are attracting the attention of investors don’t actually have a feasible solution yet. These investors could be betting on the wrong technology. Musk further explains, “Prototypes are easy. Scaling production is very hard.”
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The world desperately needs more sources of emissions-free energy, yet as these power sources are brought online, we must also contend with their impact on animals and ecosystems. In California, government officials are trying to rescue California condors, which are critically endangered, from being killed by the blades of […]
In the wake of one of the largest power losses in United States history, the conversation about green energy in Texas is back in the headlines. Emily Holden and two other investigative reporters collaborated on a story that ran in The Guardian, The Texas Observer, and San Antonio Report exposing how the Texas Gas Service was successful in significantly watering down a plan by the city of Austin to reduce the use of natural gas there in the future.
Why This Matters: The oil industry has spent billions to manipulate the national conversation around green energy.
By Lew Milford With its recent executive orders on environmental justice, the Biden administration has put energy equity at the front and center of its domestic policy agenda. The challenge now is to put these principles into practice. That job has been made much more critical with the massive power outage that just crippled Texas. […]
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