One Cool Thing: GM Makes an EV Splash at Consumer Electronics Show

One Cool Thing: GM Makes an EV Splash at Consumer Electronics Show

GM unveiled big plans at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show for electric vehicles — driverless “shuttle” vans and even – imagine this – flying cars.  CEO Mary Barra, the keynote speaker, unveiled a new company logo and highlighted innovative new vehicles.  The company has created a new unit called BrightDrop that will sell its EV600 […]

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2021 Brings New State Programs to Curb Carbon Emissions

2021 Brings New State Programs to Curb Carbon Emissions

In the new year, many states have passed new laws and introduced programs to reduce their carbon footprints and help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Why this Matters: After President Trump systematically dismantled much of the United States’ federal climate protections, states have stepped up.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: EVs Charge Ahead

Top Ten Stories of 2020: EVs Charge Ahead

This year two “EVs” repeatedly made headlines — environmental voters and electric vehicles.  When we look back in 2035, by which time we should have converted completely to renewable energy, 2020 could be seen as the year when the auto industry fully committed to the transition to electric vehicles and trucks.

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New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study from energy experts at Princeton University delves deep into what it would actually take to make President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan to reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050 a reality. The gist, said Jesse Jenkins, a Princeton professor and one of three leaders of […]

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EVs Continue to Take Off, Possible Biden Victory Would Boost Industry click button

EVs Continue to Take Off, Possible Biden Victory Would Boost Industry

General Motors (GM) is pushing ahead aggressively with the development of electric vehicles, with its Detroit factory – recently renamed “Factory Zero” — being retooled to begin to build its Hummer EV electric truck late next year.

Why This Matters:  The investments in electric vehicles are clearly market-driven, but it cannot hurt to have Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden on the campaign trail talking about using the federal purchasing power to transition the federal fleet to electric vehicles.

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Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

A new study by the Department of Energy provides an interesting new concept for blending solar and hydropowerThe study found that by placing solar panels on reservoirs and feeding the solar power generated into the same substation, both the hydropower and solar power generated could be more inexpensive, more efficient, and more reliable.

Why This Matters:  It may be obvious, but we will need innovations like these to make the transformations needed to have a sustainable and feasible renewable power system. 

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