What ramp-up with EVs is possible?

A big question for decarbonization is what sort of industrial ramp-up is possible?  How fast can we make the shifts we need?  The IEA’s own conservative analyses tell us that EVs. PV, wind power, and batteries are mature enough to be chosen, applied and receive investments as big ways forward. How fast can industries ramp up?  Our best example in …

Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …

Community broadband stories

Colorado County agrees on plan to finish broadband project by Niki Turner, Rio Blanco Herald Times, niki@theheraldtimes.com RBC | Following news that Colorado Fiber Community (CFC), the company contracted to install broadband infrastructure had run out of money and new connections would slow to a crawl, Rio Blanco County Commissioners met to find a way to finish the project. Commissioner Shawn Bolton said …

Materials markets for PV and wind turbines

Over $37 Billion Worth Of Wind Turbine Blade Materials Expected Over Next Decade September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica More than $37 billion worth of wind turbine blade materials is expected to be produced and purchased over the next ten years, according to new figures published this week by Navigant Research, highlighting the growing strength of the global wind energy …

EVs will mean auto factories with a final assembly area that is half the size, requires half the capital investment and 30% fewer labor hours per car. Opening EV manufacturing in new areas? Learn from Lancaster, CA. Also next gen Lithium-Ion battery production in NY

In addition to the EV investments they are undertaking, by 2022 Ford plans to cut spending on future internal combustion engines by a third, or about $500 million, putting that money instead into expanded electric and hybrid vehicle development, on top of $4.5 billion previously announced. Ford also will cut the time it takes to engineer a new car by 20 …

Auto manufacturers are becoming more like assemblers of subsystems sourced from outside suppliers, devoting more attention to light-weighting

By Steve Hanley. This story about Williams Advanced Engineering was first published on Gas2. 6 Sep 2017 The arrival of the electric car is inspiring a new era of innovation in the auto industry and making fundamental changes in the way cars are built. Those changes are opening the door for new companies to bring their expertise and technical knowledge …

Wait! What jobs will be safe from robots?

An excerpt from The Guardian, June 2017 Ford, the futurist, classifies resilient jobs in three areas. The first is jobs that involve “genuine creativity, such as being an artist, being a scientist, developing a new business strategy”. Ford notes: “For now, humans are still best at creativity but there’s a caveat there. I can’t guarantee you that in 20 years …

“This is a different world from three years ago” — renewables are no longer “alternative energy”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress, April 30, 2017 Renewables and efficiency have already won the battle for the future of electricity according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).  In his keynote talk at the end of April 2017, BNEF founder and chair Michael Liebreich explained that if you blinked, you missed the clean energy revolution: “This is a different world from three …