More Mineral Supply Needed to Meet Clean Energy Goals: IEA Study

An electric vehicle requires six times more minerals than a traditional, fossil-powered car, the report says.

An electric vehicle requires six times more minerals than a traditional, fossil-powered car, the report says.
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If the world is going to decarbonize, we’re gonna need a bigger supply of minerals, a new report says.

Climate scientists have made it clear that we need to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, at the absolute latest, to stave off catastrophic levels of global warming. That transition will require us to not only end our use of gas and diesel-powered cars but also to rapidly increase our deployment of carbon-free alternatives. Minerals like

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Amid Danger Signs, A Global Energy Leader Finds Reason for Hope

For more than a decade, Fatih Birol has consistently warned that the world is moving far too slowly to wean itself off fossil fuels. Two weeks ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) added its latest admonition: Global CO2 emissions this year are expected to experience their second-largest increase on record.

Last week, Birol spoke to President Biden’s climate summit and, after listening to world leaders once again vow to slash emissions, the IEA’s executive director said, “Right now the data does not match the rhetoric — and the gap is getting wider.”

Fatih Birol

In an interview with Yale

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Energy Northwest: Proudly advancing Washington’s clean energy future


An electric vehicle plugs in at the charging station at Caboose Park in Dayton, Wash. Energy Northwest led the installation efforts of the new charging station with support from a grant from Pacific Power. The station consists of one Level 2 charger and one Level 3 “DC Fast” charger.

Courtesy Energy Northwest

With a 100% carbon-free energy portfolio, Energy Northwest is positioned to help lead Washington in developing new clean energy-generating resources and transportation electrification projects. The 2019 passage of the Clean Energy Transformation Act provided public power with a tremendous opportunity to help Washington meet its climate goals while

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Biden Infrastructure Plan and the Energy Implications

Having introduced his USD 2 trillion infrastructure plan, Joe Biden aims at upgrading the foundational parts of the US economy; He considers it a transformational initiative “that does not tinker around the edges” and that could create the “most resilient, innovative economy in the world.”

US officials also claim that the plan will accelerate the struggle against climate change by embracing and reinforcing cleaner energy sources but also through a less “energy-hungry infrastructure”. It is said that essential parts of the plan target 20,000 miles of repaired/rebuilt roads, upgrades for the most economically significant bridges, the replacement of lead pipes

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How To Play The $2.6 Trillion Clean Energy Investment Boom

The money is starting to pour into clean energy from all corners as the energy transition emerges as a wildly lucrative opportunity rather than simply a threat to the oil and gas industry. 

For the first time in 2020, energy transition investment topped half a trillion … and that’s just the starting point. 

BloombergNEF says clean energy investment is set to hit $2.6 trillion this decade. 

Over $14 trillion in assets of institutions, foundations, and endowments are ready to back an energy transition. Forbes calls it a “paradigm shift” …

Now, there’s a new climate czar in town, John Kerry,

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GM and LG Energy Solution Investing $2.3 Billion in 2nd Ultium Cells Manufacturing Plant in U.S. | State

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

  • 2.8 million square-foot facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee, will create 1,300 new manufacturing jobs
  • New plant will significantly increase GM’s ability to lead in the production of batteries at scale
  • Leading Ultium battery technology is at the heart of GM’s EV strategy

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, today announced a more than $2.3 billion investment to build its second battery cell manufacturing plant in the United States. The facility will be located in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Ultium Cells will build the

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