Energy links for 5.22.2023 🔗
Below are a few of my favorite energy-related stories from last week.
All the arguments against EVs are wrong
We’re expecting huge gains in EVs (anywhere from 35% to 50% of all new cars sold by 2030). The naysayers have plenty of ammo to say why it won’t work, such as the increased demand in precious minerals, mileage/range concerns, and the carbon footprint created by creating EVs. But Noah Smith says all of those concerns are blown out of proportion.
Electric cars don’t work as well in the cold, but they still work very well
The range of electric cars falls by around a fifth in freezing temperatures. The drop in performance is legitimate, but that hasn’t stopped EVs from taking off in Scandinavia, so says Hannah Ritchie.
Climate deniers and climate doomers are more alike than they’d like to think
Another one from Hannah Ritchie, featuring this great quote:
“Most of us see deniers and doomers as being at opposite ends of the spectrum. That’s how they see themselves too.
But they’re not as different as you – or they – might think. Sure, the input messages they promote are opposites. Deniers say there’s no problem. Doomers say the problem is so big and hopeless that it’ll be the end of us. But the outcome and what they ultimately achieve are almost identical. Both tell us that we should do nothing.”/
📺 WTF happened to nuclear energy?
Maybe nuclear energy isn’t the savior so many of us hope it can be. But we won’t know until it’s given a fair shot.
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