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January 18, 2022 00:58:56
Ep. 3 Coming Down From the Oil High

Ep. 3 Coming Down From the Oil High

The oil and gas industry is powerful but not invulnerable, and faces an existential threat. In this episode, we talk with a leading energy writer about the future of global oil markets, and what this means for all of us. Welcome to the Earthlings podcast, where we talk about the big issues facing humanity in the early 21st century. In today’s episode, hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton and Christian Roselund interview Gregor Macdonald, the author of Oil Fall. Gregor cuts through the noise of short-term market fluctuations to talk about the big trends that are shaping global demand for oil, what the coming plateau of demand means, and what we can do to cut fossil fuel use now. About Our Guest:Gregor Macdonald is a freelance journalist who covers cities, climate, and energy—as well as a former oil trader. His work has appeared in Nature, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Harvard Business Review, Next City, Atlantic Media’s Route Fifty, The Petroleum Economist, PV Magazine, and Talking Points Memo.Talking Points: The factors underlying the future of global oil demand What it means for both the climate and the oil industry oil demand to “plateau” versus falling How electric vehicles make a long-term fall in oil demand inevitable What cities can do now to reduce oil demand and prevent the worst effects of climate change What the oil industry does and does not control around policy Why plastics and other non-fuel applications will not save the oil industry Why the United States and other developed countries can and should invest in infrastructure  Resources/Links: Oil Fall The Gregor Letter ...

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January 04, 2022 01:00:27
EP. 2 Your Next Car Will Be an EV

EP. 2 Your Next Car Will Be an EV

EVs are taking over the car market. And in this show, we look at what this means for you as a driver or passenger. We speak with an editor who has been covering EVs for decades, an entrepreneur working in EV charging, and a new Tesla owner to get the ins, outs, and rapid acceleration of driving an EV.Welcome to the Earthlings podcast, where we’ll talk about all of the decisions that we’ll have to make to ensure that the future we have is one we want to live in. In today’s episode, hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton (former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter) and Christian Roselund (founding editor of PV Magazine USA) dive into the EV world. They’re talking about charging issues, the history and future of motor vehicles, and the current status of EVs. What is it like owning an EV right now? What does the future hold? These questions and more are answered by charging industry expert Kamaele Terry, current EV owner John FItzgeral Weaver, and EV industry expert Charles Morris. They’ll help clear the air–the air pollution–around the transportation industry right now by defining some of those EV buzzwords, talking about the issues around EV charging stations, and what it’s going to take in order to make EVs more attainable for everyone. Kamaele Terry is the founder and CEO of ChargerHelp!, and she's also a board member who leads the LA chapter for Women in CleanTech and Sustainability. Charles Morris is the senior editor at Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine. He's also the ...

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December 14, 2021 00:42:49
EP. 1 Energy Predictions Are Hard

EP. 1 Energy Predictions Are Hard

What we can know, what we can't, and what is possible in the future of energy. Welcome to the first episode of the Earthlings podcast, where we’ll talk about all of the decisions that we’ll have to make to ensure that the future we have is one we want to live in. Hosts Lisa Ann Pinkerton (former award-winning NPR and PBS environmental science reporter) and Christian Roseland (founding editor of PV Magazine USA) take a close look at our relationships with technology, science, the planet, and each other. Today’s focus is an in depth look at our relationships with energy. What do we know? What can’t we know? What can we do to have a stable, livable climate so we can all have a prosperous future?  The inaugural guests on today’s episode are Jenny Chase, Rick O’Connell, and Anna Ebers Broughel. Jenny is head of solar analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She is also the author of the book, Solar Finance Without the Jargon. Rick is the executive director of GridLab. Rick and GridLab did a report with the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Anna works for the US Department of Energy as a statistician and as an energy economist at Terra Tech. All three of our guests bring their unique perspectives on the different aspects of energy predictions. Talking Points: IPCC Report and what it means for us How short-term forecasting influences the growth of renewable energy The difference between forecasting a prediction and a ...

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