Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Electric deficit

By the Numbers
by The Editors
Posted 4/08/21, 12:44 pm

$174 Billion

The amount President Joe Biden’s proposed American Jobs Plan would direct toward electric vehicles (EVs), including funding to create a network of 500,000 EV charging stations across the United States by 2030. But the U.S. market for EVs, along with the market for battery production and disposal, must catch up to the demand analysts predict will exist by 2030.


Portion of the 17 million new vehicles sold in the United States in 2019 that were EVs.

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Krieg Barrie

U.S. energy explosion

by The Editors
Posted 1/30/20, 02:40 pm


The decline in energy-related U.S. carbon dioxide emissions during 2019. The drop was mainly the result of less use of coal for electricity generation. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that emissions will fall 2 percent in 2020 and 1.5 percent in 2021. With the exception of 2018, when a cold winter prompted more energy consumption, American carbon dioxide emissions have fallen consistently since a small increase recorded in 2014.

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My turn: the three hardest words to say

Energy | Mankind’s ingenuity and the sun’s power show I was wrong about solar energy
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/16/20, 03:32 pm

“I WAS WRONG.” Some wise soul says those are the three hardest words for a human being to say.

Hard or not, I think it’s time for me to apply the confession to my long-standing disdain for those who think we’ll soon be heating our homes and powering our cars with solar energy. “Maybe in 100 years,” I’ve stubbornly conceded. “But no way in my lifetime.”

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