Aptera, Arcimoto, & Solo Are Sliding Into The Abyss, & Tech Writers Should Know Better

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2023 17:45:08 +0000

DALL·E generated image of a Rube Goldberg device driving down the road dragging moneyMaybe there will be an interesting book about Aptera after it inevitably fails. More likely it would be a moderately interesting chapter in a book about really bad ideas

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In Bluegrass State, Nucor’s Green Steel Trumps Anti-Wokedness

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2023 13:35:42 +0000

green steel nucor kentuckyWoke or not, Kentucky is behind a new green steel factory that supports President Joe Biden’s goal for offshore wind development in the US.

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Climate Change No Longer A Gray Rhino Risk: Michele Wucker, Author Of The Gray Rhino

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2023 12:35:38 +0000

DALL·E generated image of a angry gray rhinoceros charging during a lightning storm, pictureAbsurdly predictable. Absurdly well predicted. Absurdly impactful. Ignored by virtually everyone. Gray rhino. But climate change isn’t a gray rhino risk anymore. 

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The Megaproject Paradox: Why Rail Projects Struggle To Deliver On Time & Budget

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2023 22:30:18 +0000

DALL·E generated image of futuristic high speed rail in china 3d renderRail requires a lot more tunnels, and as the data shows, any time you are digging tunnels, fat-tailed risks abound and projects operate more slowly.

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U.S. Races Ahead in EV Manufacturing Investments

Credit to Author: NRDC| Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2023 04:50:40 +0000

Since Biden took office, manufacturers have quadrupled their announced electric vehicle manufacturing and battery investments in the U.S. to $210 billion, more than any other country in the world. The United States is now poised to attract the most investments globally in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing, for the first time surpassing announced investments in […]

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The Nuclear Fallacy: Why Small Modular Reactors Can’t Compete With Renewable Energy

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2023 19:30:32 +0000

nuclear energy SMR Ukraine green hydrogen NuscaleWill the small modular nuclear reactor community be able to find an optimized point on the physics vs modularity curve? I don’t think so, and discussed it with Bent Flyvbjerg, global megaproject expert.

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Unpacking The Iron Law of Projects: Black Swans Vs Gray Rhinos In Clean Energy

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2023 16:45:17 +0000

DALL·E generated image of a black swan fighting a gray rhinoGray rhinos are about the strategic perspective of what is important to do, and black swans are about the tactics of dealing with it most effectively and efficiently. Gray rhinos say focus on big issues like climate change, and black swan awareness help us deliver climate solutions.

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Modularity & Scale In Big Cleantech Projects: Insights From Bent Flyvbjerg’s “How Big Things Get Done”

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2023 18:47:47 +0000

DALL·E generated image of megaproject failureProjects have what are called fat-tail risks and results. There’s a lot more variation at the extremes than for other things like human height.

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