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5 Reasons You Should Wait to Buy an EV

MakeUseOf: “Not too long ago, electric vehicles were seen as impractical purchases reserved for people trying to make a statement. But EVs have morphed into very practical transport that you can use daily, with realistic range and charging times. Even the price of EVs are become more accessible, with more affordable choices for sale. But, there are still some reasons to wait before purchasing an EV…”

See alsoFebruary 2023 United States EV Fast-Charging Corridor Road Map. A full-coverage future for long-distance electric vehicle charging infrastructure. “This analysis identified 509 public, non-Tesla charging stations that are NEVI-compliant (i.e., corridor-ready charging stations). It recommends adding 1,084 strategically placed charging stations to complete the first phase of the national fast-charging network along designated EV Alternative Fuel Corridors. Remaining interstate highways not currently designated as Alternative Fuel Corridors could be built out with 20 additional recommended charging stations. The new charging stations recommended in this road map represent a minimum NEVI-compliant network. Future rounds of investment increasing network redundancy and expanding charging infrastructure in areas with high traffic intensity would be critical next steps in building out a robust national charging network…”

Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook 2023

“The purpose of this second Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook is to systematically analyze and assess the plausibility of certain well-defined climate futures based on present knowledge of social drivers and physical processes. In particular, we assess the plausibility of those climate futures that are envisioned by the 2015 Paris Agreement, namely holding global warming to… Continue Reading

United States EV Fast-Charging Corridor Road Map

February 2023 United States EV Fast-Charging Corridor Road Map. A full-coverage future for long-distance electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Analysis & Design. Elizabeth Abramson Research Analyst and Design Specialist, Carbon Solutions LLC; Road Map Architecture, Dane McFarlane, Director of Climate and Policy, Carbon Solutions LLC. Prepared for the Great Plains Institute “This analysis identified 509 public,… Continue Reading

FBI warns of neo-Nazi plots as attacks on Northwest power grid spike

OPB – “Plots by white supremacists to target electrical infrastructure in the United States have increased dramatically since 2016, according to a report published by the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University in September. “The rise of accelerationist ideology and doctrine during the past decade likely fueled the increased risk of attack plots… Continue Reading

Fed announces pilot climate scenario analysis

ClimateWire: “The Federal Reserve is requiring the largest American banks to assess how a major hurricane in the northeastern United States would affect their real estate portfolios as part of a broader regulatory exercise to measure the financial threats of climate change. The Fed released new details Tuesday about its anticipated “pilot climate scenario analysis,”… Continue Reading

These maps show exactly where we need to put solar panels, wind turbines, and EV chargers

Fast Company – “If more people are going to drive electric cars, we need many more EV charging stations. But where to put them? That analysis requires a lot of calculations: figuring out where the current chargers are stationed and where substations and electrical infrastructure is already built out, not to mention identifying which corridors… Continue Reading

Global Risks Report 2023

World Economic Forum: Cost of living dominates global risks in the next two years while climate action failure dominates the next decade. “As 2023 begins, the world is facing a set of risks that feel both wholly new and eerily familiar. We have seen a return of “older” risks – inflation, cost-of-living crises, trade wars,… Continue Reading

Assessing ExxonMobil’s global warming projections

Science [no paywall for two weeks] – Assessing ExxonMobil’s global warming projections. G. Supran. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3846-1633 , S. Rahmstorf. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6786-7723, and N. OreskesAuthors Info & Affiliations Science 13 Jan 2023 Vol 379, Issue 6628 DOI: 10.1126/science.abk0063 “In 2015, investigative journalists discovered internal company memos indicating that Exxon oil company has known since the late 1970s that… Continue Reading

Emergency measures needed to rescue Great Salt Lake from ongoing collapse

BYU Report – Great Salt Lake is facing unprecedented danger. “Without a dramatic increase in water flow to the lake in 2023 and 2024, its disappearance could cause immense damage to Utah’s public health, environment, and economy. This briefing provides background and recommends emergency measures. The choices we make over the next few months will… Continue Reading

2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts

Ars Technica: “The year 2022 will be remembered across the US for its devastating flooding and storms—and also for its extreme heat waves and droughts. By October, the US had already seen 15 disasters causing more than $1 billion in damage each, well above the average. The year started and ended with widespread severe winter… Continue Reading

How much money will you get with the Inflation Reduction Act?

This savings calculator from Rewiring of America [in English and Spanish] allows homeowners to calculate how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will permit them to save thousands of dollars on the upfront costs of electric machines (how we power our cars, heat our air and water, cook our food, dry our clothes and get our… Continue Reading

Subpoenaed Fossil Fuel Documents Reveal an Industry Stuck in the Past

The Intercept: “…As part of its investigation into climate disinformation, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed documents in November 2021 from four of the world’s largest oil companies; their U.S. trade association, the American Petroleum Institute; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The chamber did not comply with the subpoena, but the rest submitted a variety… Continue Reading