“There is no climate security for the world without a protected Amazon. We will spare no effort to bring deforestation and degradation of our biomes to zero by 2030.”

Originally posted on Washington Post, Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva intends to build Brazil back into a global climate leader after four years of rapid deforestation of the Amazon: “There is no climate security for the world without a protected Amazon. We will spare no effort to bring deforestation and degradation of our … Read more

On the Road to Faster EV Adoption

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Susan Stefanovich, Zondits staff, 7/5/2022 To improve electric vehicle adoption, governments and utilities should implement programs that incorporate point-of-sale incentives that are easy for buyers to access and effectively improve affordability. Electric vehicle adoption has not been fast enough to meet the climate goals set forth by many companies and governments, partly due to the … Read more

Zondits Interview – Purchasing a Used EV

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Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 6/14/2022 Amber Watkins is Senior Consultant and Policy Advisor at DNV and recently purchased a used electric vehicle (EV). In this Ask-The-Expert discussion, she shares her experience, perspectives, and key takeaways. What drove you to purchase an EV and why did you opt for a used vehicle? When I lost my … Read more

Power Outages are on the Rise in the US

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Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 6/2/2022 Texas is experiencing a hotter-than-usual spring and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has begun preparations for the added risks that brings to the electrical grid. On Friday, May 13th, Brad Jones, the interim ERCOT chief executive issued a statement asking Texans to “conserve power when they can,” signaling … Read more

Proposed Legislation Would Pump Up the Heat Pump Industry

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/31/2022 Many U.S. states offer tax credits and efficiency program rebates for the installation of electric heat pumps in homes and commercial buildings. Newly introduced federal legislation would provide tax credits directly to the manufacturers of such products. The Senate bill is sponsored jointly by Democratic Senators Klobuchar, Smith, Hickenlooper, Whitehouse, … Read more

Can the U.S. Electrical Grid Handle the Growth in EVs?

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Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 5/27/2022 Grid Capability – Is the Nation’s grid able to support the explosive growth of electric vehicles (EVs) projected in the coming years? It’s a frequent question that arises and it’s an important infrastructure question to answer. Several automakers are projecting that millions of new cars and trucks over the next … Read more

Solar Project Delays Threaten Climate Goals

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/25/2022 The Biden administration has adopted aggressive climate goals, including decarbonizing the U.S. power sector by 2035. The exponential growth of solar energy installations is widely recognized as a necessary component of achieving these goals. However, the solar industry is now warning of a major slowdown in new installations, including massive … Read more

A Court Ruling and a Revised GHG Metric Gives the Green Light to New Drilling

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Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/13/2022 The Biden administration in March announced plans to resume drilling for oil and gas on federal lands. The reversal in policy was made after a federal appeals court granted a White House request to allow the administration to use a revamped metric for calculating the potential cost to society of … Read more

Will Direct Lithium Extraction be a Driver or Passenger in Electrification?

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Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/12/2022 Electrification in the transportation sector will be driven by batteries. And for the foreseeable future, specifically lithium-ion batteries. With the demand for electric vehicles (EV) around the world on the rise, producers will look to increase lithium extraction to meet the market needs. According to a World Bank Group report, … Read more

“Disobedient” Scientists Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/6/2022 Scientists in the United States and around the world are using civil disobedience to dramatize the risks of climate change. Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and multiple other news outlets have reported on the growing frustration of climate scientists who contend that their warnings are not being heeded. “The scientists … Read more