Mon. Jan 27th, 2020

How America Thwarted a Big ‘Extension Twine’ for Renewables

America is a spot the place in case you can dream one thing — irrespective of how huge or bold — you are able to do it. 

Except you’re attempting to string 700 miles of high-voltage transmission strains to deliver wind energy from Oklahoma to Tennessee. 

Our visitor this week is Russell Gold, writer of a brand new guide in regards to the saga that unfolded when wind vitality pioneer Michael Skelly tried simply that. 

The guide, “Superpower,” is all about Skelly’s try to construct one of the bold vitality infrastructure tasks in latest historical past — and the way he confronted practically each impediment possible. What does Skelly’s journey inform us about America’s diminishing potential to do nice issues?

Russell Gold is a veteran newspaper reporter who was a pulitzer prize finalist for his reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He wrote a guide in 2014 on the rise of fracking, referred to as “The Growth.” He’ll be a part of us to speak in regards to the the reason why Skelly’s transmission plan failed.

Then, two high presidential candidates are calling for a ban on fracking and promising to part out nuclear energy. What can be the results if a democrat really put these guarantees into motion?

Lastly: we’re digging into a bit from Jonathan Franzen within the New Yorker that received a number of indignant criticism. Ought to we simply quit and cease pretending we are able to do something about local weather change?

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