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41. The coming Boom of the US Energy Transition - Redefining Energy podcast

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For our first episode of 2021, we have the pleasure and privilege to welcome Katherine Hamilton, co-founder and Chair at 38 North Solution (a Washington based public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation). Katherine is one of the best expert of the US energy and environmental policy, and she is also part of the “Energy Gang” the most famous Energy podcast.

We consider Katherine to be the “fairy godmother” of Redefining Energy.

During a breezy and affable conversation, we analyse the state of play of the American Energy Transition as Trump gives way to Biden. Despite the outgoing Administration’s rhetoric and shenanigans, clean energy has thrived since 2016 (wind +50%, solar x2, batteries x4, EVs x6). Now that a resolutely pro-climate Administration takes the helm, we anticipate a spectacular acceleration of the Energy Transition in America, and Katherine wonderfully explains why.

Happy new year to all our listeners.

 

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Mark Silverstone on Jan 6, 2021

Thanks for another insightful discussion.  Yes, in recent years US politics has tended to ebb and flow with respect to climate issues according to the party in power.  But Katherine is correct that it hasn´t always been that way.  I´m just relieved that the US has survived the Trump era. As I write this, the Democrats are about (not yet certain) to take control of the Senate. So, while it was out of the question up to now, the possibility of a small carbon tax is slightly more possible now.  But, I think it is still perceived as way too radical. And Biden is not about radical.  But, I think you can look for more effort on CCS and many constructive efforts to put people back to work.  And Katherine is right about “bringing people back together”. And I hear what you said about the grass roots groundswell of support and concern with respect to climate change.  So, anything is possible.  If the Dems do control the House and Senate, they better be quick about it, as 2022 may change it all again.

I hear a lot of hope in your voices and comments, especially about “rainbows and unicorns”.

 It makes me more hopeful too. Thanks!

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