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The Clean Energy Show

James Whittingham and Brian Stockton

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The race between climate change and renewable energy is on and The Clean Energy Show gives you a front row seat for the transition to a better, cleaner world! The unstoppable spread of electric vehicles, solar, wind, batteries and more as the world decarbonizes. Why electric cars are better than gas cars. How clean is cheaper than polluting. How government policy on clean energy can create a better future for us all. Passionate but light-hearted weekly conversations about the latest developm ...
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The UAE is criticized for putting an oil exec. in charge of the annual UN climate conference. Coal has killed more people than first realized. The Pope goes big on EVs. Brian's heat pump tweaking in cold weather Norwegian national anthem Norway leads in heat pumps AND EVs Artificial Christmas tree off-gassing particulate matter and causing cancer S…
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Britain's aging nuclear reactors could cost $10.4 Billion each to decommision. Hyundai is going to sell its cars on Amazon.com. Frito Lays electric delivery truck network. Dominos delivers pizza on a heated e-bike. Saskatchewan climate law suit. Canada gets another battery factory, this time in the west. Local clean energy lawsuit against the Saska…
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Looking back 12 years to see how far we've come with clean energy, knowing that we have 12 to go before grids need to be decarbonized. The only SMR in North America to have a contract with a utility, just ended that contract due to skyrocketing prices and lack of subscriptions from utilities. Kim Kardashing creates a bra with built-in nipples as a …
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Could you solve climate change with just solar panels and batteries if that's all you had? Decarbanizing Alberta's electrical grid by 2035. The Pembina Institute says you can. Humans can't see 30 years into the future, so why do we think we know how the climate gets solved by then? Plus, an electric motorcycle with huge range, a new windfarm for th…
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Renowned solar guru Jenny Chase releases her annual state of solar tweet storm and its full of suprising facts and predictions. We find out what solar cannibalization is. Adonomous ride share company Cruise has suspended its operations after having its licence pulled in California. And electric shoes! More construction at Brian's house Vinfast on J…
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We explore the sins of hydropower generation and why it's not used so much anymore. Japan is testing wireless charging in roads at stoplights. We have a new size record for offshore wind turbines and it's huge! Re-imagining food trucks to be battery electric. James's favorite clean energy podcasts and road fuel sales are dropping in Norway because …
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A listener gets caught up in misinformation from a potential oil schill. A new study of real world trucking companies gives new hope to battery-electric long-haul trucking. Brian's electric drive trip to see the Judge John Hodgeman Podcast in the U.S. midwest. How the solar eclipse affected solar electricty. From St Paul, MN and Regina, Canada. Jud…
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Should you find your biological father and what is the ideal uterus? One that picks and chooses the best genes from multiple sexual partners. Thanks for listening! Be sure to follow/subscribe for more episodes! My links Send me an online voicemail now! https://www.speakpipe.com/sneeze James on Twitter This podcast on Twitter James on TikTok My YouT…
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My husband made out with a teenaged underaged girl at a party, what should I do? James has the answer. Plus Boise, Idaho has some weird laws. sneezeshow@gmail.com This is our wheel for this week's shows: Urine Geography Advice SNEEZE! End the Podcast Opinion Advice Phobias Disease AdviceBy James Whittingham
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Pope Francis lambasts fossil fuel companies for greenwashing and destroying the climate. A power utility in Vermont is planning to install batteries in the homes of their customers. Ireland turns down a new Liquified natural gas port on the basis it would be bad for the climate. Wind turbines work in the far north! Plus, the U.S. EV tax credit is n…
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We tap into Robert Llewelyn's panel and the IEA to bust myths spreading in newspapers and social media about EVs and the green transitionl. They're not just wrong, they're way wrong! A wind farm in Kansas has not airplane lights. How? It uses radar to detect planes before turning them one, thus not annoying nearby residents. Swedish battery maker N…
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Electric two and three-wheelers are eating into oil demand more than EVs right now. The U.K. is rolling back zero emission goals, saying it will cost you money. Bringing Tesla-like route navigation to an non-Telsa EV. Heat pump fever gets even hotter in the United States! James re-enacts a funny dream he has about his finacially-better off co-host.…
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We imagine an interview with Elon Musk using AI voice cloning for the sake of some laughs. Greta second protesting arrest means she could go to jail for six months. Brian revisits solar in space. Saudis and Albertans don't believe peak oil is closing in on them. Brian's heat pump wather heater update What is a Bennet Buggy? Fake interview with Elon…
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The IEA says we are at the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. They now say peak demand will occur before 2030! Canada’s natural resources minister has declared that Canada’s unprecedented forest fire season may continue into the winter. A strike is looming in America’s auto industry as we reach a critical transition point in the switch to…
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London succeded in expanding their low emissions zone to practically the whole city. Kia is gathering plastic from the ocean and putting into cars. Rain swamps Burning Man 2023. California signs the non-proliferation of fossil fuels treaty. Electric car adoption reaches a tippoing point in 23 new countries. From the Telluride Film Festival, in Tell…
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The Democratic-backed bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act would represent the largest climate investment in US history. Interview with Tom Rowlands-Rees, Head of Research, North America for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Corey Cantor, E.V. Associate with BNEF. The July Surprise, E.V. incentives, Japanese automakers and the challenges of br…
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ReThinkX pours cold water on nuclear ambitions for climate. The Alberta government is attacking wind and solar investment permanently. Not all LED light bulbs live up to incandescent but some do and then some! Why the Tesla charging network will be the only chargers non-Tesla drivers use once they can. Brian finally sees Oppenheimer Back in two wee…
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James takes his small, slow-charging Bolt EV on a massive trip through Western Canada and we see what the current state of charging is like and where it will go shortly. Youth prevail in a Montana court and it's a huge win for climate litigation. Investments in solar power and grid storage have exploded in the US following the Inflation Reduction A…
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Co-host Brian dares to bring his astonishingly-beautiful 'ultimate red' Tesla Model S into James's neighborhood. We record his reaction and his screams as it excellerates at light speed. Iran has declared a two-day public holiday over an unprecedented heat wave risk. The United States government has announced 4-8 Gigawatts of new offshore wind area…
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Doctors say the current heatwave affecting Phoenix, AZ is causing third degree burns from contact with hot surfaces. New geothermal drilling potential from a laser drill invented for fusion. Chevy is keeping the Bolt EV, a pilot project to cover canals with solar panels is going ahead in California. Canada phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. How low…
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Planet Earth is on fire. Millions are suffering under unprecidented heat waves. James and his family argue over what vehicle to take on vacation: an EV or SUV. Scientists are naming heat waves. Europe's tough but helpful new laws on EV chargers. A natural gas leak study. Paris is punishing big cars. Landlords in Canada are forbidding air conditione…
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The shipping industry has agreed on getting to net zero by 2050ish. Scientists in China are experimenting with covering glaciers in white plastic sheets. Microsoft wants many small nuclear reactors for its servers. The successful demonstration of space-based solar power beamed to Earth and James thinks that's the stupidest thing he's ever heard sin…
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James takes his first road trip in his Chevy Bolt and shares his lessons with listeners. Researchers pull electricity out of...humid air. Canadian wildfire smoke reaches Spain. Sorry! More companies are adopting the Tesla charging standard. A government is fighting climate change by buying air conditioners for at-risk people. Why Dubai has the worl…
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It was a bad week for fossil fuels not blowing up. District heating in Finland using small modular nukes. Chevy's electric pickup has debuted to applause. One company tries to lower carbon emissions from concrete. Recap of the benefits of an electric lawn tractor. James bought an electric Thermacell mosquito repeller. NACS update on the Tesla charg…
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A historic youth climate case, more than ten years in the making, has landed in a Montana courtroom. A few years ago, a group of 16 young people from the state of Montana sued the state for its role in supporting the fossil fuel industry and contributing to climate change. Also: Electric cruise ship, Boeing sees the need for lots more jets, EV make…
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We're off this week so we present an episode from December, 2022. Why 2022 was a good year for clean energy (thanks Putin!), our EV of the year, solar on an abandoned nuclear power plant site, Brian gets stranded by the weather, James's Prius has troubles, and more evidence that the Tesla Supercharger network is the one to beat. The sound of drivin…
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Brian podcasts from Portmeirion, Wales, the location of the TV show, The Prisioner. The lifecycle cost of a Tesla Model 3 nearly matches the cheapest car you can buy in America, The Mirage. Wildfires in Canada have so far burned 10 times more land than usual at this time of year and you're probably breathing it. Rowan Atkinson says EVs are no good.…
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Ford will use the vast Tesla Supercharger Network and the Tesla connectors. We explain why this is huge news. A new study has found that climate scientists, especially those that are women, are facing increasing death threats. The coal plant that exploded in Australia is getting rebuilt because--actually we have no idea why! Programming note: June …
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Why clean power grids are important to attract business. ChargeX consortium to ensure reliable EV charging. Ukraine keeps the lights on with renewables. Biden looking for climate-friendly jet fuels. Plus: Brian is getting his cold weather heat pump installed as we record the podcast (sorry for the sound). Martin Scorcese's "Killers of the Flower Mo…
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Three years ago we warned our local goverment that building a gas plant would be building a stranded asset. They didn't listen and now they say they can't meet the federal government's (and the world's) goal of net zero electricity by 2035. We roast the jackwagon Scott Moe and his oil-happy Saskatchewan government simply for being stupid. Note: We'…
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This week: How long do city electric buses last? Our city says, 'Not so long.' Tesla refines its own lithium because it has to. Lagos, Nigera gets twelve THOUSAND electric buses. 45% of auto dealers in the U.S. won't sell you an electric car. You can't call someone an enviromentalist just because they want to save the planet from being unihabitable…
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Time of day pricing comes to one Ontario utlity that would result in very cheap overnight charging for your car. California has banned the sale of diesel trucks by 2036. A new solar power project has come online in China, and it’s big. The IEA projects oil displacement by 2030 is 5.3 million barrels per day. But how much of that is two and three-wh…
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The world's biggest battery maker CATL announced a high density battery twice as good a current batteries and even good enough for aircraft. This while they debut sodium-ion batteries that have excellent cold weather performance and use less cobal and nickle. Canada gives billions to Volkswagen for a huge battery factory. Journalists at the Shangha…
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New data suggests electric school buses increase attendance for kids. In diesel buses, the air can be bad inside the bus. Children breathe in carcinogens from diesel fumes on ICE buses. Not so when you go electric. The city of Vancouver, B.C. is making it possible for film and TV productions to ditch diesel generators for location shooting. They wi…
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President Joe Biden announced a plan for the toughest rules ever on car pollution. The policy would force automakers to have a majority of sales all-electric in just a few years and fully electric by 2035. Germany closes its last three nuclear reactors this week in spite of the energy crisis brought on by Russia. Walmart is building out an EV netwo…
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James takes the Bolt on the open road and tries out DC public fast charging. The value of Chinese ICE cars tumble due to EVs. Nuclear doesn't need to take so long to build. The specs on the all-electric Ram REV pickup truck. It beats the competion on paper. Brian charges for free at IKEA but at what cost? Testing our new Chevy Bolt highway consumpt…
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Brian returns from the Fargo Film Festival with stories of seeing Kevin O'Leary and a documentary on the A & W Whistle Dog. A 1982 hydrogen car in Saskatchewan? A listener points us to an old CBC News story on the subject. Japan has worked out a clean energy trade deal with the United States and why that's important. Support The Clean Energy Show w…
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that global average temperatures are estimated to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels in the early 2030s. Rwandans clean their country one day every month. Oil companies are getting sued in Colorado. 7-Eleven may have one of the biggest electric vehicle charging networks one day soo…
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Brian's rave review of All that Breathes. Host James buys a brand new EV. What the perfect EV charging gas station of the future will look like thanks to Norway. Biden approves Alaska drilling. A wind farm continues to be built in Ukraine 60 miles from the front lines. It's giving much needed power to residents. Saudi Aramco cashes in big. Ohio pol…
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Tesla's CEO has lost his mind but the company has outlined its commitment and its plan in achieving a livable world. Offshore wind turbines aren't killing birds or whales. We help a listener in his cross country U.S. road trip. New nuclear reactors finally come online in Georgia while most new power in the U.S. is wind, solar and batteries. What th…
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The Oscar-nominated documentary All that Breathes moves James to research the causes of Delhi's air pollution. He found out that a baby born today will smoke the equivellent of a dozen cigarettes just by breathing. New file! Donate to The Clean Energy Show now! We examine the ebikes available at Costco and are reasonably impressed. Canada's governm…
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The debate over gas stoves ends now. Induction is the clear winner in the boil water race. An clean energy masters student listener has an existential crisis over cobalt mining in the DR Congo. Biden makes it against the law to have downtime on EV fast chargers. Europe is closer to their combustion vehicle ban. Safety of ebike batteries questioned,…
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Fewer EV ads at the Super Bowl this year but will the ones that did air convince people? Skating rink Zambonis were making kids sick so they've gone electric. EVs top $1 trillion dollars and some automakers are panicing at what they've lost by not going electric. James asks if he should get a portable induction cooktop. The Chevy Bolt may be gettin…
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James finally preorders a new electric vehicle: the Chevy Bolt EUV and actually finds a salesperson who owns an EV! James proposes adding 'level 4' charging to the lexicon. Level 3 should be for shopping malls and grocery stores at 50-149kW. Hydrogen airplane certified has no batteries. Nazis plot against the Baltimore power grid. Why? Racism. BMW …
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To meet our Paris targets and keep warming to 1.5 degrees, we need to decarbonize the grid by 2035. Nuclear can't possibly achieve that in twelve years. So why are we extolling nuclear? BP says oil demand may have peaked. Toyota is officially dead. Chinese homes that burn coal inside the house. Greenwashing: Brian's local airport is capturing carbo…
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A new book says stick with wind, water, solar and storage and we meet 95% of our climate targets by 2035 without new inventions. Plant-based eggs briefly become cheaper than real eggs. We will not have to strip the Earth of its minerals to address climate change: a debunking. Republican states are benefiting the most with Biden's climate bills. Bri…
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A new book says stick with wind, water, solar and storage and we meet 95% of our climate targets by 2035 without new inventions. Plant-based eggs briefly become cheaper than real eggs. We will not have to strip the Earth of its minerals to address climate change: a debunking. Republican states are benefiting the most with Biden's climate bills. Bri…
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