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Ramez Naam
Books: Nexus Series / The Infinite Resource. Faculty . Energy, climate, & innovation wonk. Optimist.
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Ramez Naam 30m
Replying to @duncan__c
That said, I do think there will be startups that get venture funded in these new tech areas, and the successful ones will either grow large or become part of larger companies.
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Ramez Naam 31m
Replying to @duncan__c
Probably the latter. There are few sectors where there are network effects or where IP can really lock out competion. So I'd expect a few companies constantly competing on performance in each tech category.
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Ramez Naam 33m
Replying to @duncan__c
And I do think there will be companies that succeed through differentiated tech in those areas. That said, I think the overall tech toolkit, while larger than today, won't be incredibly larger.
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Ramez Naam 37m
Replying to @duncan__c
I think we'll see a broader total set of clean technologies over time, optimized for different situations. E.g., I'm not sure hydrogen will be necessary in the US, but it may be big in Europe and Japan.
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brad plumer 3h
Replying to @cohan_ds
that makes a lot of sense. i guess there are a bunch of states that do this now:
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Sam Korus 7h
Google's drone program, Project Wing, gets FAA approval as an airline meaning it can start acting as a commercial business.
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Stephen Lacey 7h
This week on , we take a mysterious drug called Nexus with and "neurocast" about the next disruptive phase of the clean energy transition. Plus, artificial superintelligence and why sci-fi ignores energy.
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JesseJenkins 19h
It's official: Washington is now the 4th state (and 2nd in this year's w/!) to pass 100 percent clean electricity legislation. Will eliminate coal power by 2025 and transition to 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2045 👏
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Sammy Roth Apr 21
The latest study, by a California research firm for three of the state’s major electric utilities, describes heat pumps for home heating and cooling as “the low hanging fruit when it comes to saving customers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
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Ramez Naam Apr 21
Replying to @jeffnesbit
Okay. Just bought the kindle version.
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Ramez Naam Apr 21
IMHO, there's a tendency to over-ascribe conflict and migration issues to climate, when presently they're much more likely driven by more conventional resource, weather, and - ultimately - political & social problems. Climate will make this worse, but isn't much of a driver yet.
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Dr. Jonathan Foley Apr 21
Replying to @GlobalEcoGuy
And I know this will invite a lot of strong opinion, but I’m actually interested in actual data and analysis here. Is there evidence that protests work? Or evidence that they don’t? Or do they activate some people, and disengage others? Data, please.
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Dr. Jonathan Foley Apr 21
Asking an honest question, which I don’t know the answer to... Do protests help or hurt environmental causes? They draw attention, but they also disrupt the lives of everyday people, losing potential allies. So: Are they any *data* on how effective protests are? Wondering...
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Ramez Naam Apr 21
The Gulf is a tough environment with respect to solar cleaning. They are experimenting with robotic cleaning (windshield wipers for solar). Meanwhile, they're actually doing it with human labor. Which is fortunately cheap there.
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Stewart Brand Apr 20
America’s real foreign aid. Enormous and grassroots.
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Ramez Naam Apr 20
Or charge battery elected vehicles when you have an over-abundance of solar. If you still have more, make hydrogen for seasonal storage.
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Michael Noble Apr 20
New Study Confirms Benefits of Electrifying CA Buildings -
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Kees van der Leun Apr 20
252 MW offshore wind farm enters operation in China. Great to see that what we started in NW-Europe is now spreading over the world!
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Ramez Naam Apr 20
Replying to @arvindpawan1
Nod.
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Erik Brynjolfsson Apr 20
Surveys suggest that empathy is down 40% (!) since 2000. It’s being replaced by more selective empathy for one’s own tribe but not those viewed as enemies. HT:
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