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The Economist (February 3)

2024/ 02/ 04 by jd in Global News

Between 2012 and 2022, half of the Americans who adopted EVs and PHEVs were “living in the 10% of counties with the highest proportion of Democratic voters.” Polarization may best the biggest obstacle limiting “the American market for electric vehicles.” Polarization “is cursing not only America’s politics but, increasingly, its culture and marketplace.”


New York Times (February 24)

2023/ 02/ 25 by jd in Global News

“The energy transition poised for takeoff in the United States amid record investment in wind, solar and other low-carbon technologies is facing a serious obstacle: The volume of projects has overwhelmed the nation’s antiquated systems to connect new sources of electricity to homes and businesses.” The interconnection system now faces a multiyear logjam of over 8,100 projects (mainly clean energy) “waiting for permission to connect to electric grids,” up from 5,600 a year earlier.


Wall Street Journal (February 10)

2022/ 02/ 12 by jd in Global News

European scientists have set a “nuclear-fusion energy world record” and the “findings suggest this approach can be scaled-up for use in power plants.” The experiment successfully “generated 59 megajoules of fusion energy for five seconds,” but “the researchers weren’t able to overcome a major obstacle: generating more energy than they had to put into the experiment.” A scaled-up version looks set to do so as early as 2025. Currently “35 firms globally are racing to be the first to create net-energy machines and to commercialize them by delivering electricity to the power grid.”


Forbes (September 15)

2016/ 09/ 17 by jd in Global News

Plans to have autonomous cars on the roads in a few years are over optimistic. “This timetable is unrealistic. In fact, the widespread use of driverless cars will not happen for at least another 20 years.” The “intractable obstacle” facing driverless cars is “the extreme difficulty of moving from semiautonomous to fully autonomous.” Consumers wrongly “assume that the transition to full autonomy is an easy next step from the myriad semiautonomous features already in use today.”