America’s Green New Deal needs copper but is there enough?: Clean energy may be “net-zero” in terms of carbon emission but it is enormously more metals-intensive. For example, electric vehicles (EV) require copper not only for motors and batteries but for their charging infrastructure and the reinforcement of the electric transmission and distribution grid.
FT 22nd March 2019 read more »
Congressional members rolled out their “Green New Deal” in February that calls for a rapid shift to carbon-free energy. As laid out by Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the Deal calls for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture to building efficiencies. But the roll-out hiccupped a bit on the role of nuclear energy. At first, the proposal called for phasing out all nuclear plants and not building any new ones. They also released a fact sheet nixing the possibility of building new nuclear power plants. Then they backed off and referred to future energy sources as clean, renewable, and zero-emission, which allows nuclear in.
Forbes 21st March 2019 read more »