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https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-rise-and-fall-of-oil-in-popular-culture-68751
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The Conversation
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
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https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/chinas-state-grid-corp-crushes-power-transmission-records
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Spectrum IEEE
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https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/07/20/oil-giants-are-dumping-the-cruddiest-and-most-expensive-hydrocarbons
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The Economist
But finding buyers is hard
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-10/shell-plans-to-spend-1-billion-a-year-on-clean-energy-by-2020
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Bloomberg
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https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/06/remember-the-bp-oil-spill-these-cleanup-workers-are-still-suffering-after-9-years/
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Mother Jones
With respiratory ailments, heart-palpitations, headaches, memory loss, skin rashes, and bloody sores.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2018/09/12/2093/why-lithium-ion-may-rule-storage-technology-for-a-long-time-to-come/
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MIT Technology Review
The US Department of Energy is launching a major research effort to develop a new generation of lithium-ion batteries largely free of cobalt, a rare and expensive metal delivered through an increasingly troubling supply chain. The three-year program, part of a broader effort to accelerate advanced vehicle technologies, could eventually lead to ch
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-peak-coal-is-coming-and-the-smart-mining-companies-are-already/
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The Globe And Mail
Already, large parts of the planet are abandoning coal. Ontario operated five coal plants in 2003, the year it promised to phase out coal-fired electricity generation. They were all gone by 2014
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https://engr.source.colostate.edu/in-csu-lab-laser-heated-nanowires-produce-micro-scale-nuclear-fusion-with-record-efficiency/
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Colorado State University
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https://www.axios.com/three-big-trends-microgrids-electricity-b750813e-0a25-44b3-921e-96fd87e4288a.html
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Axios
How California's writing the script on microgrids
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https://en.imsilkroad.com/p/131861.html
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Silkroad
China's hydrogen industry is enjoying a vigorous development now with related plans being issued and projects being carried out, reported the Xinhua-run Shanghai Securities News on Tuesday.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/17/americans-dont-tell-the-truth-when-they-talk-about-manufacturing-jobs.html
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CNBC
Many Americans think manufacturing jobs are "something other people's kids do." Only 30% of Americans want to work in manufacturing, a problem that Snap-On CEO Nick Pinchuk says is a bigger threat right now than robots.
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https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/14/the-era-of-cheap-oil-is-coming-to-an-end/
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Foreign Policy
Prices have been low for more than two years. With demand rising and supply falling, that’s all beginning to change.
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https://www.france24.com/en/20180703-macron-soft-power-push-africa-make-france-great-again-global-influence-diplomacy
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France 24
President Emmanuel Macron arrives Tuesday in Nigeria on his latest soft power mission while attempting to reassure African nations that France’s interest in the continent is more than just colonialis…
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https://www.engadget.com/2016-10-28-tesla-unveils-its-solar-roof-and-powerwall-2.html
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Engadget
At Universal Studios in Los Angeles tonight, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off the company's solar roof-top panels, a new $5,500 Powerwall 2 high-capacity residential battery pack, and the Powerpack 2 for businesses.
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https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/why-we-need-innovative-nuclear-power/
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Scientific American
Our future will depend on finding every possible source of reliable, carbon-free energy
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/solar-panels-nevada-1.3765962
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CBC
In some of the sunniest areas of the U.S., solar power is becoming a victim of its own success. With so many people leaving the grid, power utilities are now wondering who's going to pay the bill. They're fighting back, trying to make going solar much less attractive.
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https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/02/china-is-building-the-batteries-of-the-future-tesla-li-ion/
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Foreign Policy
Tesla is the United States' only shot at critical new technology.
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https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/winds-of-change-why-offshore-wind-might-be-the-next-big-thing
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Mckinsey
Falling costs and rising acceptance are promising signs, but the industry needs to keep improving.
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https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/covid-19-knocking-the-lights-out-in-vietnam/
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Asia Times
DA NANG - Vietnam was coming to grips with impending energy and electricity shortages when the coronavirus struck. Foreign oil and gas companies including
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vbngmd/decentralized-microgridding-can-provide-90-of-a-neighborhoods-energy-needs-study-finds
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Vice - Motherboard
"The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water."