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A 90% Clean Grid Can Be Achieved Quickly. What’s Holding It Back?

This week on The Energy Gang, we review a new report that describes how to decarbonize the grid more rapidly than we thought possible.

A 90% Clean Grid Can Be Achieved Quickly. What’s Holding It Back?

A 90% Clean Grid Can Be Achieved Quickly. What’s Holding It Back?

Most decarbonization proposals play out over 30 years, aiming toward 2050. But a new roadmap from researchers at UC Berkeley and the policy firm Energy Innovation shows the grid can get to a level of 90% clean in just 15 years' time. 

No new fossil fuel plants. Lower rates for consumers. 85,000 lives saved. 500,000 additional jobs. Region by region, the researchers lay out exactly how it can be done.

Prices have fallen so quickly that our understanding of what’s possible hasn’t kept pace. And now, say the researchers, we have the chance to decarbonize much sooner than many thought possible. This week on The Energy Gang, we’ll dig into the study and its implications.

Then, pollsters say Americans are “fully bought-in” to a clean energy future — and want bigger societal issues addressed with it. But among crucial swing voters, is anyone even thinking about climate? We’ll look at what the latest polling tells us.

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