Author: Zachary Shahan

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By dumping the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump hands world leadership to China

If the world can’t rely on the United States to be positively involved in the most existential crisis facing human society, when can the world rely on the USA? By Zachary Shahan  One of the first articles I published after the US presidential election in November was this one: “How China (+ Russia) Could Shift […]

June 2nd

The Pollution Industry Just Wants To Love You

It’s a warm summer night and you’re enjoying the cool breeze off of a wonderful Caribbean beach. There are no cancer-causing power plants around, because the island has gone solar. A greasy oil company exec is nearby, with the scent of millions or billions earned off the backs of working-class Americans wafting off his pale […]

May 30th

Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con?

The people of the United States live in bubbles. We each fall into certain subcultures that have a lot of influence over what we think, what we feel, and what we are interested in discussing. In politics, subcultures are obsessively collected and fought over (via messaging/branding, if not policy) and major political parties do their best to motivate […]

May 22nd

How the GOP learned to stop worrying and love Trump

Remember the #NeverTrump campaign? A lot of people within the Republican Party opposed Trump during the primaries, and even well into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump. I’m sure many other prominent Republicans didn’t either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work […]

May 16th

Cleantechnica attends the Tesla Model 3 rollout

by Zachary Shahan  (Cross-posted from our sister blog, Cleantechnica.) I rolled into Los Angeles at 1:00am on March 31, catching sleep on the flights from Frankfurt to DC and DC to LA in order to be rested for an early arrival at a Tesla store, so that I could to put down an early Tesla Model 3 […]

March 31st

House GOP plans new witch hunt over solar bankruptcy

Ed: It’s good for consumers when solar cell prices go down, but it makes it harder for solar manufacturers to turn a profit. With solar prices dropping 30% in the current recession, solar company Solyndra, a recipient of a large chunk of stimulus cash, nevertheless went bankrupt last week… and now House Republicans want to […]

September 9th

More trouble for flooded nuclear reactors in Nebraska

As bad news continues to come in from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, a similar situation may be beginning on our own shores. Two nuclear reactors in Nebraska are threatened by floodwaters… and while officials keep insisting there’s no danger and everything is under control, that’s not exactly reassuring.

Especially since one of their control systems collapsed over the weekend.

June 28th

Shades of Fukushima – flooded Nebraska plant loses power

Will this be our Fukushima? It’s certainly not at the point of being a major disaster yet, but… What turned Fukushima from a crisis to a disaster was the way Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) mishandled its attempts to keep control of their nuclear power plants.

As flood waters rise in the American heartland, it’s disconcerting to see the way a similar scenario is playing out…

June 27th