No, it has nothing to do with GameStop. A SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company, allows legitimate up-and-comers whose profits lie in the future to tap cash for building climate solutions now. David Crane, a veteran of climate-transition management, explains SPACs' potential to steer capital to a necessarily risky group of companies.
Energy without emissions causes more job creation and less climate risks. To expand across the recovering nation, energy needs to come with priorities, prices and placements that emphasize justice for people who have lived with systematic racism. In this summary and exploration, scholar Dan Kammen lays out the case for a justice-driven recovery. CBEY will explore this case more fully with Shalanda Baker and other scholars later this month.
In 2020, absolute decarbonization pledges mark software companies' elite rank as surely as triple-digit IPO share prices did in 1999. But Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Google all set distinct strategies for keeping their promises. Google's parent company, through the words of its CEO and the analysis of those who follow it, aims to foster collaboration among big energy consumers and to share operational learning about how to negotiate with utilities for more reliable and cheaper fossil-free energy.
What would you do if the cause that lights your day turned out to be trapping fellow citizens in the dark? For Shalanda Baker, a professor of law and public policy at Northeastern University, thinking about a clean energy future means thinking about the daily, weekly and sometimes invisible ways that people in deprived communities can control their power supply. Her work- in blogs, scholarship and a forthcoming book- reminds professionals that deals made on the backs of oppressed people are no deals at all.
Pollinator-friendly solar, which incorporates native grasses and wildflowers throughout a solar installation, is one approach to cultivating additional land use benefits from solar projects. In two new Yale Center for Business and the Environment white papers, we explore the potential of this emerging practice.