EFF: Don’t Let Police Turn Our Cars Into Surveillance Platforms

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has an important warning for us about autonomous vehicles, as well as other vehicles with cameras: We’ve learned this lesson before. Maybe we should just call it the Amazon Ring Hypothesis: Absent strict protections, any sensors that collect data and footage about people will eventually become a tool of police … Read more

US sees record Q1 renewables build but clean power faces ‘many hurdles’ to growth: ACP

The US installed a record 6.62GW of utility-scale onshore wind, solar, storage capacity in the first quarter and up 11.5% from a year ago, but the renewable energy sector’s outlook is clouded by macro and issues policy, according to a new report the American Clean Power Association (ACP). “The record-breaking quarter for clean power is … Read more

‘Hideous propaganda’ | Ambition, realism and anger at billionaire Forrest’s big-name green hydrogen gathering

Conferences can be boring. The same people saying the things year after year, executives taking the stage in order to promote their own companies rather than because they have something interesting or important to say. Last week’s Green Hydrogen Global Assembly in Barcelona felt different. This conference had an attitude, a swagger, a purpose. This … Read more

Engie’s US LNG Reversal: Emissions Cuts Helped Clinch the Deal, But Are They Legit?

Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported that French energy company Engie signed a 15-year supply deal for liquified natural gas (LNG) from NextDecade’s proposed Rio Grande project in Texas. The agreement was notable in part because Engie had rejected a similar agreement in fall 2020 — a watershed moment signaling the importance of climate … Read more

‘Near zero carbon petrochemicals by 2050’ but at higher price than production now: BNEF

Near zero-carbon petrochemicals production could be a reality by mid-century if some $759bn is invested in slashing sector emissions using electrification, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and other key CO2 technologies, according to new calculations from BloombergNEF (BNEF). But BNEF cautions that “low-carbon routes [for the petrochemical sector] It will remain more expensive than … Read more