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Everything is a climate story. The Carbon Copy covers our shifting carbon-based economy, one news story at a time. Host Stephen Lacey covers climate change through the lens of business, technology, culture, and politics, to explain how the planet is transforming. The show is a co-production of Post Script Media and Canary Media.

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    • 4.8 • 119 Ratings

Everything is a climate story. The Carbon Copy covers our shifting carbon-based economy, one news story at a time. Host Stephen Lacey covers climate change through the lens of business, technology, culture, and politics, to explain how the planet is transforming. The show is a co-production of Post Script Media and Canary Media.

    Gas stations vs utilities: battle for the future of charging

    Gas stations vs utilities: battle for the future of charging

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    Join us on November 30 for a live, virtual episode of Climavores. Come ask a question about food, nutrition, and eating for the climate.
    The age of the electric vehicle is coming, and it’s going to transform more than just the auto industry. EVs are also set to remake the fueling industry. But who will own the electric charging future?
    That is the question that journalist David Ferris, reporter for POLITICO’s E&E news, started asking himself a couple years ago. When he started to look into it, he found a simmering tension that is turning into an all-out clash between two pillars of the American energy economy: the electric utility and the gas station.
    For over a century, gas stations have been a prominent feature of our car-centric landscape. Meanwhile, the provision of electricity has long been the domain of utilities. The EV is bringing these two titans of the energy industry into conflict for the first time, and the battle over who will sell those electrons is already starting to get nasty. 
    You can read Ferris’ story on the contested future of EV charging here.
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    • 23 min
    A reality check on corporate sustainability

    A reality check on corporate sustainability

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    Join us on November 30 for a live, virtual episode of Climavores. Come ask a question about food, nutrition, and eating for the climate.
    There’s no doubt that corporations are thinking differently about climate risk and action. But are they making real progress?
    This week, we have two conversations on the murkiness of corporate sustainability. 
    We’ll talk with Siduja Rangarajan, a senior investigative data reporter, about the creative accounting that is inflating the emissions reductions of large companies. She and journalist Ben Elgin recently dug through 6,000 climate reports – and found that the world’s biggest companies may be failing to account for 24 million cars worth of emissions.
    We’ll also hear from Joel Makower, co-founder of GreenBiz Group and co-host of the GreenBiz 350 podcast. He’s been covering corporate sustainability for nearly three decades. We talk about what is actually making an impact in corporate sustainability – and what is still holding it back.
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    • 27 min
    The Ike Dike: the biggest civil engineering project in US history

    The Ike Dike: the biggest civil engineering project in US history

    As the cost of living with hurricanes grows, coastal cities across the country are starting to ask the trillion dollar question: what can we build to protect ourselves, and how much are we willing to pay?
    This week, producer Alexandria Herr takes us to Texas, where the largest civil engineering project in U.S. history may soon put those questions to the test. The Houston area is a sitting duck for a hurricane that scientists say could cause an environmental and economic catastrophe. But the $31 billion “Ike Dike,” approved this summer by the House and Senate, would help protect the region. Will it be enough to prevent disaster? 
    Guests:

    Kiah Collier, you can read the Peabody award winning reporting on the potential impacts of a hurricane on the Houston area for Propublica and the Texas Tribune here.

    Dr. Bill Merrell is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 

    Dr. Jim Blackburn is a professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation from Disasters Center.


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    • 37 min
    New York’s clean energy puzzle

    New York’s clean energy puzzle

    New York has a puzzle that it needs to solve – fast. In less than a decade, the state is aiming to radically increase renewable electricity generation, all while helping New Yorkers electrify their homes and businesses. 
    The state's ambitious policy plan for 70% renewables by 2050 will succeed or fail based on how it can develop the supporting infrastructure, like transmission, ports, and batteries.
    So how will the nuts and bolts of New York's energy transition play out? 
    This week, we have a panel from our recent live event with Canary Media addressing exactly that question, featuring leading reporters covering decarbonization and energy markets in New York: Canary Media journalist Maria Gallucci; The City journalist Samantha Maldonado; and Politico journalist Marie French.
    This episode is brought to you by Rise Light & Power, the owner of Ravenswood Generating, New York City’s largest power plant. By repurposing existing infrastructure and replacing fossil fuel generation in the heart of New York City, Renewable Ravenswood makes it easier and more cost effective to meet New York’s ambitious climate goals. Learn more. 
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    • 46 min
    The ‘ecological ponzi scheme’ putting Florida at risk

    The ‘ecological ponzi scheme’ putting Florida at risk

    Michael Grunwald is an energy and climate journalist who lives in south Florida. He loves Florida. But he also loves to poke fun at Florida's poor planning. In 2017, he wrote a piece for POLITICO about Cape Coral -- the boomtown built on swampland that is uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes.
    Cape Coral is a city of 200,000 people in Southwest Florida. It's basically a wetland, nestled next to Fort Myers – one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
    Construction of Cape Coral started in the late 1950s. It was the vision of two brothers who got wealthy peddling baldness tonic from wool grease. They knew how to sell anything, including a city built on water.
    And then, in late September, Hurricane Ian rolled in. The near-category 5 hurricane knocked out the city's water supply, electricity, and left most houses underwater. Mike wrote an update to that piece, reminding readers about the “fantasy” propping up Southwest Florida.
    This week, We talk with Mike Grunwald about Florida's unwillingness to plan for climate change – and what a nearby solar-powered city that weathered Hurricane Ian tells us about what's possible.
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    • 22 min
    From empty concrete to offshore wind hub?

    From empty concrete to offshore wind hub?

    This week, producer Alexandria Herr takes a trip to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and gets a peek into the future. What is now an empty stretch of concrete sandwiched between a Costco and the Upper New York Harbor will soon be transformed into a hub of green industry: a facility to assemble offshore wind turbines. 
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has designated the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as the future hub of its offshore wind operations. Community leaders in Sunset Park, a neighborhood that has long faced a multitude of environmental justice issues, are hoping that the project will bring workforce development and green energy jobs to the community. 
    Canary journalist Maria Gallucci brings us her reporting on the project in Sunset Park, and how it might be a model for how communities facing environmental justice issues can lead the green industries of the future. You can read her story here.
    The Carbon Copy is a co-production of Post Script Media and Canary Media.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Andy Kosick ,

Indispensably Informative

The most important energy and climate topics covered thoroughly but concisely. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that Goldilocks balance that Stephen finds here. There are pods that are fascinating but rambling conversations, sometimes you’re in the mood for that, but sometimes you just want The Carbon Copy.

Nina Wisconsin ,

A Clean Tech must

Here's a fantastic podcast that never fails to deliver well researched reporting on the most exciting areas of clean tech. There are so many stories on significant advancements in renewables, new ways financial markets are shifting away from fossil fuels to interviews with key policymakers who are shaping legislation. It's wonky and filled with details that give me hope that we'll make our goals as we fight for a world with a livable climate.

attick2 ,

Called the Ice Age

I thought it was called the Ice Age, no global warming ,no climate change! I don’t know why it’s called this year!! 20-30 years ago they say the planet would be destroyed ,bunch of left-wing wackos!!! Let’s go Brandon!!!

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