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Volts David Roberts

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    • 4.9 • 58 Ratings

Volts is a podcast about clean energy and politics. (It's also a newsletter -- sign up!)

www.volts.wtf

    Do dividends make carbon taxes more popular? Apparently not.

    Do dividends make carbon taxes more popular? Apparently not.

    A new study examines public opinion in the (very few) countries where a carbon "fee & dividend" has been implemented. Getting money back does not seem to change voters' opinions about taxes much.

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    • 16 min
    Minerals and the clean-energy transition: the basics

    Minerals and the clean-energy transition: the basics

    The clean-energy transition will require huge amounts of key minerals like lithium and cobalt, used to make cleantech like batteries & wind turbines. They are often mined under socially & environmentally dubious conditions. Is it a new resource curse?

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    • 19 min
    Volts podcast: me and Adam McKay in an exciting podcast crossover event

    Volts podcast: me and Adam McKay in an exciting podcast crossover event

    The podcast Carbon Copy interviewed me. I interviewed Don't Look Up director Adam McKay. The two interviews were weaved together into a 30-minute highlight reel. It's podcast gold! 

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    • 33 min
    Volts podcast: Jason Bordoff & Meghan O’Sullivan on the geopolitics of clean energy

    Volts podcast: Jason Bordoff & Meghan O’Sullivan on the geopolitics of clean energy

    The global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy will ease some geopolitical tensions, but it will cause new ones. I chat with international relations scholars about the risks ahead in the next few decades.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Volts podcast: "Don't Look Up" director Adam McKay on the challenges of making movies about climate change

    Volts podcast: "Don't Look Up" director Adam McKay on the challenges of making movies about climate change

    The movie Don't Look Up has split critics while becoming one of Netflix's biggest hits ever. I talk with director Adam McKay about the film's critical reception, his other ideas for climate movies, and the state of activism in Hollywood.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Climate legislation and Congress: the current state of play

    Climate legislation and Congress: the current state of play

    Some shrunken form of Build Back Better still has a chance. The good news is, everyone involved seems eager to preserve the climate parts. The bad news is, negotiations are delicate & could fall apart for any number of reasons.

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

TJ Eckleburg ,

Great talks on the most serious issue of our time

I’ve torn through 5 issues and love it. Most of climate Twitter seems to be kind of an echo chamber, but Dave cuts through that in a way that’s more relatable than some of the other nerds. I’m terrified for our future, but these conversations here make me feel better that there are people much smarter than me fighting to avoid a mass extinction.

k hirai ,

Best climate podcast

I listen to all of the climate podcasts - the nature ones, the industry ones, the (ahem* douchey*) finance ones, the investigative journalism ones, etc. There are so many great pods out there right now focusing on climate, which is super exciting! And I’ve become an obsessive listener of a handful of them. But yeah - this is one is easily my favorite. David is so smart, so on point, and has such an important and comprehensive perspective on the climate crisis, and always manages to instill hope even in the midst his most biting commentary. Thank you for this valuable and super enjoyable work!

rxsurfer ,

Thanks!

Thanks. After banging my head against the wall of ignorance for 40 years I appreciate the Volts podcast. It’s nice to learn more about climate change solutions in deep and delightful way. $ to follow soon.

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