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Volts is a podcast about leaving fossil fuels behind. I've been reporting on and explaining clean-energy topics for almost 20 years, and I love talking to politicians, analysts, innovators, and activists about the latest progress in the world's most important fight. (Volts is entirely subscriber-supported. Sign up!)

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Volts David Roberts

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    • 4.8 • 375 Ratings

Volts is a podcast about leaving fossil fuels behind. I've been reporting on and explaining clean-energy topics for almost 20 years, and I love talking to politicians, analysts, innovators, and activists about the latest progress in the world's most important fight. (Volts is entirely subscriber-supported. Sign up!)

www.volts.wtf

    Fashion's climate impact and how to reduce it

    Fashion's climate impact and how to reduce it

    In this episode, I speak with Maxine Bédat, a former fashion startup CEO and founder of the nonprofit New Standards Institute. We talk about the source of the fashion industry's emissions, what can be done to reduce them, the need for regulation, and the right way to think about fast fashion.


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    • 58 min
    How much can urban land use policy do for the climate?

    How much can urban land use policy do for the climate?

    In this episode, I speak with Heather House, a manager in RMI’s carbon-free transportation program, and Rushad Nanavatty, the head of Third Derivative, an early-stage climate tech accelerator co-founded by RMI, to better understand the role of urban land use in the overall climate picture.


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    • 55 min
    How the EPA will spend $27 billion in carbon-reduction funds

    How the EPA will spend $27 billion in carbon-reduction funds

    The Inflation Reduction Act included a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, $27 billion to be disseminated primarily in vulnerable and under-resourced communities for clean energy and climate mitigation projects. In this episode, EPA’s Jahi Wise discusses how the program was designed, who the recipients are, and what the funding will accomplish.


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    • 58 min
    Now is the time for distributed energy

    Now is the time for distributed energy

    In this episode, Duncan Campbell of Scale Microgrid Solutions makes the case that distributed energy resources (DERs) — solar panels, EVs, home batteries, etc. — are, thanks to rising electricity demand and constraints on grid expansion, poised for a tsunami of deployment.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Biden sets out to supercharge industrial decarbonization

    Biden sets out to supercharge industrial decarbonization

    This week, the Biden administration announced billions of dollars in grants for industrial emissions-reduction projects. In this episode, Rebecca Dell of the ClimateWorks Foundation and Evan Gillespie of Industrious Labs describe the types of projects being funded and assess the potential impact of this significant investment in a sector notoriously difficult to decarbonize.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    What's the deal with these methane satellites?

    What's the deal with these methane satellites?

    In this episode, I discuss the newly launched MethaneSAT — a satellite that can detect methane emissions on the ground — with Mark Brownstein of the Environmental Defense Fund. We cover how it came to be, its technical capacities, and the ways satellite detection might serve global efforts to reduce emissions.


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
375 Ratings

375 Ratings

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Best Podcast Ever

Volts is absolutely essential listening for me. Volts provides me with a connection to reality and hope for the future. I have become a Volts evangelist, basically everyone I meet gets the “have you heard of the Volts podcast?” speech.

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The best energy podcast there is.

I have learned so much about energy production and transmission from this podcast.
Left or Right, you should listen.
Investors should listen.

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My favorite podcast

All the right questions to people who are actually making progress saving the climate and shifting to cool green tech.

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