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President Biden’s Defense Production Act power grab
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President Biden’s Defense Production Act power grab

"But with the president authorized to act unilaterally, Congress has no incentive to work on the harder issues it will eventually have to confront if it is serious about the increased production the United States will need to lead on technological innovations."

The Road to Greener Concrete Is Paved With Clay
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The Road to Greener Concrete Is Paved With Clay

Bloomberg Green’s David Rocks and Vanessa Dezem report that “LC3” clay cement in Columbia is cutting the cement industry’s emissions.
- The cement industry accounts for about 7% of emissions globally.
- LC3 cement cuts emissions and cuts costs, a win-win for the environment and economy.
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“After four years of development, the revamped facility in Rioclaro went online this year, using clay that’s mined about 10 miles away and processed in a newly built kiln. Argos says the technology cuts energy consumption by 30% and reduces carbon output by almost half.”

Drop in pandemic carbon dioxide emissions previews world of electric vehicles
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Drop in pandemic carbon dioxide emissions previews world of electric vehicles

“When the San Francisco Bay Area mandated shelter-in-place March 16, it created a natural experiment for UC Berkeley's Ron Cohen, who had established an inexpensive pollution sensor network in local neighborhoods. The sensors showed carbon dioxide emissions plummeting 25 percent in the subsequent six weeks, mostly because of a 48 percent drop in traffic. Networks like this -- soon to be emplaced in Glasgow -- can track greenhouse gases and progress toward lowering them, including the impact of electric vehicles.”

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