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I mean, the real question is when is the 2020 mixtape coming out? I feel like that was a critical component of Grist-era David Roberts and I'm hoping it makes a comeback!

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Ha, sadly Ben, I'm too old and out-of-touch to pull that off any more.

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if you're hoping to bring back some of the old days blogging vibe here in the ol' substack, I think we could probably crowdsource a pretty good one in the comments. after all, we are Time's 2006 People of the Year.

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Well now you've got me thinking ...

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I didn't become a platinum/palladium sponsor to not get a goshdang mixtape.

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Perhaps you can subcontract that out to the boys?

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No way to exaggerate how vigorously that offer would be rejected.

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Just learned about this via Ezra Klein's piece in the NYT today. So excited to reconnect and join this community! Came back to the PNW two years ago (after 11 years in VT), and now leading the climate program/team at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (cargo shipping partnership between ports of Seattle and Tacoma). How to decarbonize one of the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors?! Looking forward to your help!

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Great to be here! I’ve learned a ton from you over the years. I’m in the environmental security space—so more of an international focus, day to day. But totally captivated by what’s happening stateside on the decarbonization front.

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That geothermal piece was my favorite in a long time. I really like this move and am excited to see what comes

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I hope you write about the intersection between climate and housing policy! The california legislature will probably take up some exciting bills in the coming months.

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It's a longtime interest of mine!

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Very excited for this newsletter! I work in transit, and would be incredibly interested to hear your thoughts on how transit (and its shift to clean energy) will factor into the future of clean energy in the United States.

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You sound vaccinated

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Hi David,

Long time reader, new subscriber. Enjoyed your Climb interview which prompted subscribing.

I wanted to say your attitude of finding joy in the face of an impossible battle reminds me of Seven Samurai (which i recently rewatched), particularly the Kikuchiyo or Heihachi characters. And can our situation be worse than theirs?

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Love, love, love this show and I listen all the time. I’m a civic activist in the DC suburbs with a spouse involved in energy sector and CCS. Question: why am I having trouble finding a button that says “donate”?

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Why is it so hard to find a button that says donate?

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Diana, it's on every Volts page, top center! FYI: https://www.volts.wtf/p/donate-to-volts

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In the late 70s there was a building trend in Minnesota for earth sheltered homes. A 1981 NYT article touting a “bright future” on this featured twelve row houses that were built in south central Minneapolis (latlong 44.9639, -93.2372). They were partly sheltered, but only on the north side (we know why). I got “hooked” on geothermal of all kinds - particularly technology or materials that could both heat a house in winter and cool it in the summer. Adobe is cool too. It’s great to read that the broader field of geothermal is continuing to pick up more attention.

Long ago Meteor Blades recommended your writing to me and I read many of your Vox articles. The one about storing energy in railroad cars filled with rocks is a big hit at parties! Unfortunately the Ares PR pages seem to have gone quiet in 2020.

I did not know about Volts until this week and It’s great to see the work continuing here. I have learned so much from your writing and I will be a frequent visitor. Thank you.

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I JUST SAW YA 😹🐕😻🤣😻🤪🌈🌌🪐😹 O PBS ITS VITAL TELL EVERYONE GOVTS CHURCHES COMPANYS PERSONS TAXDEDUCTABLE CHARITY NETWORKFORANIMALS.ORG & NOVAUKRAINE.ORG & KAGYU.ORG TIBET MONKS SAY MAKE GOOD KARMA EVERY SECOND YAY 😆 LOVE JOY HAPPINESSS YALL ALSO VITAL IS KNOW WE GOTTA GROW ZILLIONS LEAVES POSSIBLE MAKES JUNGLE ANIMALS FLOWERS 💐🤩🌹 OXYGEN YAY 🥳🎉 ALSO VITAL SCIENTISTS SAY THINK 🤔 OF ALL THE GAS MOWERS STUPID DUST YARD SIDEWALK BLOWERS MAKE POLUTION WHAT HELP A LOT IS IF EVEYONE WHEN POSSIBLE USE A REEL LAWNMOWER ITS LIKE LEAVE IT TO BEAVER USES YKNOW IT TURNS THE THING WITH NO MOTOR NO POLLUTION & ITS WAY SAFER A REEL LAWNMOWER DONT SHOOT OUT ROCKS LIKE THE 🚁 HELICOPTER TYPE ROTARY LAWNMOWER SO ITS WAY SAFER I KNOW GIRL LOST HER EYE 👁️ MANY PEOPLELoST FINGERS TOES WITH ROTARY LAWNMOWERS ITS GOOD KARMA TELL EVERYONE GOVTS CHURCHES COMPANYS PERSONS ALL THIS HAVE FUN 😊 THANXSZILLION MARVELOUSLY MAGNIFICENTLY SUPER BEAUTIFUL GLIORIOUSLY 🎠🦜🦏🐎 RINGO GOT A PET RHINO 🦏 KIETH MOON 🌝 GAVE HIM SHE LIKES RHINOS SEE RINGO & PAUL MCCARTNEY YOUNGLADDYSFROMLOVERPOOL YAY 😆😁 TARZAN JOHNNY WEISSMULLER LUVED HERE TITUSVILLE FLORIDA 🚀🪐🌟 1970S HAD LOTSA ANIMALS SEARCH = TROPICAL WONDERLAND ON FACEBOOK HE WAS GREATEST FUN EVER DID TARZAN YELL EVERYWHERE SUPER BEAUTIFUL GLIORIOUSLY TARZAN SAID WE ALL GOTTA ALLWAYS SAVE ALL JUNGLE OZ WE ALL CAME FROM JUNGLE ECOLOGY ANIMALS FLOWERS 💐🌹🥳🌟🦜🐦🦦🐿️🦅🐣🦩🦚🦋🐠🐅😁🤩🌹🥳 TARZAN PARTY WITH ALL. ASTRONAUTS EVERYBODY SUPEREST FUN EVER YAY 😆😁🤩💐🌹🥳🌟🦜🐦🦦😁 HE GET ON TOPHIS ROOF DOING TARZAN YELL EVERYWHERE WITH MAYOR EVERYBODY GREATEST FUN WE PET HIS 🐆 BLACK LEOPARD WIT SPOTS YA SEE IN THE SUN ALL MOSTHIS ZOO T

ARZA WAS LIKE ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI EVERY ANIMALS LIVE HIM LAST DAY TARZAN HERE HE SAY MANAGER WASNT TAKING CARE OF ANIMALS SO VE.RY GALLENTLY HE SAID 🌟🦜🐦🦦😁🐆🌟🦜= TARZAN SAY ALL ANIMALS NEED BE FREE LIKE HUMANS TARZAN FREE ALL ANIMALS!!!!!!! 🐦🦦😁🐆🌟🦜SO HE DID GREATEST TARZAN YELL JOLLY SUPER GROOVIESTJOLLIESTYAY OPENED ALL CAGES THEY HAPPY 🦦🐿️ JOLLYESLY YAY SUPER AAAAAAAH EEEEAAAAH AAAAEEEAAAAEEEEAAAAAAHHHH JUMP ALL OVER BIG CATS. STAY FOR

DINDIN & PETTING YAY 😆😁🤩💐 THANXAZILLION SUPER BEAUTIFUL GLIORIOUSLY YALL 🦜🌟🦜🦏🐎🐅🐠🦋🦚🦩🕊️🦄🐸🦎😊👍 GROOVIESTJOLLIESTYAY 😊🕊️🦎🐸🦄🐸😊🦎🐸🕊️

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Why has no serious research money not been spent on discovering the mechanisms between the concentration of GHGs (mainly CO2) and atmospheric warming? There are literally hundreds of factors that determine the accuracy of atmospheric temperature measurements but only GHGs get the press and the funding from governments and special interest groups. If you could answer this question to my satisfaction, I would likely subscribe.

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