Stories by Ben Geman

Cory Booker takes a swing at Democrats over nuclear power

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks during a presidential forum hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Sen. Cory Booker. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Cory Booker took a dig at Democrats in an interview with HuffPost Thursday, saying his party's opposition to nuclear energy is just as a bad as Republicans who deny climate science.

Why it matters: As reporter Alexander Kaufman notes, the New Jersey senator's statement is one of the sharpest criticisms of anti-nuclear stances in the primary battle, and "grazes a particularly sensitive nerve in the climate policy debate."

Global renewable energy growth bounces back in 2019

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Growth of renewable power capacity resumed in 2019 after stalling last year, the International Energy Agency said in an estimate Friday.

The big picture: Last year was the first time since 2001 that growth was flat, but IEA estimates that capacity additions this year will grow almost 12% to nearly 200 gigawatts. However, despite the growth, it's not consistent with keeping warming in check. "Renewable capacity additions need to grow by more than 300 GW on average each year between 2018 and 2030 to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement," the agency said.

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Amazon's big bet on electric vehicle startup Rivian

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces the co-founding of The Climate Pledge
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces the co-founding of The Climate Pledge. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amazon

Part of Amazon's sweeping climate change plan is to deploy 10,000 electric delivery vans made by the startup Rivian as soon as 2022, and 100,000 by 2030 — and perhaps much faster.

Why it matters: It's a major sign that that deep-pocketed players see Rivian as well positioned among the electric vehicle startups to cross the bridge into substantial commercial production.