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An electric bus in Denver. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The latest episode of the Experts Only podcast from CleanCapital is an interesting chat with Nancy Pfund, a veteran investor in clean energy companies.

The big picture: The interview ranges from her background in the industry to opportunities for applying advanced grid technologies in Africa.

At one point, Pfund, a founder of DBL Partners, muses about the intersection of clean energy startups and U.S. policy:

  • "Most entrepreneurs, especially 10 years ago, weren’t really interested in policy. In fact, many of them don’t like it. They are entrepreneurs for a reason — to be unfettered, and go after that marketplace opportunity."
  • "However, what I have seen and been encouraged by is that the smart entrepreneurs, as soon as they realize that, oh, there is a public utility commission or there is the investment tax credit that gets voted on in Washington, they are quick learners."
  • "Even though many of them still don’t like it, the best of them embraced it, or hired people that would embrace it, and so it has been an education for many, and for all of us really. We had no idea how politicized this field would become."

Another good listen is this new interview with Ryan Popple, the CEO of the major electric bus manufacturer Proterra, who was previously with the heavyweight VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

  • He appears on Watt It Takes, a podcast that's a collaboration between Greentech Media and Powerhouse, a co-working space and seed fund in California.
  • Why it matters: The growing use of electric passenger buses by local governments offers a way to cut transportation sector emissions of carbon dioxide and traditional pollutants.

At one point in the wide-ranging chat, Popple discusses the prospects for the electrification of other heavy-duty vehicle sectors and how his company could play a role:

  • "I also want to see Proterra helping the rest of the heavy-duty vehicle sector get off of diesel faster. I don’t necessarily want Proterra to take on too much too fast, but there is stuff that we have figured out in buses that applies almost drag-and-drop into other big, heavy vehicles that start and stop all the time."
  • "I hope that five years from now, in whatever way we can, whether it is hardware of software, we are also supporting the beginnings of a really vibrant school bus market, for example."

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Trump set to appear at Pennsylvania GOP hearing on voter fraud claims

President Trumpat the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump is due to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday at a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing to discuss alleged election irregularities.

Why it matters: This would be his first trip outside of the DMV since Election Day and comes shortly after GSA ascertained the results, formally signing off on a transition to President-elect Biden.

Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
9 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.