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Justin Gerdes

@JustinGerdes

Managing editor Justin Gerdes is an energy journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a former contributing writer for Greentech Media and author of Quitting Carbon: How Denmark Is Leading the Clean Energy Transition and Winning the Race to the Low-Carbon Future. Contact Justin at: justin.gerdes [at] energymonitor.ai

Newsom shows Sunak the high road on climate action

Political leaders owe their citizens the truth about the costs and the challenges of the energy transition on a warming planet. Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak failed – and California Governor Gavin Newsom passed – that test.

Clueless voters risk returning Donald Trump to the White House

Any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C rests on Joe Biden being elected to a second term. Voters need an accurate accounting of Biden’s climate record ahead of the November 2024 election.

Electric planes will revolutionise regional travel

Commercial aviation is concentrated at congested hubs. Electrification will unlock the potential of small airports, decarbonise regional transportation and transform rural airports into renewable energy hubs.

It’s time for California to decide the future of its floating offshore wind industry

California has set the nation’s most ambitious offshore wind goal but big decisions loom, especially over procurement and transmission – and the industry wants certainty.

Selling the Inflation Reduction Act is Joe Biden’s next test

Two-thirds of US voters have heard of President Biden’s landmark climate law, but few think it will succeed. The White House will have to sell it to them.

Energy Monitor’s favourite stories of 2022

Our writers are your guides to the global energy transition. To mark this year’s signposts on the path to net zero, Energy Monitor asked its reporters to select their favourite stories of 2022.

Inflation Reduction Act is giving investors the confidence to bet on the clean energy transition

The Inflation Reduction Act gives the US clean energy industry something it has always lacked: long-term certainty. Companies and investors are responding with billion-dollar expansion plans.

Energy companies are failing to prioritise cybersecurity

The energy industry’s ‘attack surface’ expands daily as equipment is connected to the cloud. Experts say energy companies are not doing enough to protect their digital networks from malefactors.

Supreme Court’s shackling of EPA increases pressure on Democrats to pass major climate legislation

The Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA signals that the conservative majority is ready to significantly curtail federal regulatory agencies. Congressional Democrats must pass meaningful climate legislation before it is too late.

Here is Joe Biden’s plan to build a 21st-century power grid

The November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law gave President Joe Biden new authority and funding to expand the US power grid. Energy Monitor spoke with the Department of Energy’s Michelle Manary about turning plans into reality.