WATCH China / Competition / Power Episode One: China’s Hybrid Economic Model
The Fuse
by Jason Islas
1M ago
In only half a century, Beijing has become the second largest economy in the world, integrating into the global economy largely on its own terms and under conditions that enabled the People’s Republic of China to dominate key industries, from telecommunications to critical minerals manufacturing and refining to aluminum smelting. The world is finally waking up to the reality that the Chinese Communist Party has created a unique economic system that prioritizes power over profit, and that for the past decades, the West has fallen behind because Beijing has been playing by its own rules. Watch t ..read more
Visit website
Critical Minerals Emerge as Key Area for Collaboration in U.S.-Japan-Philippines Summit
The Fuse
by Jason Islas
3M ago
By: Abigail Hunter, Zoe Oysul, and Jocelyn Trainer Critical minerals emerged as a key area for collaboration during the U.S.-Japan-Philippines summit, at a time when the United States seeks to strengthen diplomatic, military, and economic relationships in the Indo-Pacific to counter Chinese aggression in the region and dominance over the critical minerals supply chain. The complementary strengths of each country—the Philippine nickel reserves, Japanese processing capability and midstream industry, and American nickel demand for EV manufacturing and project financing—create a valuable opp ..read more
Visit website
A Pony with Multiple Tricks: Why Transmission is America’s Energy Security Secret Advantage
The Fuse
by Jason Islas
10M ago
By: Davis Strobridge, Senior Regulatory Analyst, ITC Holdings Corp. In an increasingly interconnected world, national security extends beyond traditional defense capabilities. Energy security, often discussed in the context of geopolitical tensions and supply disruptions, has, and will continue to be, one of the central national security issues facing the United States for the next decade and beyond. Historically, our nation’s energy policy playbook has been defined by a plodding posture and dependence on unpredictable foreign countries for imports (i.e., oil). More recently, the cyber and phy ..read more
Visit website
Watch: Untangling the U.S. Government’s Many Critical Minerals and Materials Lists
The Fuse
by Jason Islas
10M ago
U.S. policymakers depend on several lists of critical minerals and materials to simplify the complex question of supply chain dependencies and help guide decisions that strengthen the United States’ national security, economic, energy, and other strategic goals.  The minerals and materials on these lists are vitally important given how essential they are for many of society’s most important technological innovations: from semiconductors to solar panels and from smart phones to smart bombs.   Given China’s increasing dominance of critical supply chains, these lists—and the proces ..read more
Visit website
One Year Later, The IRA Is Working
The Fuse
by Kaitlyn Meuser
1y ago
The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden on August 16, 2022, was the most significant signal of support for the transition to electric vehicles by the federal government. It serves as a critical part of the effort to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal that 50 percent of all new vehicles sold in 2030 are electric—an essential step toward reducing the United States’ dependence on oil. It also lays the foundation for building secure supply chains for electric vehicles, from the nations where critical minerals are mined and processed to those where parts are manufacture ..read more
Visit website
Deep-Sea Mining: State of Play
The Fuse
by Noah Barnes
1y ago
By Sophie Coste Lying on the abyssal plains of oceans at depths of 3,500-6,000 meters, polymetallic nodules contain essential minerals used in the electric vehicle batteries fueling the energy transition. Enriched in manganese, nickel, copper, and cobalt, nodule fields of interest have been identified in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), Penrhyn Basin, and Peru Basin of the Pacific Ocean as well as in the north Indian Ocean. Reserves of certain critical minerals found in the CCZ alone have been estimated to surpass global terrestrial reserves. As countries seek to diversify their critical min ..read more
Visit website
Why Aluminum Matters to the Green Transition
The Fuse
by Thayer Scott
1y ago
By Joe Quinn Aluminum is one of the foundational industrial materials of modern society, integral to everything from passenger airplanes to kitchen appliances.  Recent U.S. legislative incentives – lead by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – to produce more solar panels, EVs, electrical charging infrastructure, and other clean energy transition products will increase the demand for primary aluminum (as distinguished from recycled aluminum) only further.  However, as a recent SAFE report shows, the series of bills do not address the main obstacle to producing primary aluminum wit ..read more
Visit website
Illinois Can Help Lead the Transportation Revolution
The Fuse
by Noah Barnes
1y ago
By Gen. Duncan J. McNabb A transportation revolution is underway around the globe. The most significant shift in how people move from point A to point B since the transition from horse and buggy to Model T is beginning in earnest, bringing significant opportunities for Illinois and the Midwest. SAFE’s mission is “accelerating the real-world deployment of secure, resilient, and sustainable transportation and energy solutions to the United States and its partners and allies.” We are collectively attacking this on every front to augment our abundant natural resources with advancing transformation ..read more
Visit website
Data Holds the Key to a Lower Cost Energy Transition Across the Freight Sector
The Fuse
by Kaitlyn Meuser
1y ago
By Rachel Aland One of the most transformative roles freight data can play is to accelerate the sector’s energy transition. By bringing digital technologies to scale and leveraging digitalization, we can bridge the efficiency gaps in supply chains and optimize freight movement while achieving broader sustainability goals. To transition the transportation sector to clean energy, the U.S. and EU are investing record levels of resources—through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S. and the European Green Deal and the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructu ..read more
Visit website
Germany’s Nationwide Transit Pass is a Model for Expanding Travel Freedom Throughout Europe
The Fuse
by Kaitlyn Meuser
1y ago
By Jason Islas Germany is betting that making access to transit convenient and affordable will make it a more attractive mobility option and encourage people to shed their cars for most trips. And in doing so, is showing the way for the rest of Europe to transform their transit systems. The country’s latest move—a monthly pass for €49 ($54) that gives holders unlimited travel on local and regional trains as well as all city buses, subways, and trams in every municipality across the country with a single digital ticket—will help Germany meet the region’s ambitious climate goals while reducing i ..read more
Visit website

Follow The Fuse on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR