156. Energy, Infrastructure, Fracking and the Future of Journalism | Russell Gold
Russell Gold (@russellgold) is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal best known for covering the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. They were awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and were finalists for the Pulitzer.
He’s the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World and his new book, Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform Energy tells the story of Michael Skelly, who helped created the wind energy industry in the US in a push for sustainability.
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In today’s episode we discuss:
- How to speed the transition to renewable energy
- The pros and cons of fracking and why it has a bad rap
- Why the energy industry is so fragmented in the US
- What we need MOST to see renewables replace the grid
- How batteries are holding back cleantech
- The pros and cons of monopolies in public infrastructure
- Why Silicon Valley doesn’t invest much in energy
- How one innovator can change the course of history and energy consumption
- What we NEED to do to combat climate change
- Why Andy thinks going public is the way to go
- Thoughts on Elon, Tesla and the future of transportation
- What will journalism look like in ten years
- Are billionaire-owned media corporations a net positive
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