Ron Steenblik and Doug Koplow join the Cosmopolicast to explain the opaque, perverse, and often counterproductive nature of energy subsidies. Plus: A question for our readers.
I find this podcast overly academic. I couldn't listen to it in its entirety. Note that most of the below comments did not address the topic. My mind wandered. I think the basic idea was that subsidy seeking industry or non-profits quantify the amount it receives, yes? Better to have a transcript for fast readers.
I like both, even if I don't read the entire long version in depth. I save them all, so that in the unlikely event that I have copious free time I can reread them.
I tend to prefer transcripts. First because I think I can read them more quickly than the time the podcast takes, and second because if something catches my eye while I'm reading I can go over it again easily rather than having to click on the controls.
Honestly, I don’t care. I’m going to read the long one, even if I get behind elsewhere, because y’all are the best source for world news. My only gripe is, either put all the interviews on YouTube or on the RSS feed. I hate having to sit down and listen to the entire thing in one go. YouTube and podcast apps will hold your place if you close out; the SubStack window will just start over from the beginning if you close it. We have a six month old. There aren’t many hour-long periods that I can listen to an entire interview in one sitting. I enjoyed the Zeihan interview via YouTube, so I’m happy in either format except through the web browser. Sorry for the constant ranting about this issue, but I want y’all to be the best world affairs news source out there, not some amateurish dilettante like Dominic Cummings!
I still have the 31 July CG "News from Odessa" in my inbox, intending to listen to it. The CG as currently fashioned has a long shelf life.
Am I missing something. Please inform and correct me if I am, but all of the research and information that I have read of late is that the renewable industry, including EVs, is anything but carbon neutral. The heavy mining involved in finding rare earth elements to create the needed batteries for storage creates more carbon emissions than any later benefit an EV might provide.
Also, Cosmopolitan Globalist readers(at least this one) are indeed interested, and care, about the destruction of the worlds fisheries. Any measures taken to police, enforce, and eliminate unlawful harvests are supported by this subscriber.
I've already voted, but just want to reiterate: please, please, please don't abandon the long version. The depth & breadth are what make CG so compelling. Yep, we've all got too many emails to read, but the answer to that problem isn't to turn today's best global politics journalism into a bunch of Twitter threads.