Author: Ben Paulos


Ben Paulos

Bentham Paulos is an energy consultant and writer based in California. His views are his own, and don’t necessarily represent those of any of his clients.

Global push for electric vehicles moves forward despite US chaos

The move toward electric vehicles is making steady progress worldwide, as companies and countries align behind aggressive growth targets. But a renewed battle between California and the Trump Administration on vehicle policies is throwing North American plans into turmoil. Ben Paulos takes an in-depth look.

A charging station for electric cars in Hillsboro, Oregon

While the Trump administration actively blocks EVs, other countries are investing (Photo by Visitor7, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Washington State leaves coal behind, but not its workers

Centralia, USA faced disaster when its local coal plant run by TransAlta closed. But after getting a permit to build a natural gas plant on the same site, the company has committed $55 million for community development. Ben Paulos explores at the transition away from coal in Washington State.

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How will Volkswagen’s Dieselgate settlement be spent?

German car maker Volkswagen, caught cheating on emissions tests in 2015 in the “Dieselgate” scandal, is rolling out plans to spend almost $15 billion in penalties and settlements. Some of the money goes back to customers, but about half will be used for infrastructure and pollution mitigation. Ben Paulos takes a look.

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