The U.S. electric grid is horrifyingly outdated. Here’s how to modernize it


To tackle the climate crisis, the grid needs to be transitioned to carbon-free wind and solar.

In the summer of 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to Congress that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels was dangerously warming the planet. Scientific meetings were held, voluminous reports were written, and national pledges were made, but because fossil fuels were comparatively cheap, little concrete action was taken to reduce carbon emissions.

By Charles F. Kutscher and Jeffrey Logan

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