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RMI Outlet

Transportation

Keep on Truckin’—50 Years of Efficiency Advancements

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—and as the COVID-19 pandemic makes the world acutely aware of trucking’s critical role in getting us everything we need and want—we want to share some of the amazing progress the trucking industry has made to be more efficient in hauling the world’s goods.

Trucking and Utilities: Working Together to Advance Electrification

When I was in high school, I participated in a student exchange homestay program in France. I spent a month living with my French host brother, attending school with him and participating in extracurriculars together, all while practicing new language skills. I was 16 years old at the time, so…

Frameworks for Stimulus

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the world, countries are witnessing an unprecedented shock to their economic, healthcare, and industrial systems—and a global recession is likely already underway. Not only do we need decisive fiscal action to avoid a deep and potentially long-lasting economic downturn, but…

Coronavirus and the Fragility of Auto-Centric Cities

The coronavirus has exposed the ills of continued automobile-centric urban planning practices that adversely impact equity, health, and the climate. Those of us who are working from home, own an automobile, and can conveniently make grocery runs may overlook the fact that many in this country are not so lucky.

After the Pandemic, Use EVs to Absorb Spare Utility Capacity

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, demand for electricity had already been flat or declining on most utility grids in the United States for a decade. But with 297 million people—90 percent of the US population—now under “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders, the load on utility systems…