We’re currently seeing a drive towards the growth of the renewable energy (RE) sector. We’re seeing a new iteration of corporate liberalism which allows the state to expand markets, in this case for renewable energy, but at a cost related to justice and health of communities in or near areas extracting materials for the RE sector. The most recent example of this is the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA created incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles, renewable energy and more and it provides $27 billion in funding for accelerating clean energy technologies.
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So the question as we’re seeing the growth, and government funded growth, of renewable energy, is how clean is it really?
In our latest episode, we speak with Raquel Dominguez (@dominguez_raque) with Earthworks (@Earthworks) about clean energy and a circular economy, the impacts of mining for the RE sector and reactions from state and non-state actors to this issue.