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India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

India is shifting to renewables. More than half the country’s energy comes from burning coal, but that’s slowly changing. Exclusively for Quartz members, our new field guide explores how India might shed its coal habit, and offer valuable insights to countries facing similar disruptive climate, economic, and technological issues. ✦

The world can learn from India trying to deal with its coal addiction

Akshat Rathi's deep dives into energy are some of my favorite stories on qz.com. Check out his State of Play covering India's coal usage, and the unique challenges it faces as it tries to switch to renewables.

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal transport, etc.)

One crucial statistic is that an average resident here uses up only 1/10th of the electricity consumed by an average American (India has among the lowest per capita emissions). The Indian government justifies coal as a necessity to improve energy access to millions of poor citizens—but they are also the worst-hit due to pollution and land rights disputes that come with coal mining and coal-fired stations.

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Opioid settlement

Four major players in the US opioid crisis reached a tentative deal in Ohio. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the $260 million settlement would provide much-needed funds for addiction recovery programs.

Four major players in the US opioid crisis reached a tentative deal in Ohio

Who is responsible for the opioid epidemic? Is it the manufacturers who made opioids and marketed them as less addictive and more effective than they actually were? The distributors who flooded entire communities with pills, in some cases knowingly circumventing federal safeguards? The pharmacists and

Who is responsible for the opioid epidemic? Is it the manufacturers who made opioids and marketed them as less addictive and more effective than they actually were? The distributors who flooded entire communities with pills, in some cases knowingly circumventing federal safeguards? The pharmacists and doctors who handed out unnecessary prescriptions while taking money from Big Pharma? The federal government and the FDA, which didn't exercise its oversight and enforcement duties?

I don't have the answer to that question, but a bellwether trial starting today in a district court in Cleveland was supposed to provide a roadmap to an answer — instead, four out of five defendants settled.

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Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agenda

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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Collins: New justice should not favor overturning Roe v. Wade

Collins: New justice should not favor overturning Roe v. Wade

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  • I think it’s crazy to think of Kennedy as a moderate, he stuck down parts of the voting rights act, gave us the post Citizen’s United ruling, gave us right to work at the national level dealing a death blow to unions, and helped hand the presidency to Bush. He might have carved out a few rights for people

    I think it’s crazy to think of Kennedy as a moderate, he stuck down parts of the voting rights act, gave us the post Citizen’s United ruling, gave us right to work at the national level dealing a death blow to unions, and helped hand the presidency to Bush. He might have carved out a few rights for people but he was consistently conservative. Liberals can’t rely on conservatives to protect rights or advance human rights we need to organize and vote and help get the right people in.

  • Kennedy was most balanced of the judges. He was a judge who focused more on the Constitution and interpreting it rightly. A judge like him would be hard to come by, even more so now that one party has a majority and doesn't need to negotiate. I find it interesting though that although the rumors of his

    Kennedy was most balanced of the judges. He was a judge who focused more on the Constitution and interpreting it rightly. A judge like him would be hard to come by, even more so now that one party has a majority and doesn't need to negotiate. I find it interesting though that although the rumors of his retirement was flowing round the legal community, he chose to retire now.

  • President Trump has said he will not get specific on issues when interviewing SCOTUS candidates and I think the Senate shouldn’t either during confirmation hearings. During his confirmation hearings Judge Gorsuch said, "For a judge to start tipping his or her hand about whether they like or dislike this

    President Trump has said he will not get specific on issues when interviewing SCOTUS candidates and I think the Senate shouldn’t either during confirmation hearings. During his confirmation hearings Judge Gorsuch said, "For a judge to start tipping his or her hand about whether they like or dislike this or that precedent would send the wrong signal. It would send the signal to the American people that the judge's personal views has something to do with the judge's job."

    Everyone is so uptight about specific issues when they should be focused on credentials, qualifications, and commitment to the constitution.

  • Listening to a podcast this morning about Kennedy resigning weighed heavy on me all day. The entire problem could be helped and what the Senators from this state (Maine) and Alaska need to do to help this cause as well as the people living in red states. Taking action and speaking out making sure everyone

    Listening to a podcast this morning about Kennedy resigning weighed heavy on me all day. The entire problem could be helped and what the Senators from this state (Maine) and Alaska need to do to help this cause as well as the people living in red states. Taking action and speaking out making sure everyone on the planet knows we do NOT support repealing Roe Vs Wade nor would we ever stand for criminalizing abortion. Now is another important time for us to stand up together, and i’m sure we will for the next 3 years.

  • Collins needs to go back to college. Roe vs. Wade is not a Constitutional right, it is a SCOTUS decision. She really needs to be intellectually honest when she speaks in public. As a man, I have no skin in the abortion game. My wife I both desire children, what others do is their business

    Collins needs to go back to college. Roe vs. Wade is not a Constitutional right, it is a SCOTUS decision. She really needs to be intellectually honest when she speaks in public. As a man, I have no skin in the abortion game. My wife I both desire children, what others do is their business.