Electric Futures

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University of Southern California

Electric Futures


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Featured by the LA Times, La Opinión, and NPR! Electric Futures is a new podcast series from the University of Southern California exploring lesser-known stories of the energy transition, from the perspectives of the people most impacted by the changes that transition will bring. In Season 1, former USC Provost and current professor Charles Zukoski explores the tradeoffs California's Imperial Valley faces as the lithium extraction industry comes to town, weighing economic opportunity, environmental impact, and a worldwide hunger for lithium. More episodes coming soon.

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery Jan 29, 2024

"With the first season of Electric Futures, we have quite the living case study to wrap our heads around with California’s Imperial Valley...Electric Futures delivers a thorough examination of the societal, economic, and environmental nuances tied to the extraction of lithium. All the while, we’re encouraged to avoid repeating the mistakes we seem to always make and listen to the members of a community on the cusp of substantial change."

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