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Robinson Meyer

writer @TheAtlantic, cofounder @Covid19Tracking, visiting fellow @UChiEnergy. covering climate, energy, COVID-19.

Washington, DC

Joined on 27 March, 2007

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Quoted @AbraarKaran

So there were more cases today than yesterday.

Let’s see what tomorrow holds but many places- including my own state of Massachusetts- seem to be opening quickly, despite much vaccination ahead of us.

Not to be a downer but this doesn’t seem like a good combination. #covid19

Replying to @kissane: We were worried about this as well and looked through all the data for the @COVID19Tracking weekly. I think we’re seeing a hol…

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We were worried about this as well and looked through all the data for the @COVID19Tracking weekly. I think we’re seeing a holiday effect from last week’s holiday Monday + storms.

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Replying to @NatBullard: [@climate] In 2012, half of new cars sold in the U.S. priced below $30k. In 2020, half priced above $40k. The cheap new car…

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Replying to @Phil_Mattingly: The U.S. Senate, 64-35, voted to confirm Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy

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The U.S. Senate, 64-35, voted to confirm Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy

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Replying to @afreedma: Well this is fascinating - Gov Abbott of Texas consulted with meteorologist and climate change doubter Joe Bastardi in days l…

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Well this is fascinating - Gov Abbott of Texas consulted with meteorologist and climate change doubter Joe Bastardi in days leading up to the cold snap/power crisis. *Bastardi was bullish on the cold, so this makes the Gov. look even worse.*

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Strengthening evidence that a crucial system of Atlantic Ocean currents—including the Gulf Stream and Florida Current—is slowing down due to climate change:

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Replying to @AdamSerwer: This is good, vaccines are good, get the vaccine when you can

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This is good, vaccines are good, get the vaccine when you can

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Replying to @elainejgodfrey: One thing experts are pretty confident about: This crisis is going to inspire a lot of Democrats to run in 2022.

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[@climate] In 2012, half of new cars sold in the U.S. priced below $30k. In 2020, half priced above $40k. The cheap new car is vanishing; and that's good for the electric vehicle market

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One thing experts are pretty confident about: This crisis is going to inspire a lot of Democrats to run in 2022.

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when you’re reading about the self-defeating structure of carter-era energy policy

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Quoted @hels

@NickCho Two wind turbines are chatting on a hilltop. One says to the other "So, do you like music?" and the second one goes "Well, I'm a big metal fan."

I am going to be stealing this joke for the rest of my life.

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Replying to @PeterBrannen1: Spent a few years researching this piece so I'm going to keep tweeting it out w/ different heds

HEARTBREAKING: These Pe…

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Spent a few years researching this piece so I'm going to keep tweeting it out w/ different heds

HEARTBREAKING: These People Are Injecting CO2 Into the Atmosphere At One of the Fastest Rates of the Phanerozoic Eon (You Won't Believe Paleoclimate Analog #4)

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As a measure of how slow the news cycle moves post-Trump: One of the top-of-the-hour NPR headlines just now was that, according to a new report, elderly people have learned to online shop over the past year.

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The permanent solution to peace, prosperity, and universal economic security can be found in economic-sociology and STS monographs that are way too boring to finish

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2. District judges, uncomfortable with their lack of expertise on this important technical issue, rarely intervene in cases.
3. SCOTUS, surveying lower-court precedent, cements this anti-interventionism as a prudent light-touch approach.
4. Wait 20 years, then return to #0.

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Quoted @ismurray

And another great point from @ProfWrightGMU at the @ceidotorg antitrust panel - why are conservatives suddenly wanting to take power away from Article III judges and give it to unelected bureaucrats when it comes to governing tech?

A rare glance at Step #1 of the Status Quo Shuffle:

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The Status Quo Shuffle:
0. Congress is unhappy with status quo of a difficult technical issue.
1. Lawmakers decide this technical issue is so important that only judges, and not unelected bureaucrats, are fit to govern it.

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Direct unsubsidized Stafford loans issued for this academic year carry a 2.75% rate. But the same type of loan issued in 2018-2019 carries a 5.05% rate; it carries a 6.80% rate if issued for 2012-2013. Why does the public benefit from so much volatility in education-debt rates?

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If Biden and Congress aren’t going to do student-debt forgiveness (don’t yell at me about whether they should, let’s just say they aren’t), what’s stopping Congress from refinancing student loans at today’s rates & standardizing on a sub-5% rate?

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I also wrote a little about ERCOT’s failure. A wholesale power market reflects a certain idea about how to ensure order & keep the lights on. So does a state-owned corporation, like the TVA. What institution would we be *excited* to trust like that today?

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