Funding US batteries, and Elon Musk’s Twitter deal is nearing completion


The US is on a local weather tech spending spree. Over the previous yr, federal motion has put aside tons of of billions of {dollars} for vitality and local weather. Now, we’re beginning to see a few of that cash really get handed out.

The Division of Power introduced about $2.8 billion in grants to firms working to make battery supplies and parts within the US final week, becoming a member of what looks like an infinite stream of bulletins from firms constructing EV and battery manufacturing within the US over the previous a number of months.

However whereas that is an thrilling first step to getting extra batteries constructed within the US, these deliberate services are in a deceptively small a part of the battery provide chain—and danger stealing focus from different essential, early levels of the availability chain too. Learn the total story.

—Casey Crownhart

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The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you at the moment’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Elon Musk is edging nearer in direction of shopping for Twitter
If the deal closes on Friday, he’ll turn out to be extra highly effective than ever. (NYT $)
+ In his idiosyncratic style, Musk arrived at Twitter HQ with a sink. (WP $)
+ He seems to have modified his thoughts about reducing jobs. (Bloomberg $)
+ Right here’s how the deal has unfolded over the previous 10 months. (Insider $)

2 Meta is a multitude proper now
Fb’s not trying wholesome, and it’s nonetheless ready for the metaverse to catch on. (NY Magazine $)
+ Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse gamble will maintain shedding cash. (Bloomberg $)
+ He doesn’t appear to thoughts that an excessive amount of, nevertheless. (Insider $)
+ Meta’s market worth has plunged by greater than $65 billion. (The Guardian)

3 Our urge for food for fossil fuels is predicted to peak by 2035
The struggle in Ukraine has accelerated the change to cleaner vitality. (New Scientist $)
+ The US company accountable for creating fossil fuels has a radical new job. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

4 Recycling EV batteries is undoubtedly difficult
Devoted gigafactories could possibly be our greatest guess. (Economist $)

5 China’s entrepreneurs are going through powerful selections
They’ll keep in an more and more hostile China, or danger it abroad. (WSJ $)
+ A professional-China group is clumsily making an attempt to unfold US election disinfo. (Wired $)
+ How the false rumor of a Chinese language coup went viral. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

6 Puerto Rico’s energy grid by no means absolutely recovered from Hurricane Maria
Residents are nonetheless affected by energy outages 5 years later. (The Verge)
+ How Google alerted individuals to an earthquake earlier than it occurred. (Wired $)
+ Predicting—and making ready for—the worst. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

7 A mysterious particle appeared following an area explosion
Specialists hope it might show the existence of darkish matter. (Quanta Journal)