We talk with Joseph Torigian, Assistant Professor of International Service, American University School of International Service about the relationship between China and Russia, in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. China has most recently been friendly to Russia, but there is an economic and reputational cost to China for an alliance with Russia. It may be that China is surprised at how Russia has behaved, and certainly, at how the war is proceeding. Russia has asked China for economic and military assistance. In addition, China is dealing with a resurgent Covid outbreak, and very few Chinese are vaccinated. This will affect not only China’s economic outlook, but will also cause even greater disruption in the supply chain worldwide.
Our guest, Barry Woods, who is based out of Portland, Maine, United States and works at Revision Energy as Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation. Barry is a director on the board with Plug In America, the only independent US-based non-profit who is the voice of EV drivers.
We discuss the state of EV development, progress in battery development. Every new battery factory is a step forward. Joe Manchin is criticizing EV’s, apparently as a way of protecting carbon-based industries, especially coal. We note that $20 Billion annually is spent on oil and gas exploration by the US. In addition, fossil fuel industry is subsidized at about $80 Billion annually. We look forward to new supercharging networks, and the democratization of energy generation.