Al Gore is back in the climate spotlight with the release of An Inconvenient Sequel. On the podcast this week, we’ll revisit his role as the unofficial spokesman for climate action.

There’s still an active debate over how effective Gore has been in that role throughout the last decade.

Then, Energy Secretary Rick Perry didn’t give away any nuclear secrets in his 22-minute call with Russian phone pranksters. But that may be the least of our worries. We’ll talk about a blockbuster new piece from Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair about the disordered transition at the Department of Energy.

Finally, Britain makes some bold battery moves. We’ll glance at two new plans to boost distributed battery storage and ban gas-powered cars.

This podcast is sponsored by Mission Solar Energy, a solar module manufacturer based in San Antonio, Texas. Visit Mission Solar at the upcoming Solar Power International conference at Booth 3975. You can find out more about Mission’s American-made, high-power modules at

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