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We’re bringing you a special crossover episode this week from Catalyst’s sister podcast, The Carbon Copy. I host the show and we did an episode recently about this urgent climate tech problem: America’s shortage of electricians. 

To decarbonize the economy, we need to electrify everything. That means installing millions of heat pumps, EV chargers, electric water heaters and rooftop solar panels. 

But there’s one big problem: finding enough electricians to make it happen. Electricians across the country are flooded with work — and just as demand is skyrocketing, many in the field are nearing retirement age. 

This week, in a special collaboration with Grist, reporter Emily Pontecorvo discusses where to find all the electricians we need to electrify everything and how we can train enough new entrants to the field to meet our climate goals. Read Emily’s feature article.

Transcript available here.

Recommended Resources:

  • Canary: We need a lot more electricians if we’re going to electrify everything
  • Canary: How to get contractors on board with heat pumps and electrification
  • Canary: US climate law to spur thousands of new jobs in every state

Catalyst is a co-production of Post Script Media and Canary Media.

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