If you ever needed any more evidence that the “blue collar billionaire” Donald Trump does not have the capacity for empathy bare witness:
This is also the same country where the state legislature in a state where a mass shooting had just taken place declared pornography to be a greater threat to public health than guns. Do not tell me that it is because guns are protected under the 2nd Amendment because pornography is protected under the 1st Amendment.
On to the links…
Trump’s Cabinet has been Rocked by a Number of Ethics Scandals — here’s a complete guide—When the accounting is done in a little less than three years—my god, is it really that far away—the administration of Donald J. Trump will be regarded as an epic orgy of corruption and debasing of American values the likes of which has not been seen since Warren G. Harding.
At the Department of the Interior, Industry Lobbyists and Revolving-Door Operatives Shape Sage Grouse Policy—Ryan Zinke literally believes that by selling out America’s public lands to oil and gas interests that he can ride that corruption into the White House. Don’t believe me? Check it out.
Dirtier than VW Dieselgate: EPA Expands Loophole for Rebuilt—If there is a loophole these people are going to crack it wide open and let the soot fly. Dirty Donnie and his merry band of oil soaked cronies are the absolute worst.
It’s Been One Year of Amazing Scott Pruitt Accomplishments, All of Them Horrible—Scott Pruitt is your environmental nightmare. It is like central casting sent out a request for the worst person to be the head of an environmental agency and got Scott Pruitt in return.
Trump Can’t Kill Renewable Energy—Trump and his corrupt band of miscreants will try, but they will fail because their beloved market will speak.
100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide Is A New Cost-Effective Reality—As more countries get an increasingly larger share of electricity from renewable sources we are forced to reevaluate what is possible in terms of both technical feasibility and cost effectiveness when it comes to renewable energy penetration. That is a good thing because the figures get better all the time.
World’s First Floating Wind Farm Performing Better than Anticipated—Large scale floating wind farms are fairly new technology, so a lot of the predictions about actual performance are based on modeling and assumptions without good real world data. Now that facilities are coming on line there is a growing data stream that shows good performance, ahead of some estimates, that will give us a better idea about the potential of this renewable energy source.
CSU gets ‘Overwhelming’ Response to Request for Renewable Energy Projects—Every time someone puts forth a call for proposals for renewable energy the response is huge. Or is it yuge? Either way, industry is really coming up to bat to deploy a lot of renewables.
Reedy Creek Improvement District Signs New Easement Deal for 50MW Solar Farm—We can all make fun of Walt Disney World for being the apogee of so many things wrong with America—excess in all its forms, artifice to the extreme—but at least the people behind the parks have not totally lost their sense of whimsy even when it comes to solar power. I just love this existing solar farm:
This Company may have Solved one of the Hardest Problems in Clean Energy—The hydrogen economy has always been the future that the fossil fuel interests tout as the bridge to the future. Why? Because it is not likely to happen, so they can look like they are making progress without actually doing anything substantive. However, someone may have figured out how to do things economically.
Vast Bioenergy Plantations Could Stave Off Climate Change—and Radically Reshape the Planet—I fear that this is the future. I can see a future where genetic engineering and bioenergy demand combine to radically alter what we consider the natural world. Imagine gene edited poplar trees that grow at exceedingly rapid rates and seas of switchgrass replacing corn or soybeans.
Plastic Bans Worldwide will Dent Oil Demand Growth—It is not a lot of demand, but every little bit counts on the path to a fossil fuel free future. Remember, oil refiners actually make a lot of their profits from the sale of non-transportation fuel by-products during the refining process. Plastic feedstocks are a big part of this equation.
2022 Winter Olympics To Be Held On Mountains Where It Doesn’t Snow—Maybe it is time to be done with the Olympics? The parent organization is only saved from being the most corrupt on the planet because FIFA exists, the most recent bidding has been marred by a lot of countries simply dropping out, and now we are going to hold a Winter Olympics on mountains where it does not snow because Beijing was the last city standing.