Friday Linkage 3/30/2012

It’s almost April, so the spring weather we have had for the past couple of weeks is about to take up permanent residence rather than threatening to turn into the March houseguest from hell by delivering a nice late winter storm.  Whew!  Nothing blows a person right back into a winter funk like waking up on a March morning to a foot of wet snow on the driveway.

Soon, the nurseries will be stocked with trees and I can get to work on my master plan for the yard this season.  Lots of shrubs, trees, and perennials will be going into the ground in my never ending quest to eliminate most of my lawn and, thus, eliminate my need to mow.  It’s really all a plot to relieve me of tedium.

On to the links…

6 Things You Should Know About the Value of Renewable Energy—This article really breaks down the key ideas that proponents of clean, renewable energy need to have in their quiver when debating anyone about the merits of renewables.  It’s pretty simple.

Fox News Explains Why President’s Cannot Control Gas Prices—Well, it was from 2008, which means that Fox News pin-up boys George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were in the White House.  Naturally, Barack Obama is to blame now.  He’s also to blame for anything else you can think of when you are on Fox News.

Debunking the Prius Rebound Effect—So, renewable energy is cost effective and president’s cannot control gas prices.  What is next?  The Prius Rebound…that fallacy where a person who gets higher mileage in a car ends up driving more because the marginal cost per mile is lower.  It’s bunk.  Moving on…

Can Pond Scum Save You from $5 Gas—If the president cannot save me from $5 gas, maybe pond scum can.  Okay, maybe not right now.  Then again, if someone offered a direct replacement for gasoline derived from a renewable source at $5 a gallon I would buy that product.  Think about it for a moment.  If algae has this kind of potential, which a lot of very good scientists believe it does, why are we not rushing this technology forward to scale?

Texas Drought is on a Scale No One Alive has Ever Seen—Maybe now that man-made climate change is affecting the favorite state of conservative climate deniers and big oil people will sit up and notice the bad stuff.  More likely is that the air conditioning will get turned up a notch in the Escalade on the way to Sunday service.  Denial is the currency of the ignorant.

One Wind Turbine Produces Enough Electricity for 6,000 People—The statistics on the wind turbines being used in European offshore wind projects are amazing.  The latest project off the cost of Belgium is using turbines rated at 6.15 megawatts or the equivalent of 6,000 people’s electricity usage.  Vestas is developing a 7 megawatt turbine.  Too bad the U.S. cannot get off its ass and start construction on offshore projects like Cape Wind.

Denmark Aims to Get 50% of its Power from Wind—Denmark has goals of 35% of power from renewables by 2020 and 100% by 2050.  The plan is comprehensive and includes that bugaboo of Republicans called efficiency.  Wouldn’t want to tell people they might have to use less unless it’s food stamps or Medicaid or Social Security or whatever Rush thinks is bad today.

The Aquatic Jane Goodall—An interesting profile on conservation biologist Rachel Graham who has worked tirelessly to preserve aquatic species like the whale shark.  Every time I hear about a whale shark I think of my four year old daughter, “It’s a funny name.  It’s not a whale or a shark.  It’s a fish!”  It’s so great having a budding marine biologist in the house.

Popcorn is a Suprerfood—I already liked popcorn because it was a whole grain snack.  Plus, it is minimally processed.  Just heat up some oil in the Whirly Pop and a few minutes later I am in snack heaven.  Now research suggests it is a superfood?  Put away the acai and goji berries.  I am reaching for another handful of perfectly popped superfood baby!

And just because one can never have too many links about Rick Santorum.


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