Friday Linkage 9/14/2012

It finally feels like fall and after a hot, dry summer there is nothing like cool nights to make you comfortable.  A little rain this week has taken the hard edge off the landscape and temperatures are dropping into the forties.  Football is on the television, heavier beers are on tap, and the soup recipes are getting dusted off.  It’s fall, all right!

On to the links…

EIA Predicts 2.8% Increase in Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels in 2013—Just when it seemed like we were making progress, it turns out we were on a crash diet and now we are back to being fat.  Until the externalities of burning coal are included in the price of its power, there can be no seismic shift.

Claiming the Clean Energy Future—Here is a simple, seven point action plan to develop renewables and move the United States off its dependence on fossil fuels of all types.  Seven steps is nice because it is fewer than the twelve steps a lot of right wingers are used to dealing with.

Wind Power Alone Could Provide Enough Electricity for Humanity—Sure, it would take a monumental effort to deploy that much wind power and some advances would have to be made in storage but it could be done.  Just like it is possible to imagine a world where the Koch brothers—all three of them—just disappear to the creepy little town that the little known third brother is building in Colorado.  Nothing says infantile like building your own private West World.

Small Scale, Distributed Renewables Tiny But Fast Growing Slice of Electricity Generation—I remember a lot of discussion about small scale renewable projects following the massive blackouts in India.  Basically, countries without the traditional high voltage infrastructure could skip that step of development and go straight to generating electricity at the point of consumption.

Americans for Prosperity is a Hypocritical Organization—Nothing like condemning tax credits for wind power, but going to the mattresses for the tax credits of the most profitable industry on the face of the planet.  Clowns.

Germany Adds 543 Megawatts of Solar Capacity in July 2012—Every day seems to bring a story about some country adding a lot of solar capacity.  The sad part of this story is that this level is less than a third of what was done in the previous month.  Damn.

U.S. on Track to Install 3 Gigawatts of Solar PV in 2012—Some countries install this much in a quarter, but it is a step in the right direction for the U.S.

Talking Solar Securitization With Centrosolar—If the market for solar can be securitized, that is to say projects can be bundled and sold like mortgages, the amount of capital available to that market will explode.  Securities, unlike individual projects, are able to be traded easily whereas physical ownership of projects, especially smaller scale projects, is problematic to trade.

Five Things to Know About Solyndra as 2012 Campaign Heats Up—For those of us in Iowa, it seems like the campaign for President of the United States has been going on for almost a year…oh wait, it has because a lot of the crazies were here last summer.  Yes, Michele Bachmann, I am looking at you.  Well, Solyndra is coming back up because Republicans are too lazy to create new lies.  Rebut with joy.

Two New Reports Highlight Economic Impact of Wind Power—Every time you hear some right winger talk about how wind power tax credits are a waste of money, ask them about the economic impact of wind power in the U.S.  When you get the blank stare and standard talking points, hammer them with these reports.

Top 20 Commercial Users of Solar in the U.S.—Just an interesting list of the top 20 commercial users of solar electricity in the U.S.  Pretty simple.

Why Weatherization Assistance is So Important—Watch the hour long documentary so that you can intelligently discuss why this is such a great program.  The difference between current funding (~$68M) and higher funding ($210M) is less than a rounding error in the DoD’s budget and less than Mitt Romney probably has hiding in some tax shelter.

Why Doesn’t Your City Have Curbside Composting—Basically, Waste Management wants your money and no good intentions will get in its way.  If the city is running the garbage system they do not care, in general, if the waste is diverted from the traditional disposal regime because it is about reducing costs and impact.  Waste Management cares about hauling more garbage and charging more fees.

Their Food Scarce, Animals Come to Town to Dine—As the impacts of the drought worsen, including drought fueled forest fires that have consumed a lot of mountain food sources, the collision of animals and humans is going to worsen.  Plus, bears are just a crafty animal.

11 Great Posters from When We Used to Care About Wasting Food—Check them out.  I particularly like this one:

Food is ammunition.  Heck, Napoleon knew that an army ran on its stomach as much as any other item in its logistical train.


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