Friday Linkage 1/16/2015

The amazing thing about cancelling my pay television subscription is how much time I freed up to do some things around the house without even noticing the change. Kill your television. You will be thankful.

On to the links…

The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus, 114th Congress Edition—The 114th Congress has been sworn in and here is how it looks from the perspective of which members are anti-science:

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72 Percent of Republican Senators Are Climate Deniers—The population of the U.S. as a whole may agree that climate change is real, but the people who elect Republicans obviously do not care.

Scientists Discover Two New Pollutants In Fracking Waste—We barely know what is in fracking waste, but every new discovery makes it sound worse and worse.

Cost Of Solar Already Less Than Grid Electricity In Largest US Cities—Grid parity has got to be a nightmare for coal producers, coal fired power plants, and other fossil fuel proponents.

Clean Tech Investment Surges Back in 2014—Globally, clean energy and technology investment has almost reached the high levels seen in 2011. It remains to be seen what low oil prices and global economic uncertainty do to future investment, but the trend is positive.

5 GW Wind-Solar Energy Park Planned In Gujarat, India—Here is why there is so much clean energy investment…every time you read another article it is about 100s of megawatts and even gigawatts being installed. I remember a time when kilowatts were what people were talking about in Homepower magazine.

SunEdison To Build $4 Billion Solar Manufacturing Plant in India—This is a plant that will have the capacity to annually produce up to 7.5 gigawatts of panels. Damn.

100 MW Of New Solar Power Plants Approved In Idaho—No one is going to confuse Idaho for a hippie paradise, but even the potato state is getting in on the solar bandwagon.

Ecolab to go All-Solar in Minnesota—Minnesota, a state not known for its solar resources, is really pushing forward in making solar a part of the energy future.

Florida Conservative Group Launches A Ballot Initiative To Increase Access To Solar Power—The only people who do not like solar power anymore are those with a vested and moneyed interest in seeing the status quo remain.

These Five States Took Anti-Solar Action in 2014—Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona took actions that will hurt widespread adoption of solar technology. The surprise to me was New Mexico and Arizona given that those states are blessed with a whole lot of solar potential.

Turning Waste into Energy in Oregon: City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant—Why isn’t every city with a decent size water treatment facility in line to install a system like this? It seems like there is a free energy resource just sitting under our noses.

A Caribbean Island Says Goodbye Diesel and Hello 100 Percent Renewable Electricity—I have heard that the reefs around Bonaire are amazing and now I have a second reason to visit.

Rooftop Solar In South Australia Met One Third Of State’s Daily Electricity Demand—Rooftop solar, not utility scale projects, met almost one third of South Australia’s electricity demand. That is amazing when you consider that this is a conglomeration of small scale systems tied into the grid.

Investment in Almonds is Worsening California’s Drought—The symbolic produce of California is the grape. We mythologize the grape as the source of Napa’s amazing wines and people salivate over pinot noirs. However, almonds are now almost as valuable in terms of money but the value comes at a high price. It takes almost a gallon of water to produce a single almond. California does not have that kind of water available.

Could ‘Salt Potatoes’ Create a Food Revolution?—A lot of soil has been damaged by accumulation of salts. Anything that could grow in these degraded soils and provide food could be a game changer for people living on the fringes.

Iceland Brewery makes Beer using Smoked Whale Testicles—Craft beer experimentation has officially jumped the shark…er, whale with this creation.

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