Friday Linkage 11/6/2015

What happened on Tuesday? In an off-off year election there are always bound to be some odd results, but Matt Bevin winning in Kentucky is just bizarre because he was such a bad candidate. Like Sharon Angle bad. Oh well, now he can spend the next several years reminding the people of Kentucky why you do not elect a governor who does not like government. Just see how well it worked out for Kansas with Sam Brownback.

On to the links…

Almost 40% of Americans ‘not too worried’ about Climate Change—I do not put a lot of faith in polling of general public attitudes because the way in which the survey is constructed can have an outsize influence on the way in which the results are calculated. However, I am frightened that Americans do not take climate changes seriously.

China Has Been Spewing Out Much More CO2 Than Previously Reported—Here is the problem with China: You can never trust the numbers you get from the government. Whether it is regarding CO2 emissions or job statistics or whatever, the government has a habit of hiding the bad information in order to prop up the central government’s narrative.

U.S. Electric Sector Expected To Hit Lowest CO2 Emissions In 20 Years—These are good numbers and it shows just how much progress has been made in cleaning up our generation of electricity. The fact remains that there is a lot more that we could be doing, but it shows progress and progress is good.

Watch US Electricity Grid Evolve Before Your Eyes—You can kind of sit there and watch this graph for a few minutes. It’s mesmerizing:


Renewable Electricity Surpasses Coal In UK—Few countries have as much identity tied up in coal as the United Kingdom. It is the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution that turned a little island into the British Empire. Now, it is slowly dying off. Good riddance.

Alberta Promises To Boost Renewables, Phase Out Coal—Alberta, the land known for tar sands and Keystone XL, is going to phase out coal. Where does coal go from here?

Germany Will Reach 33% Renewable Electricity This Year—Germany’s commitment to renewables amazes me.

How Germany Could Reach 150 GW of Solar Capacity—150 GW of solar in “sunny” Germany. Think about that number for a moment. Energy storage is going to play a role, but these are impressive numbers. Now imagine if the U.S. drove toward the same kind of numbers on a per capita basis…

World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm gets Green Light—There is only so much space near the coasts that is good for siting traditionally moored off shore wind turbines. If the turbines could float, a lot of ground would be opened up.

Human Waste Could Light Up More Than 138 Million Homes—Maybe there is an energy solution residing in our bathrooms.

California Takes A Stand On Antibiotics In Livestock—If you are not going to give up meat eating—which you should because it is the best thing you can do for the planet right now—than you must demand that animals be raised without antibiotics. It might literally end up saving your life.

40 Percent of Your Chicken Nugget Is Meat. The Rest Is…—These are just frightening stories.

These Are the Most Addictive Foods, According to Science—Did someone really need to spend time and money to figure out that pizza and chocolate were addictive? No, really, just spend some time with people who are not torturing themselves on a diet and you will see these foods being consumed happily.

Bicycle Culture Mythbusting – The Complete Guide—I love riding my bike and living in the Midwest United States means that I get to deal with extreme winters and summers. If people can enjoy riding a bike and commuting via bike in these conditions than it can be done anywhere. Easily.

Auto Loans Reach an All-Time High—As a nation we are hooked on debt. Too many people forget that debt can be a killer when economic times are bad. The fact that we take out so much debt to buy cars is even crazier considering how much money we end spending to operate said cars on a daily basis. Just go by bike. It’s better.


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