Friday Linkage 6/3/2016

I do not know if the Memorial Day holiday weekend was “good,” but when almost every major project for the summer is already checked off your list it makes June look like a pretty sweet month of lazy days.  Life will probably throw a monkey wrench into that ideal.

On to the links…

How The World Can Get To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050—It’s not likely to happen, but a guy can hope right?

Led By Solar And Wind, Renewable Energy Grew Like Never Before Last Year—Maybe there is a chance.

In Iowa, A Bipartisan Push to Become Leader in Wind Energy—It would be nice if Iowa could get a better governor other than the one guy your grandpa keeps voting for because he likes his mustache and Chuck Grassley is a sorry excuse for a U.S. senator, but at least we rule when it comes to wind power.

China Is Going Solar In A Big Way—Solar has reached the “China price.”

Why It’s So Difficult For Presidents To Ask For Less Energy Use—Efficiency and frugality are like asking your kids to eat their vegetables and brush their teeth.  No one can really argue against the merits of efficiency and frugality, but no one wants to be the know it all telling people to eat another serving of broccoli.  Everyone wants to be the fun parent.

Peak Oil: Big Oil Faces ‘Slow And Steady Decline’ Says Financial Times—$50 or below oil has been crippling for Big Oil.  Now it looks like “peak oil” will become “peak oil demand” as we transition our economies away from fossil fuels.  Look to the coal industry to get an idea of what happens when a fossil fuel enters it death spiral.

The Western US Grid is Fragmented. Stitching it Together is a No-Brainer.—If we want more renewable power on the grid, we are going to have to connect the grid into one seamless entity.  Imagine a single grid encompassing all of the U.S. and Canada?  Excess wind power from Minnesota at night could be funneled to California’s cities.

Poo-to-Power Breakthrough Appears in China—No one wants to talk about sewage.  In developed countries we flush our toilets and it is gone.  What is that sewage was a resource?

After Years of Drought and Overuse, the San Luis Valley Aquifer Refills—With judicious withdrawals and a concerted effort to not be wasteful we can preserve and even recharge our underground water resources.  Again, why do we pay farmers not to farm cotton in the American south yet subsidize farmers in Arizona to grow cotton with precious water?


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