Took a little more than a week off to rehabilitate a shoulder injury, which was apparently caused be spending too much time at a desk using a computer mouse with my right hand, and spent time with the family at a place known as Satan’s asshole or Orlando in August. Hoping to put some posts up next week about some thoughts I had while on vacation. Nothing gets the mental juices flowing like spending time away from the screens and distractions of our available all the time culture.
On to the links…
Renewable Energy Was 16.9 Percent of US Electric Generation in the First Half of 2016—Marinate on that number for a minute. Almost 17% of the U.S. electrical generation was from renewable resources for six months. Recovering hydroelectric in the west was a big part of this number, but renewables other than hydro are expected to soar over the next few years.
Bigger, Better, Cheaper: Wind Power is Flourishing in the US—Here is why renewable energy is kicking ass: wind is getting cheaper because it is getting bigger and better.
The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is Complete—Offshore wind is an exciting development because it can put wind power within reach of the heavily populated eastern seashore instead of the sparsely populated middle section of the country.
US Army Reaches $1bn in Energy Savings—Efficiency is the forgotten child of the environmental movement, but there are big rewards to be reaped. The U.S. Army has the benefit of being able to execute major changes with little interference and it looks like the efforts have made some major changes.
Listen Up: The Next Big Energy Appliance—If we could get to a point where a combination solar inverter, battery storage, EV charger was just an appliance that you bought like a refrigerator or freezer than the world would be a better place.
Why Democratized Rooftop & Community Solar Is So Important—Things are better for the average person when power is distributed. It does not matter if that power is political or electrical.
A Tour of California’s Water Supply Lays Bare the Tension Between Farmers and Fish—California’s water woes are a big deal and will continue to be a big deal in a warmer world.
Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels—Air travel is a big problem with regards to climate change. It uses a lot of fossil fuels and it is not easily electrified. We could push for less air travel but that is likely to fail. A greener jet fuel is the only solution.
The War Against Ethanol—There is probably no more controversial biofuel than ethanol. Just saying the word in certain forums will invite the harshest of criticism and condemnation.
How America’s Dirtiest City in 1969 Became One of the Greenest—Apparently Chattanooga was a real shit hole in the 1960s. You would not know it now.
Louisiana’s Sinking Coast a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil—Big oil can suck it when it comes to what they have wrought in Louisiana. For decades big oil has used Louisiana like a playground for its ambitions and the destruction of the marshes, bayous, and deltas is going to bite them in the ass. These are only crocodile tears that I shed.
The Rise of the Neighborhood Brewery—Not every brewery wants to see its tap handles and six packs compete with the likes of the macro-brewers craft subsidiaries or the major regional breweries like New Belgium Brewery. This is a very good thing for beer because it takes things back to a regional level where particular styles or derivatives can find loving audiences that preserve the character of craft.
Berkeley Put a Tiny Tax on Soda. Consumption Plummeted by 21 Percent.—If there was one thing that I could get rid of in the grocery store it would be soda. The stuff might as well be the liquid cocaine fueling our descent into obesity and its related maladies. We tax liquor and tobacco because of the health consequences, why not tax soda the same way?
The U.S. Government to Purchase 11 Million Pounds of Cheese—Instead of purchasing eleven million pounds of freaking cheese, maybe the federal government needs to examine the policies that drive a market to create such a surplus.