Friday Linkage 11/25/2016

This post written a couple of days ago because I am planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday doing nothing in particular, save for not thinking about the disastrous potential of the bloviating orangutan poised to run the United States.

On to the links…

Trump and His Key Advisors Stand to Profit from the Dakota Access Pipeline—This is a president-elect who has said that there can be no conflict of interest with his business empire simply by the fact that he is president.  It is a further perversion of executive power that began with Nixon, see how that ended, and reached its nadir with the second Bush, who used the logic to essentially justify creating a modern security state because, um, terror.

Trump Supporters Are Boycotting Starbucks By Heroically Purchasing Its Coffee—Remember, these are the people who elected the next President of the United States.  Also remember, that as it stands right now Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes.

Canada Phases Out Coal As Donald Trump Aims To Revive It In U.S.—I hope that Canada can spend the next four years being a giant middle finger pointed at the United States.

France to Shut Down all Coal Power Plants by 2023—This is not as big a leap as it would be for some countries given France’s heavy reliance on nuclear power, but it will close another export market for American coal.  It is going to be really hard for Herr Trump to “bring back coal” when no one actually wants to buy any coal.

Alberta: The New Texas of Wind Development?—Fossil fuel cronies can stomp their feet all they want in the U.S. because there is a lot of momentum behind renewables in the rest of the world.  Instead of leading the U.S. is planning to get the hell out the way led by the kind of isolationist in chief.

Zero-net, Low-income Homes Offer Glimpse of Grid Transformation—Usually, well designed and energy efficient prefabricated homes are the stuff of glossy coffee table magazines and highbrow design web sites.  Bringing those ideas into the mainstream at a more affordable price point is a good thing for everyone.

Cheap Ice Energy Storage for Solar Homes—Using cheap power to “store” energy as ice is a fairly well developed idea on a commercial scale.  New Belgium Brewery has had a large system like this installed for years now.  Something at the consumer or home level is something new.

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