It will be official in a little bit, but Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. If the recent confirmation hearings are any indication we are in for many years of incompetent officials, corrupt hangers on, and a Republican led Congress that cares more about scoring long sought after political points rather than actually helping people.
Get used to it because according to experts the spate of gerrymandering in 2010 will continue in 2020. To actually flip control of Congress to Democrats would take an estimated Presidential election vote share of approximately 60%. The best that we can hope for is a prevention of the most extreme Republican agenda via the filibuster and that the Trump administration is so horrible that people actually wake up. I am not holding my breath.
On to the links…
Iowa to See Fewer ‘Nice’ Days—Freaking climate change. Yuck it up all you want about global warming making winter milder—which sucks for people who actually like winter—but a world where Iowa is more humid in the summer is the definition of hell.
People Still Don’t Know Obamacare is Just a Nickname for the ACA—Jimmy Kimmel may be doing it on late night television, but there are a lot of voters looking around wondering when Trump is going to repeal Obamacare and what that means for their state exchange or Medicare expansion. Guess what morons? It’s going to suck.
Lessons for Navigating the Trump Economy — Drawn from the Developing World—Get ready for corruption on a yuge scale. Imagine if any of Hilary Clinton’s potential cabinet secretaries had been accused of making stock purchases and writing favorable legislation? Republicans would be livid. Now that it is their guy all we hear are crickets. What a joke.
Trump’s Tax Trumpery—Get ready for the tax cut idol to make its appearance and for Republicans to prostrate themselves before its purity. However, as this article lays out, tax cuts do not produce widespread economic growth because the benefits are concentrated on a few individuals. You know, like the 8 people who have assets worth as much as half of the world’s population.
China Halts Over 100 Coal Power Projects—China is trying to kick its dirty coal habit. It will be hard. It will probably be expensive. It might just be the last hope we have for the climate.
The Year Coal Collapsed: 2016 was a Turning Point for Britain’s Electricity—Few countries are as tied historically to the industrial revolution and the concurrent rise of coal power as the United Kingdom. That same United Kingdom now gets less than 10% of its electricity from coal. It can be done.
World Needs to Invest $25 trillion in New Oil Capacity over Next 25 years—That number is crazy. Why not invest $1 trillion per year in renewables? Oh right, this is coming from the guy running Saudi Arabia’s state owned oil company.
The Sleeping Giant Stirs: Russia Revs Up Renewable Tech—I suppose with the incoming administration that Russia is our new bae. At least the news is not all bad in Putin-land.
When Will the Chevrolet Bolt Glide Into Your State? Find Out Here—Do you want a Chevy Bolt? Get ready to wait unless you live in a state that did not vote for Donald Trump:
Go Ahead, Wander Your Way—I spend a lot of time outdoors and there is a lot of judgment by people enjoying the outdoors. Does it really matter why you are getting outside if you are still getting outside? I say that it does not.
The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science—I wonder if true eccentrics are gone from our lives forever in a world where everything is documented on Facebook or Instagram. Long live the freaks.