The partial government shutdown is about to enter its sixth week. It is already the longest such shutdown in the history of the United States. It is also case study #1 of what happens when you elect people to run the government who have a professed hatred of the government providing any services whatsoever.
In some ways I feel that this shutdown is the fever dream of people like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan. Without a functioning government they can go on Fox News and tell everyone that America soldiers on. Just wait until Sean Hannity starts a special on how the shutdown is proof positive that the federal government is unnecessary.
On to the links…
Why We Won’t Quit the Climate Fight—We will not quit in a fit of despair because to quit would be to admit defeat. And defeat in this case is not an option.
Could a Green New Deal Save Civilization?—I believe that the idea of the Green New Deal has the possibility to be a Trojan horse for so many progressive ideas. Clean energy, modernized mass transit, smart development, etc.
New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal—The thing about the Green New Deal that excites me the most is that we can begin to execute many of the proposed ideas without a single new government agency or program. Heck, some of it is still in place since the last New Deal.
72% of Americans are ‘Very Worried’ about Climate Change—People are worried. People want solutions.
Idaho’s New Governor: ‘Climate change is real’—The worm has turned on climate change. You cannot be a reasonable, notice I said reasonable, politician in the United States and not recognize the impact of climate change.
Why There’s No Bringing Coal Back—Here is another reason why coal is not coming back: Donald Trump. The industry hitched its wagon to the man who will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.
The Trump Administration Keeps Taking Care of Big Oil—The Trump administration is making sure that Big Oil is taken care of at all times.
Zinke Leaves Unfinished Business at the Interior Department—The best that we can hope for is that in less than two years we can begin to unwind the damage done to the United States. This sums up the course of action: “Many of the actions taken by the administration have been done through secretarial orders, internal memos and staffing decisions, many of which can be reversed on day one of a new administration.”
The Invisible Energy Bonanza: Creating Wealth Out Of Nothing—If we really wanted to we could save a proverbial buttload of baseload power just by focusing on not using so god damned much energy. It is not rocket science.
Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry—Do you know why the dealers are angry? No service on electric vehicles. No oil changes at regular intervals. No fuel filters, air filters, spark plugs, timing belts, etc. to change. No water pump to replace art 100K miles for the low, low price of $1K. It’s pretty much rotate the tires, check the wiper blades, and send you on your way with an EV.
Of New Power Generation, How Much Is On The Roof? Quarterly Update — 2018 Q3—There are so many roofs without solar panels. So much room to grow.
San Diego Has Vast Solar Parking Lot Potential—What locale in the U.S. does not have a lot of solar parking lot potential? Boston, ok. New York City, ok. Just about everyone else.
Renewables In Britain To Overtake Fossil Fuels By 2020—Remember when renewables were only capable of providing a sliver of power generation according to the experts? Remember when the ceiling was probably ten percent of total power generation according to the experts?
74% Of India’s New Power Capacity Addition In 2018 Was Renewables—It would be better if it were 100%, but I will take it.
US Coal Retirements In 2019 To Hit At Least 6 Gigawatts—This has to be a kick in the gonads for Trump and his coal baron cabinet.
10 Ways Beer Drinking Will Change in 2019—This is the year that I think we will see some major closures in the craft beer space. My prediction is that one or two of the mid-tier brewers will close or consolidate this year because growth has not kept pace with expansion.
A Bit of Meat, a Lot of Veg – the Flexitarian Diet to Feed 10bn—It is not like this idea is very new.
How To Make Sure Your Recycling Gets Recycled—You would not believe the stuff I see in my neighborhood recycling bins every Thursday. Resin chairs, check. All manner of oversized items, check. This is why recycling does not work in the United States.