No links next week since I am going to be on vacation and completely out of touch with the world…at least in terms of electronics. I am going to enjoy a lot of snorkeling, cold beers, and not worrying about the latest tweet storm coming from our dear leader.
See you in a couple of weeks.
On to the links…
Economic and Environmental Cost of Trump’s Auto Rollback Could be Staggering—Who is surprised that a reactionary rollback of well thought out environmental regulations will have drastic economic and environment costs? No one raised their hand. Color me shocked.
Speak Up Now to Save Our National Forests—Another brilliant idea from the people trying to loot our public lands for private gain.
Trump’s Environmental Legacy Will Take Time to Erase—Yes, it will take time. Yes, it will be undone. November 2020 is the most important election since the Great Depression. Look at what four years of Donald Trump has done to America. Do not try and imagine four more years.
How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Global Financial Crisis—The next financial crisis, which is coming sooner rather than later, may be exacerbated by climate change or even caused by a climate change related disaster. Will it still be a Chinese hoax for our tangerine hued leader?
How American Cities Score on Clean Energy—Until sometime in January 2021 we will have to look to American cities for leadership in the clean energy transition.
Why Is U.S. Demand For Solar Panels Booming?—Taking advantage of a tax credit that is due to begin phasing itself out over the next few years may be artificially driving demand for solar panels into 2019, but maybe there is a solid base of demand for homegrown clean energy.
US Utilities to Boost Capital Spending in Shift Away from Coal—Coal fired power plants are going to be considered “stranded assets” in the very near future. That is to say these power plants will no longer be assets in the traditional sense, with a commensurate value on the open market, but that the intrinsic value will be zero because there is no buyer available on the open market at any price.
1 Stat Shows Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Passed the Point of No Return—The death spiral is real. It is now just a question of how fast we can retire these coal fired power plants and get on with our lives.
How The Clean Energy Transition Could Save More Than It Costs—The discussion has moved from the feasibility of the clean energy transition to a discussion about the potential cost savings of the transition. We’re talking about saving money and making clean energy. The market has spoken.
Using Electricity at Different Times of Day Could Save us Billions of Dollars—Demand or load shifting is one of those holy grails of infrastructure planning. If you can shift peak demand to other times the load on the overall system is decreased and redundant capacity can be reduced.
Sorry, Scooters Aren’t so Climate-Friendly After All—Lifecycle costs are a bitch, man. Just get on a bicycle and be done with it.
What Grocery Stores Won’t Tell You About Plastic—Bring all the reusable bags you want to the grocery store. It’s a start, but until the grocery stores demand changes from their supply chain there will be little real impact in the reduction of single use plastic packaging.
Subway Partners with Beyond Meat as Part of its Comeback Bid—Non-meat meat alternatives are now considered an appealing part of a restaurant’s menu in an effort to combat falling sales and perception issues. Think about that for a moment.