Can you imagine for a moment a world where Barack Obama stood on a stage, denigrated his own intelligence agencies, pandered to a Russian dictator, and then tried to walk back the comments less than twenty four hours later as a slip of speech? I can imagine that the noise from the right wing, especially Fox News, would be deafening.
Then again we also live in a time where the Republican governor of Iowa is trying to take state Democrats to task for not forcing an elected representative to resign because of sexual misconduct allegations. The man should leave office, but by Kim Reynolds logic so should Donald Trump. Is she calling for him to resign? Nope.
On to the links…
Antarctica has Lost 2.71 Trillion Tons of Ice. Here’s What that Looks Like.—I am afraid that no one is paying attention because it seems like so many other things are on fire right now.
Scott Pruitt Gave “Super Polluting” Trucks a Gift on his Last Day at the EPA. A Court Just Put it on Hold.—Scott Pruitt had one last middle finger to give the American people, but a judge told the government to hold its horses. This was a giveaway by a corrupt administration to benefit a political supporter at the cost of the health of the American people. This is the kind of winning you get with Donald Trump.
Ajit Pai’s FCC Doesn’t Want to Hear Your Complaints Unless You Pay Them $225—Why not just drop the pretense of actually governing for the people and place a menu out front of every agency. The menu would list the price that you need to pay and to whom—usually Donald Trump and/or the respective cabinet secretary—for access and influence.
New EPA Head has Long History of Ties to Mining Interests—Meet the new boss, kind of the same as the old boss. Actually, Andrew Wheeler is more of a dyed in the wool coal lobbyist as opposed to Scott Pruitt’s oil and gas background.
New EPA Chief Is Already Facing 2 Ethical Problems In His First Week, Echoing Scott Pruitt—Seriously, can Donald Trump find a cabinet secretary who does not have a cloud of ethics investigations following behind them?
Trump Just Nominated a Pesticide Exec to Oversee Science at the USDA—I think the second headline says it all, “Of Course He Did.”
Trump Has Dreams of a New Energy Boom That Even the Fossil Fuel Industry Thinks Is Too Extreme—The backlash to the policies of this administration are going to be extreme. Oil and gas companies are now coming to the realization that they are going to be in the wilderness once everyone wakes up and gets rid of the head cheese puff.
Surprise! California Cracked Down on Carbon and its Economy is Still Booming—Climate change legislation, policies, and regulation are supposed to be job killers, so say the bloviating hosts on Fox News, but California has seemed to crack the code.
Clean Energy is Catching up to Natural Gas—There has always been a lot of talk about how natural gas is a “bridge fuel” that will allow us to kick our coal habit and ramp up renewables. What if the bridge is more like a short on ramp in Kenosha, Wisconsin? For those of you have driven between Milwaukee and Chicago know those on ramps well.
UK has Passed 1,000 Hours without Coal this Year—It’s an odd thing to track, but the U.K. going coal free for any period of time is indicative of the trends for the dirty rock. The U.K. is probably the single country most associated with the Industrial Revolution and its close ties with coal. If coal dies in the U.K. where will it survive?
Renewables Provided 45.8% Of Spain’s Electricity Needs For First Half Of 2018—Some of this is a result of favorable weather, but it also points to a dedicated decade or so of building out a renewable infrastructure.
Apple Launching $300 Million Fund to Develop Clean Energy in China—If governments will not support clean energy we will be forced to look to the private sector. I am waiting for Republicans to begin drafting legislation that requires a certain percentage of every kilowatt hour used by industry to contain guaranteed percentages of coal and natural gas.
Electric Trucks Are Coming—Commercial fleet operators should be on the first areas for EV makers to focus on with the other being municipal bus fleets. These are customers that use vehicles for a lot of intraurban miles where an EV’s powertrain is ideally suited to deliver maximum benefits. Just think of all the stopping and starting that a bus or delivery truck does in a day.
Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point—It’s not the straw itself that is the problem, but a culture that creates billions upon billions of instantly disposable plastic items that become trash and end up in our waterways. It’s one time use plastic bags, plastic straws, cigarette butts…whatever.