France and Paris, in particular, are burning because of a protest movement that started off being about fuel taxes but has morphed into something more. The anger seen in the streets was sparked by a tax but it represents a question about who the modern state serves.
As we have seen in the United States, time and time again, the state is designed to serve the interests of its most privileged citizens at the expense of everyone else. Don’t believe me? Look at tax cuts. Most of the benefits go to the richest 1%. Sure, those are the people that make the most money so it stands to reason that they would benefit the most. However, in order to pay for these gifts to the rich everyone else is asked to take a cut in what the state may provide them. Food stamps? Sorry, gotta’ get Bezos his tax cut. Pell grants? Sorry, Zuckerberg needs to buy another house.
On to the links…
China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy—This is the world we live in now as the U.S. has ceded leadership of any kind on global issues because of…reasons? Europe is a mess which threatens to devolve into its preferred path toward fascism. So, we are left looking to China. This is problematic.
Almost Half Coal Power Plants Seen Unprofitable to Operate—Well, I can raise a solar panel or eight to that news.
Wall Street Cleans up on ‘Clean Coal’—What are the odds this scam program gets renewed? I am guessing 100% because what Goldman Sachs wants, Goldman Sachs gets.
The Most Important Country for the Global Climate no one is Talking About—Deforestation is like the “eat your vegetables” of the climate change action plans. Everyone likes to talk about coal, renewables, electric cars, etc. but the single biggest thing we could do today would be to stop deforestation.
This New NASA Mission Will Create an Unprecedented, 3D Map of Earth’s Forests—It is hard to save the trees if you do not know where the trees are located.
Video Games Consume More Electricity Than 25 Power Plants Can Produce—At what point do we realize that modern life is just one big energy suck?
THE BIG PICTURE: Wind Turbine Trends—Here is the punch line: Bigger and more powerful. See for yourself:
How the Food Industry Uses Big Tobacco Tactics to Manipulate the Public—Here’s a public service announcement: Most of the stuff in the grocery store with an ingredient list more than three items long is not good for you.
How the Indigenous Bison Bar was Appropriated—Big food is stealth. It is incumbent upon you, the consumer, to be educated and make the right choice.
Altria in Talks to Buy Cannabis Company Cronos Group—This is the moment when you know that the legalization of cannabis in the United States is coming. Altria would not put its money into a market if it thought that federal prohibition was long for this world.
NRA Cuts More Operating Costs—and Lavishes Executives With Perks—This is what collapse looks like. An organization faced with dwindling resources lavishes its grandees with perks in a final orgy of greed. This could not happen to a nicer bunch of a-holes.
Amateur Scuba Divers Train to be “Ghost Net Busters”—Ghost nets are a big problem. I am happy to see people taking the initiative to be part of the solution, but there needs to be some form of regulation that outlaws this kind of dumping. Think like a deposit system.
Millennials are Killing Canned Tuna, but the Industry is Fighting Back—Dude, can we quit it with all the stuff millennials are supposed to be killing? Baby boomers do not get blamed for all the stuff they killed, like the planet.