I know it has been almost two weeks, but this is my favorite animated GIF ever:
Every time I hear a fan of Iowa State University say, “We just beat ourselves,” I just think, “No shit, you really did.”
On to the links…
Good News, Bad News: 4 Trends in US Energy Use—Transportation energy use and, by extension, oil consumption are the great hurdle for our transition to a fossil free paradigm. However, I wonder just how much we could reduce our use of energy in the transportation sector by reduction rather than replacement of usage?
Coal Declining at Quicker Clip than Previously Forecast—Every solar panel that gets hooked up to the grid is a nail in the coffin of coal. That is what I think about every time I imagine what eight additional panels added to my array mean in the larger scheme of things.
Are 1,600 New Coal-Fired Power Plants Being Constructed Today?—The brief answer is no. Now that this story has been debunked thoroughly it will probably make it into the next round of Trump rallies.
How Hawaii has Built Momentum to Become a Renewable Energy Leader—Hawaii is our national laboratory for renewable energy. The state is on course to produce 40% of its energy from renewable sources fairly soon. We need to be looking to Hawaii and applying lessons learned across the United States.
Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They’re Outgrowing Subsidies—Now, let’s remove the subsidies from fossil fuels and see how things work out.
Residential Solar: Becoming Increasingly Cost-Effective And Customer-Friendly—The market is maturing, transparency is increasing, costs are coming down, and adoption is up. These are the trends that make something mainstream. Solar is mainstream.
Getting to 100% Renewables Requires Cheap Energy Storage. But How Cheap?—I think the question is not just the price, but also how much capacity is really required? We have seen that as states and countries build out renewable energy that the hurdles are less insurmountable than they appeared at first blush.
Is DC Fast Charging Bad For Your Electric Car?—Yes, but not as bad as some pundits would have you believe.
The Rise of Regenerative Agriculture in Colorado—It is not just about saving pristine places anymore. It is also about restoring the places that we have degraded. Agriculture can play a role in that restoration.
The Burger Brawl—Do I really care who wins as long as these products replace traditional burgers?
1% of English Residents Take One-Fifth of Overseas Flights—Amazing how it looks like the Pareto principle is at work here. One percent responsible for 20%, top ten percent responsible for more than 50%…
What Do Evangelical Christians Really Think About Climate Change?—Given that this is a group of people—I am making broad assumptions here—that support Donald Trump despite his blatant non-Christian behavior after years of telling people that they were “values voters” I am inclined to tell evangelical Christians to suck a big, fat one.