It’s “furlough Friday” in my household. Thanks to general economic malaise we get a five day weekend over the Memorial Day holiday. Too bad it looks like it is going to rain from Saturday through the next week. May showers bring…oh, that’s not right.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
Coronavirus To Cut U.S. Emissions 11% In 2020, But It’s No Climate Victory—If we return to “business as usual” it will be defeat. If we can make this an inflection point it will be a victory.
How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End?—I hope that one of the things we take away from this crisis is just how silly our commuting culture has become in the modern age. Maybe we will move to a post-modern commuting culture that actually values the endless hours we used to spend in a steel coffin belching climate change causing emissions. Just a thought.
‘A New Normal’: How Coronavirus will Transform Transport in Britain’s Cities—It seems like this is one of the questions that everyone is asking as we look toward the end of the first phase of the crisis.
Why We Shouldn’t All Move to Montana after the Pandemic—We should not all move to Montana, but some redistribution of economic development away from the coastal cities would be a good thing.
Big Oil Taking $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks—Imagine what almost two billion dollars could do in a different circumstance. By my back of the envelope calculations it could reforest ~2,000,000 acres of land in the United States. Yes, two million acres.
Why U.S. Oil And Natural Gas Demand Will Rebound From Coronavirus—The rebound for demand is going to be one of the more interesting things to watch as this calamity plays out. If demand comes back to 80% of the prior level can the oil and gas industry survive in its current format?
Renewables Surpass Coal in Both the U.S. and U.K. in Historic Firsts—The nails are being driven into coal’s coffin and one of the few things keeping it from being buried are Trump’s little orange fingers prying back the cover. 2021 is the year to declare victory.
The Nature Conservancy To Unlock Solar Potential On Retired Appalachian Coal Mine Land—There is a path forward after coal.
Unacceptable: Reports Indicate EPA will Refuse to Limit Brain-Damaging Chemical in Water—You have to love an administration that allows known brain damaging chemicals to be released into your water.
Liberal-Leaning States Target EPA In New Lawsuit—Prior to the Trump administration the government tended to win something like 90% of these lawsuits. True to trend, Trump’s people tend to lose 90% of these cases. At what point do people realize that this guy is really just a loser who has failed upwards his entire life.
A Plague of Delicious Purple Urchins is Taking Over the California Coast and It’s Our Duty to Eat Them—There should be a better answer to plagues of invasive species, but we are stuck with “eat them” as an answer. Solution to invasive lionfish? Eat them. You get the idea.
Giant Lizards Are Spreading in Georgia—Burmese pythons, killer bees, giant snails that eat stucco, and now giant lizards. Are these the end times?