Every day I think that we have reached a new low with the Trump administration. If it is not family corruption, it is cabinet members using the taxpayer as a personal travel expense account. If it is not crude behavior, it is stoking the fires of racial unrest.
Now it looks like Trump has set his dim sights on war with North Korea and threatening the 1st Amendment. I know that the right wing only really loves the 2nd Amendment, but a threat to the Constitution cannot go unchallenged. However, nothing else matters save for tax cuts for billionaires so the Republican members of Congress may grumble but they will kiss the ring of their dear leader.
On to the links…
Trump’s Plans To Demolish Clean Power Plan Revealed—Scott Pruitt has one goal in this world: make the world a better place for fossil fuel interests at the expense of everything else. Once you understand this motivation every action makes sense. Furthermore, Trump and his cabal are wedded to coal because they need to keep the narrative alive that Trump is saving rural jobs.
The GOP wants to repeal Obama’s Climate Plan. Like Health Care, it’s Going to be a Fiasco.—Can we all just agree that any day Trump and his cronies are in the White House has the potential to be a fiasco. Actually trying to govern is a freaking dumpster fire.
Vintage Photos Taken by the EPA Reveal what America Looked like before Pollution was Regulated—Even Scott Pruitt’s EPA has documentation to show just how much better our country is now that pollution is regulated. I realize that people like Trump do not like to read because it is hard, so pictures can supply the necessary knowledge.
The Two Clean Energy Bills that Could take California’s Climate Action to the Next Level—California may be burning right now, but the state is pushing ahead with aggressive climate change related legislation. Leadership at the national level may be lacking. States can create a critical mass to generate meaningful change.
Will Iowa Continue Adopting Wind, Solar without Federal Mandate?—This is a little closer to home. Here is the thing, Iowa was deploying large amounts of wind before the Clean Power Plan. The economics for that development have not changed in any measurable way that would favor a change. Furthermore, the state already gets almost 40% of its electricity from the wind and has projects in the pipeline that will take that number north of 50% in the coming few years. This all comes at the expense of coal because no one is retiring cheap to run wind turbines or cleaner natural gas facilities to keep an old coal boiler running. Solar is the icing on the cake.
Friendly Policies Keep US Oil and Coal Afloat Far More than We Thought—What is Scott Pruitt’s answer to the question of oil and gas subsidies? He has come out vociferously against the small amount of subsidies for wind and solar, but he is silent on the taxpayer money going to prop up his friends in oil, gas, and coal. We already knew who lined his pockets, but these questions need to be asked loudly, often, and on the record.
This Coal Baron has Trump’s Ear. What he says is Utter Nonsense.—This is Robert Murray. He likes coal because coal made him rich. He likes Trump because Trump likes his money, so Trump likes coal. Too bad everything that comes out of his mouth is just garbage.
Rooftop Solar & Storage – Cheaper Than Subsidizing Old Coal—Facts will not get in the way of people like Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry pushing a dirty fuels agenda. This is the administration built on falsity and outright lies that answers facts with “We will agree to disagree.” The future is now and we need to keep pushing.
Solar Competitors Band Together to Help Bring Electricity to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico—The federal government will not help Puerto Rico in a sensible way because the sitting president does not like people who happen to be brown, don’t play golf, and don’t want to join his shitty club in Florida. Socially conscious private industry is rising to the occasion to provide solutions in the wake of a dearth of actual leadership in Washington D.C.
Rooftop Solar Provides 48% Of South Australia Power, Pushing Grid Demand To Record Low—This graph is full of amazing insights:
We are just beginning to realize the potential of distributed renewables.
Australia Adds 97 MW Rooftop Solar In September, Set For Record 1 GW In 2017—Those will not be the last charts of that type you see from Australia either.
Let’s Take A Moment To Remember How Shitty Electric Cars Once Were—The most amazing thing, in my opinion, about the current electric vehicles on the market is that they are true vehicles. These are not souped up golf carts or hacked conversions. These are vehicles that can easily replace all but the longest road trips.
GM’s SURUS Fuel-Cell Truck Platform Could be a Disaster-Relief Hero—In general, I find fuel cell concepts to be half-baked. However, this idea has real merit for a number of reasons. The most pressing of which is made clear in places like Puerto Rico or New York after Superstorm Sandy. People need electricity and liquid fuel runs out quickly. Imagine a fleet of these disembarking from a Joint High Speed Vessel to a damaged seaside location.
The Empty Countryside—This story may be about rural England, but it could easily have been used to describe northwest Iowa or southeastern Colorado. It is a long term demographic and development trend that I see no chance of abating in the near future.
Why Forest Kindergartens are the Best Schools for Our Young Kids—Maybe it is not just the forest, but the opportunity to freely apply lessons to an environment of your own choosing.
McDonald’s is Now Selling a “McVegan”—It is meatless and dairy free. It is only available in Finland for some reason.
The Chicken Experiment That Shook the World—If there is going to be a global health crisis we are completely unprepared to deal with it will be antibiotic resistance. It is amazing to think that so many of our problems can be traced back to a single experiment in the 1940s. That is history for you.