Welcome to 2020. What will the New Year and new decade bring? I have a list of things I hope will happen, but I do not want to jinx the possibility of actual progress by writing those things downs.
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday and is ready to make 2020 a great year for all people.
On to the links…
Trump Vs. Toilets (And Showers, Dishwashers And Lightbulbs)—This is like your drunk Uncle Carl from Thanksgiving getting to be President of the United States. Just when you think the situation is at its nadir, Trump steps up to the podium and delivers a new stream of drivel. What will the campaign bring out from this monster?
Rise Of The Wind Turbines – The Force Is With Them And They Are Great For America—Trump may not like wind turbines because a wind farm in Scotland “mars” his view from his golf course, but the verdict is that wind turbines are good for the economy and the environment.
Who’s Gonna Win The Race For Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Maine Or California?—Whoever wins the race means that we all win as offshore wind comes online in the United States. If you thought onshore wind was a good thing then you will love offshore wind. Imagine wind turbines bobbing near markets along the eastern seaboard.
Fossil Fuels Fall to Record Low Proportion of UK Energy Mix—Almost 39% of electricity from renewables seems amazing for an entire country for an entire year. We’re not talking about a day or a week or a month, but a year.
With Most Electricity From Renewables, South Australia Has Lowest Utility Cost—So, in South Australia you get more than 50% of your power from renewables and it has the lowest cost compared to others. What am I missing?
California Will Require Solar Panels on All New Homes. That’s Not Necessarily a Good Thing.—I am of the mind that this is a good thing. Yes, California will overbuild solar capacity but this will lead to innovations in demand shifting and energy storage. If the power is cheap or free, someone will figure out a way to use it at a different time when it would be expensive.
Coal-Killing Long-Duration Energy Storage For Vermont—We are already starting to see solutions for so-called long-duration energy storage.
3 Breakthroughs That Could Shake The Energy World In The Next Decade—I think that number three on this list could also be a big factor if the reverse is true. Rising fossil fuel costs could accelerate the transition to renewables. Nothing will make an EV looks more attractive than $4 a gallon gas in the United States.
Shipping Fuel Regulation to Cut Sulfur Levels Comes into Force—Maritime shipping emissions are a big deal because each of these ships is like an outdated power plant spewing pollution out its smokestacks. Considering how much global trade is moved via ships this is one of those “boring, but important” changes.
10 Ways That Car Dealerships Can Step Up To Sell Electric Vehicles—The number one thing missing from this list is for most dealerships to stop being dicks to their customers. If you want to understand why customers are willing to buy relatively expensive cars sight unseen from an app—yes, I am talking about Teslas—walk into the average new car dealer and tell me about the experience.
The Missing 99%: Why Can’t We Find the Vast Majority of Ocean Plastic?—Man, this is just depressing. When future generations look back on our time period they will just shake their head at the sheer stupidity of people in general.
A Recycling Renegade Is Out of Prison—and Ready to Tackle the Electric Vehicle Battery Crisis—Eric Lundgren went to jail because of a quirk in digital copyright law, but now he is back with a plan to tackle the rising tide of battery refuse from the EV industry’s growth. I wish him the best of luck.
Replanting Britain: ‘It’s About the Right Tree in the Right Place’—Reforestation is one of the best tools that we have to fight climate change, but the experience in Britain shows that it is not as simple as just planting a tree wherever. However, it is instructive that we have the knowledge to actually do reforestation right.
Snow Machines and Fleece Blankets: Inside the Ski Industry’s Battle with Climate Change—The future does not look too good for those of us who enjoy winter sports.
Mystery Pork Will Soon Hit The Stores—This reminds me of the quintessential line from Fast Food Nation: There is shit in the meat.
Those ‘Flushable’ Bathroom Wipes May not be so Flushable After All—Can we just stop using these damn things?
Go Slow to Help Slow the Climate Crisis—I think this is a solution to so much more than the climate crisis. We are all stuck in a loop where we think going faster will help us accomplish more, but all it does is put pressure on us to do more faster. It is a treadmill you cannot escape.
Wily Coyotes Take up Residence at Trump’s New York City Golf Course—I can already see the campaign rally rant about coyotes. Trump will stand at the podium and riff about how it used to be glorious when you could just shoot animals onsite. Donny Jr. will take the stage with his lame ass beard and pressed camouflage attire to rile up the crowd while asking daddy for permission to rid the golf course of this animal invasion. It may sound like a fever dream, but it is oh so plausible.