Can you imagine how much Trumplican heads would have exploded if Presidents Obama or Clinton had a press briefing where either of those men claimed, “When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total.”
Granted, the most incompetent President in the history of the United States has already backpedaled. This is not because he does not believe what he said earlier, but rather he does not want to take responsibility for any possible surge in COVID-19 infections that may occur as states “reopen.”
This is the Trump doctrine in full display. Claim absolute hegemony, take credit for any positive trend over the course of the last decade, deflect blame for any negative trend onto your predecessor, and figure out a way to milk a buck out of the office. Anything else is just noise.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
Chart Shows Rise in Wind, Solar; Overall Drop in Energy Use—The so-called Sankey diagram is one of those pieces of information that gets used in just about every presentation about power consumption and generation. The number that always gets me is the wasted energy under the title “rejected energy.” If we could just waste less it would be a massive improvement.
How Coronavirus is Changing Electricity Usage, in 3 Charts—So we are using less electricity, in total, and using it more evenly across the day. This shows us that changes in our behavior can help accelerate the renewable energy future.
Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels could Fall by 2.5bn Tonnes in 2020—Maybe this will the moment when we realize that we can reconfigure modern civilization to accommodate a dramatically lower amount of fossil fuel use. Myabe…
COVID-19 Pollution Cut Is Not A World Without Cars: It’s Without Oil—The air is cleaner. Cities are more livable. This is a world without both traffic and oil.
Gasoline Demand Collapses To A 50-Year Low—This is turning into a real life version of The World Without Us.
This Is the “Most Economically Important” Fern on Earth—There are solutions to climate change in the natural world. We just need to have an open mind and look around.
Another Record Year For Low-Cost U.S. Natural Gas – And Why That’s Good News—Natural gas kills coal. When natural gas prices spike in the future—and anyone who has ever watched natural gas for any period of time know this will happen—cheap renewables will kill natural gas. Survival of the fittest, baby.
Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In The Next Relief Bill—Just imagine all of those rooftops generating clean, green electricity from the funky yellow sun.
Inside Clean Energy: Rooftop Solar Wins Big in Kansas Court Ruling—When solar can get a win in Kansas you know things are going your way.
The Western U.S. Has Some Of America’s Strongest Clean Energy Goals. It Needs More Grid Flexibility To Achieve Them.—It’s not that we cannot get to aggressive renewable energy targets. It’s that our current infrastructure is not designed to handle more renewable energy.
Coal Companies Want YOU To Pay Their Debts—Late stage capitalism is all about privatizing the gains and socializing the losses. Corporations will never get “wiped out” the same way that an individual can because Congress would never let that happen.
One Weird Trick To Achieving American Energy Dominance—The more we electrify the less we are beholden to oil and gas. The transportation sector is now the most important frontier for electrification over the next decade.
To Cut Carbon Emissions, a Movement Grows to ‘Electrify Everything’—Or just electrify everything.
A Shockingly Long List of Corrupt Officials and Political Allies Pardoned by Trump—Grifters are going to grift. Trump is corrupt as the day is long and he does not care what anyone thinks as long as he can make a buck. I will give you short odds that he pardons Joe Exotic just to see his face on television a little more.
Fred Singer, a Leading Climate Change Contrarian, Dies at 95—There is a long list of scumbags who have taken industry’s money for years in order to sow doubt about settled science regarding climate change. However, few did more harm than S. Fred Singer. The world is a better place without him spewing his particular brand of misinformation.
The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires—Investment hysteria and tech style bubbles came for the bicycle.
This is How America Drinks Now—We are shut in and drinking without social pressures. Sometimes box wine is the hero we need.