A little light on the links this first week of October. I think almost everyone has been glued to the circus that is the Trump administration.
On to the links…
Chuck Grassley Plans to Take Trump’s Federal Farm Bailout Cash, Calls it ‘Equal Treatment’—Nothing says fiscal responsibility like making sure you get your bailout cash from an unnecessary trade spat. Where was Chuck Grassley when homeowners were taken advantage of by mortgage lenders in the mid-2000s? Where was Chuck Grassley when people lost their homes to illegal foreclosures? People in Iowa would elect the corpse of Chuck Grassley.
Trump’s Plan to Scrap Mercury Regulations Won’t Save Coal But It Will Cost Lives—This is America under Trump. It is a hellscape of increased deadly emissions from ageing power plants propped up by government largesse to line the pockets of a few coal barons.
Trump Administration, EPA say Radiation is Good for You—It is getting downright Orwellian.
U.S. Power Producers’ Coal Consumption Falls to 35-year Low—Every new solar photovoltaic array and wind turbine that I see is another shovel of dirt on the grave of coal. If we can weather the interminable Trump storm of the next couple of years we can truly put the United States on a clean power path.
Germany’s Coal Habit Proves Hard to Kick—Germany wanted to transition away from coal and to renewables. The problem with this plan was that Germany also wanted to eliminate its reliance on nuclear energy as well.
Banks turn their Back on Coal amid Emissions Concerns—Modern commerce runs on credit. If banks are unwilling to lend most schemes are incapable of operating at any scale. This is bad for coal and good for the planet.
Our Fertilizer Is Killing Us. Here’s A Fix.—Synthetic fertilizer has allowed for billions of people to escape famine. It is also one of the drivers of bad global impacts like dead zones.
More than 1 in 3 Americans Eat Fast Food on a Typical Day, and We Eat it All Day Long—Is our fast food consumption a cause of our modern problems or is it a symptom? Do we eat fast food because our modern lives do not allow enough time or flexibility to eat actual food? Or, do we eat fast food because it taps into some primordial desire for salt, sugar, and fat? Either way, it is bad for us all.
14 Food Waste Facts That Might Change The Way You Cook, Shop, And Eat—I believe that in order to get our planet right, we need to first get our households right. The first step to get our households right is to fix our kitchens. Victory is in the kitchen.