It is almost September and I do not know if the United States can get any crazier. The President of the United States surrounded himself with convicted and admitted felons. Imagine Barack Obama having a member of his inner circle convicted of or admitting to a felony. Sean Hannity’s false outrage would still be spewing from the Fox News caldera atop Mount Murdoch. Right now? Not so much.
Now the Trump administration is systematically denying American citizens the right to return to the country of their birth. Why? Mostly because they are brown people who have no powerful allies in Washington D.C. and with the midterm elections a little more than two months away someone needs to gin up the racists that comprise the Republican party’s base these days.
These are scary times, but do not despair. We possess the tools to end this budding dystopia.
On to the links…
Here’s House Republicans’ List of All the Trump Scandals They’re Covering Up—If your member of Congress is not demanding hearings and investigations then they are part of the cover up of the Trump administration’s misdeeds. If the House of Representatives can spend days on emails they can spare a little time to spend on actual corruption.
Environmental Law Experts find Major Legal Flaws in Trump’s Replacement for Clean Power Plan—Surprise, surprise. When you major objections to something are “coal is good” and “it was created by the black guy” there is bound to be a lack of sound legal reasoning behind the replacement.
Coal Country: EPA Plan Is Short Term Boost, No Solution For Industry Decline—Remember, when Donald Trump leaves office in 2019 or sooner if the federales finally figure out a way to indict a sitting president all of the coal barons who buddied up with the corrupt administration will have no friends.
Research Shows That A Low-Carbon Future Will Be A Renewable Future—That is unless nuclear fusion comes to fruition. It’s a decade away and it always will be…
Affordable Clean Energy Rules Or Not, Coal Stabbed In The Back Again—At the same time that the Trump administration is trying to prop up coal it is also promoting natural gas, which is one of the primary drivers behind the collapse of the coal industry in America.
Western States Could Save $600 Million By Using More Renewable Energy—Colorado is leading on this front, but the other three states on this list are really lagging behind their true potential. Ironically, Wyoming seems to be making some progress because it sees the development of wind power as something it can export to the Front Range in Colorado. It’s not coal, but it’s an extractive mindset.
US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System—The military has great need to be able to operate independent from the grid in times of natural disaster or conflict. Combined with renewable energy generated on site a military base could become a self-sufficient island in terms of electricity.
Minnesota Could Reap $30 Billion Driving on Electricity—The dollar savings are one thing, but for a state like Minnesota that produces no oil for gasoline or diesel but does produce a lot of electricity from wind turbines the dollars that are spent can be kept in the state.
Planting a Mix of Tree Species ‘Could Double’ Forest Carbon Storage—One area where we do not focus enough energy and resources on is reforestation. Degraded and denuded lands need help to regain vegetation coverage, especially in a climate change paradigm. Effectively locking up more carbon is icing on the cake.
Photos: Scenes from the Yellowstone Fires — Then and Now—As the west burns and the fires become more common, it is important to remember that fire is part of this landscape and that the land can be restored. Perhaps with a little help from humans we can accelerate the progress just like we accelerated the destruction.
Here’s How Climate Change is Affecting Your Cup of Coffee—It might be time for pumpkin spice lattes, but climate change is a real threat to actual coffee.
Republicans Tout Hemp’s Potential—Just like marijuana legalization made strange bedfellows of libertarians and hippies, hemp is finding advocates in staunch right wingers looking to toss a life line to struggling agricultural communities.
How to Identify Truly Green Products—Most of the stuff out there is just dreck.
No Helmets, No Problem: How the Dutch Created a Casual Biking Culture—I see lots of people in lycra riding bikes where I live, but a casual bike culture has been slow to develop. On the weekends people will cycle between bars in downtown Cedar Rapids, but it is not an everyday part of a person’s life. We need to develop a casual bike culture.
‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans—I may rag on baby boomers a lot, but I believe it is because that particular generation is due some serious scorn after decades of general misbehavior. I wonder what the correlation is between the rise in older Americans declaring bankruptcy and the general ageing of the baby boomers into that cohort.