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Friday Linkage 5/12/2017

Is this how it ends?  With a complicit Congress, an ineffective opposition party, and an egomaniac in the White House do we end up miles down the road to tyranny in just a few years?  Or does America pull its collective head out of its ass and do something about the ridiculous state of affairs?

Considering how well things went during the prelude to the Civil War I do not have the highest hopes for a peaceful decade.  Maybe Dwayne Johnson really will be our next president.  Or Michelle Obama.

On to the links…

EPA Dismisses 5 Scientists from Key Review Panel—Let me guess what the industry panel members are going to recommend…regulation bad…oil and gas good…EPA bad…emissions are good for you…money is even better…and so on.  Your government is owned by fossil fuels and Russians.

Here’s How Easy It Is to Get Trump Officials to Click on a Fake Link in Email—I imagined that it would be as easy as saying “Click here to support Bill O’Reilly against all those evil women.”

Watch Anderson Cooper Roll His Eyes at Kellyanne Conway As She Tries to Defend Trump—And the Oscar goes to Anderson Cooper:

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A New Book Ranks the Top 100 Solutions to Climate Change. The Results are Surprising.—Maybe the solutions are within our grasp.  Drawdown is on my reading list at the library.  I just happen to be about ten people back in the queue.

Remorseless Coal Baron Gets Out Of Prison, Has Twitter Meltdown Over Mine Disaster—Do you notice a trend with Donald Trump and other narcissists like Don Blankenship?  In their mind’s eye he or she is never wrong.  Even when convicted in a court of law and sent to prison he is going back to the well that he did nothing wrong.

With a Letter a Day, West Virginian Tried to Remind Coal Executive of his Role in 29 Deaths—Don Blankenship was complicit in the conditions that directly led to the death of 29 people.  He does not care nor did he ever care about actual human beings in his employ as long as the coal kept coming out of the mountains and the profits kept flowing to bank accounts.

California’s Drought May Be Over, But Its Water Troubles Aren’t—Judging long term climatic conditions based on a single season is a bad idea.  Climate scientists, hydrologists, and anyone with half a brain has always said that but as California “exits” the recent drought it needs saying even more.

California Set an Ambitious Goal for Fighting Global Warming. Now Comes the Hard Part—The goals are ambitious.  We have to hope that California can be the model for the rest of the states because there will be no guidance from the capital.

Could Trump Dismantle the American West?—Why don’t we just come out and say that Donald Trump is bad for America?  Who stands to benefit from anything that has happened in Washington D.C. recently?  Jared Kushner maybe.

The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Just Shut Down a Diesel Plant—It’s not a huge victory, but every dirty power generation source that we can shut down is a victory.  In the age of Trump and Pruitt I will take what I can get.

Iceland’s “Thor” Volcano Power Plant can Generate 10X More Energy than Oil or Gas Wells—Geothermal is the odd cousin who comes to your wedding who turns out to be a pretty cool guy that makes the weekend all the more fun.  This geothermal plant is the rock star cousin who owns the weekend.

Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables—These headlines are a little misleading, but generating this much renewable energy for this large an economy is a big deal.

Arrogance of Space—People ask me why I think bikes are such a great way to get around.  If I had to pick one photo to illustrate many of the reasons it would be this:

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Imagine what our infrastructure costs would look like if we were managing a world of cyclists instead of a world of single occupancy automobiles.  Believe it!

Dan Barber on the Future of Food—Dan Barber can get a little preachy, but so can Michael Pollan and Anthony Bourdain but I still listen to what they have to say about food.  Dan Barber is no different.  His thoughts on food matter because he is an influencer of chefs and what not the world over.

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Friday Linkage 1/9/2015

Damn, it got cold here during the first full week of 2015. How cold? Like minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit air temperature overnight and school cancelled because of cold. Not a snow day, mind you, but a cold day. Heck, we had a two hour delay on Thursday because of cold following Wednesday’s cancellation. People are starting to get a little stir crazy.

On to the links…

Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze—I haven’t gone totally dry, like some participants did for the month of January, but I can confirm that anecdotally I feel better. I no longer have any pre-gout symptoms. Which is huge, because gout sucks.

The Three Biggest Solar Charts of 2014—Check out these charts and marvel in the progress being made in solar.

API Energy Report Says Solar Will Double In 2015-16—Basically, the U.S. has approximately 20 GW of solar PV with another 20 GW in the pipeline. Yep, that’s about double.

Renewables Over 13% of US Electricity Production Jan–Oct 2014—The numbers for the end of 2014 are starting to be compiled and it looks like a good one for the production of clean, renewable energy sources in the U.S.

California’s Governor: 50% Of Electricity From Renewables By 2030—If California can make this goal it might just drag a lot of other states along with it. Certain states—California and Texas primarily—are so large that decisions made in these states trickle down—voodoo policy?—to many other states.

Denmark Sets World Record For Wind Power Production—I live in Iowa, so I am a sucker for wind power. Last year Denmark got over 39% of its total electricity from wind power. Damn.

Renewable Energy Review: Brazil—Brazil’s renewable energy development is generally thought to be about ethanol and little else, but this provides a nice overview of other things happening in the southern hemisphere.

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 Percent Solar Powered by the End of 2015—Not 100 percent renewables, but 100 percent solar!

The Pace of Japan’s Renewable Development is Slowing—The pace was bound to slow after the rush following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but the surprising thing is that nuclear power is scheduled to come back online.

Six Renewable Energy Trends to Watch in 2015—I think that we are passed proving the technical capability of renewables. Now it is time to see if the services and financing around renewables can develop at a fast enough pace to really deploy some serious demand destruction.

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels—People will try anything to make a little go juice for the gas tank.

A Nuclear Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan For Two Months Straight—WTF? How can anyone ever listen to an energy executive talk about safety and a commitment to the environment without laughing?

Coal Companies Are Selling Coal To Themselves To Get More Government Subsidies—Basically, these companies are routing transactions through shell companies and fronts to pay less in taxes and royalties. If you and I did it we would go to jail for tax evasion. If a coal company does it they get more subsidies.

Don Blankenship Trial Delayed Until April—Can’t we just get this trial going? Seriously, does anyone think this guy is not guilty:

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