Any time one of your elected officials says that regulations supporting clean air and water are unnecessary offer to buy him or her a one way ticket to New Delhi. Breathe in deep:
On to the links…
Why Is America Wasting So Much Energy?—If we wanted to the United States could cut its energy consumption without materially impacting the quality of daily life. How? Energy efficiency. However, we live in a country where elected officials literally fight to maintain outdated technologies like incandescent lightbulbs on the shelves despite being shown significantly better alternatives. Why? I am sure it will come down to freedom and some other right wing word soup.
America’s Pathetic Autocrat—We have come to a point where the thing that is keeping America somewhat whole is that the Trump administration is the single most incompetent presidential administration in recorded history.
The New Coal Crisis—Everyone with half a brain and an interest in good health knows that coal is a public health problem. Burning coal puts bad stuff in the air, mining coal scars the land, and the remainders left behind by coal combustion foul the water. How could the Trump administration get behind such a dirty fuel?
Powerful Lawmaker who Wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act is Getting Close—The right wing is in the last throes of its ectasy from the Trump victory and is hoping to lodge a few more grenades in the direction of progress before the United States wakes up to the realization that Republicans are really just gangsters or robber barons.
Rick Perry’s Strange Sex Story—Just when you thought that it was impossible for Rick Perry to do something even more stupid than something he had done in the past…he, well, opens his mouth to speak. This might be the crowning achievement of his public career.
Extreme Athletes Are Braving the Harshest Environments on Earth For Science—In the absence of actual science being done by organizations charged with the practice, e.g. the EPA under Scott “I Like Oil, A Lot” Pruitt, citizen scientists are trying to fill in some of the void.
He Was a Professional Climate Denier. Then He Switched Sides.—These people are paid well to lie to the public.
Cost of Wind keeps Dropping, and There’s Little Coal, Nuclear can do to Stop It—The market has spoken. The people have spoken. Coal and nuclear can fight a rearguard action for a few years, maybe even a decade, but there is little that can be done to stop the march of history and progress.
The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change—If the idea of smallpox, frozen in polar tundra for centuries, does not frighten you consider that an outbreak of smallpox would probably make preppers’ nightmares come true.
Four Dams in the West are Coming Down — A Victory Wrapped in a Defeat for Smart Water Policy—The irony is that this is something that all parties wanted, but Congress just stepped on its own dick again by not finishing the proper authorizations to complete the process.
Add Cargo Shipping to the List of Industries Contributing to Global Warming—This is why one of the most powerful things you can do for the planet is to stop buying crap. Why? The global supply chain is dirty as hell.
Thousands of Idled, Dirty Railroad Cars Are Littering the American Landscape—The irony is that if these railroad cars were parked in urban areas where people could actually see them I am sure that something would be done. This is regardless of them sitting on private property.
Richard Branson is Planning to Rebuild the Caribbean with Clean Energy—I will believe it when I see it. I have a feeling that there will be beautiful solar panels on vacation homes and resorts, but nothing for the people who actually live and work on these islands.
The Ecolabel Fable—This is why I believe that knowing your producers, e.g. local providers, is more important than trusting a label. Sure, I cannot know my coffee producer in Eastern Iowa so I will have to rely on a label but I can know who raises the pigs for bacon and the chickens for eggs.
How Flawed Science Helped turn Chocolate into a Health Food—It’s like those links promising the beer diet. Sad. Fake news!