A little late with the links today, but I was distracted by eastern Iowa’s first flurries. While most of my co-workers were cursing the sudden snap to cold weather I was dishing out my silent thanks to Ullr. Winter is coming and those deranged bastards like myself are very excited. It also helps that I am less than 60 days away from a break in Summit County.
On to the links…
The Key to Tackling Climate Change: Electrify Everything—It is a simple plan. Step one: clean up electricity. Step two: electrify everything. The best part is that step one can be ongoing while we start step two.
Pollution Linked to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015—Here is the human cost of pollution. This is why we are working to close down coal fired power plants and electrify our transportation.
Global Tree Cover Loss Reaches a Record High in 2016—Can we all agree that reforestation is an admirable goal? Who can disagree with trying to regenerate the forests of this planet?
Scott Pruitt Betrays a Deep Distrust of his own Agency with New Announcement—You have to wonder about people who profess to hate government, seek positions in government, work to destroy the things government can do, and wonder why people are upset with them afterward. When the accounting is done in a few years the Trump presidency and its administration will be considered one of the worst ever.
The Most Effective Clean Energy Policy gets the Least Love—This should be a conservative wet dream. A state sets a percentage for renewable energy to contribute to the grid by a certain date and industry figures out the most effective way to make that happen. In Iowa it is wind power all the way, but in Arizona it might be solar. In Hawaii it might be an expansion of geothermal. Local solutions, baby! However, the Koch-addled brain on modern Republicans heard renewable and thought, “Kochs told me renewable power is bad. Socialism. Fake news. Sad.”
Renewable Energy is Creating US Jobs Twice as Fast as Any Other Industry—Republicans might crow about jobs all day long, but they do not care about jobs except as a way to line the pockets of their fossil fuels interest. Just like the forthcoming tax plan everyone who is not a millionaire or giant corporation will be content with scraps at the end of the feeding trough.
Trump Administration Scrambles to Save Largest Coal Plant in the West—There are no more conservative principles. These coal fired power plants were priced out of the market by a number of factors with cheap natural gas being the most prominent. However, the Trump administration needs to bring home the bacon for the coal barons so the book of political tricks is open for them to play from.
Solar Power Crushes its Own Record for Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, by any Technology’—Think about this for a moment, the lowest price for solar power is now the highest price in current bids. That is not bending a cost curve, that is blowing it up.
Hybrid Wind, Solar and Energy Storage Project Coming to Australia—The future is here and it might be in Australia. A season of unreliable power has really forced the folks down under to consider solutions.
Still No Takers For One Of India’s Cheapest Solar Projects—I am blown away by this development.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Winners and Losers of the Electric Car Race (So Far)—It is very early in this race so it is my guess that the winners in a few years will look nothing like the winners we think of today. Heck, some of the companies at the head of the pack might not even exist in a few years.