If anyone does not believe that elections matter, consider that Donald Trump—a man wholly unfit to be president who lost an election by over three million votes—will get to choose the second Supreme Court justice of his presidency. By the end of four years of this man the United States may no longer be a country that I recognize.
On to the links…
The Dangers of Distracted Parenting—The world would be better is everyone were just a little more present in the “real.” I cannot count how many times I have been in a bar or restaurant and seen entire tables of people staring into their phones’ screens. It is insanity.
She Spoke out About Climate Change—and They Tried to Make Her Pay for It—Sarah Myhre is right. Science has always been political. There is a reason why religious authorities persecuted scientists. Empirical observations served to undermine the authority of the religious entity because their authority was based on a flawed text interpreted over the course of generations. Nothing has really changed.
News of Scott Pruitt’s ‘quid pro quo’ Condo Deal Raises Questions about Criminal Law Violations—Does anyone actually think that Scott Pruitt or any other member of the Trump administration would actually be prosecuted for doing something criminal? This is the most ethically and criminally compromised presidency in American history and the Republican party is allowing it to run amok with no oversight. Do you remember when the process in which Hillary Clinton handled her emails was considered the height of impropriety?
Scott Pruitt’s “Tactical Pants” Scandal, Very Briefly Explained—It’s not nearly as much fun as his lotion runs or his attempts to buy a used mattress or his attempts to weasel a chicken franchise for his wife or…well, it is Scott Pruitt and every week brings a new scandal.
How Trump is Letting Polluters Off the Hook, in One Chart—When the EPA is run by an industry toadie more interested in finding his special lotion to keep his skin soft while he lounges in his used bed this is the result:
Ethically compromised is one thing, but being just downright pathetic at your job is turning out to be a Trumpian trait du jour.
The Argument for Fracking as a Climate Solution Just Went Down in Flames—Methane is a bad climate actor and mismanaged wells are releasing a lot of methane. Sorry folks, but fracked natural gas is not the bridge fuel to the future. It’s just another fossil fuel bait and switch.
Investigators say China is Behind Illegal CFC Emissions—Maybe Donny two scoops will add this to his list of grievances with China or he will just use it as a another lever to extract payoffs from the Chinese for a project somewhere in the world.
UPS Places Order For 950 Workhorse N-GEN Electric Delivery Vans—Before we spend a lot of time and energy electrifying personal automobiles, the government should focus its efforts on converting the fleets of commercial vehicles to electric. These are large buyers of vehicles, so one sales pitch can lead to a lot of sales, that are very sensitive to fuel cost fluctuation.
Will the Boomers Leave Us Bust?—Let me skip to the punch line: if baby boomers have to give an inch to save future generations they will fight tooth and nail to preserve that inch because they are the most self-centered generation in American history. As the, hopefully, last baby boomer president wreaks havoc on the national and international order it is starting to look like a multi-decade fixer upper job for those of use left.
Goats Used For Colorado Wildfire Mitigation—The world just might be a better place if we spent more time thinking about goats. Everyone else can worry about Trump today. I am going to spend my day thinking about goats.