Sorry, I had to because every year around this time the Denver Post turns into a newsprint edition of High Times. It blows my mind that we now live in a time and place where people openly purchase, possess, and consume marijuana in multiple states. Sure, reefer madness will never truly leave us until the generation that elected Donald Trump makes their last trip to the Cracker Barrel but the time is coming.
On to the links…
White Castle Goes Highbrow? Now Famous Slider can come with Fake Beef—We also live in a time where there is a vegetable based burger patty being served at White Castle. Oh yeah, your favorite stoner dream food is now plant based. And how does it taste? Apparently, it works.
Trump may Greenlight an $8 Billion Attack on Competitive Energy Markets—Trump, his Trumpkins, and the rest of the right wing love free markets right up until free markets ding the pocket books of the barons—that feels so Into the Badlands to say—who pay to keep them in office. This is an idea supported by Rick Perry. Yes, the same Rick Perry who could not remember the name of the three government agencies he was committed to eliminating. One of which he currently serves at the helm. Irony.
Trump’s EPA Embraces an Odd Argument against Fuel Economy: It will Kill People—No, this is not your Grandpa Earl telling you how much safer cars were in the 1950s because his Bel Air was made with thousands of pounds of good ol’ American steel:
Grandpa Earl is wrong. Trump is wrong.
Former Administrators say Pruitt’s Impact on EPA can be Reversed—The end of the Trump administration, whether it comes in January 2021 or sooner, will feel like waking up from the flu after a week of shuffling around the house. Everyone will feel better, but it will take time and some effort to feel right again.
UK Emissions are Falling Fast. Now the Country might try for Zero.—By 2017 the U.K.’s CO2 emissions are 42 percent below 1990 levels:
Imagine if the U.S. had pulled this off?
173 Countries Agree to Slash Shipping Industry Emissions in Historic Deal—If you do not think that your buying stuff is driving a lot of emissions just think about what it costs in terms of energy to move goods from China to the United States.
Renewable Energy Meets 100% Of Portugal’s March Electricity Needs—This is damn impressive. Even more impressive to me is that the low for a percentage of production was 86%.
China made Solar Panels Cheap. Now it’s Doing the Same for Electric Buses.—I know that we all love rail mass transit, but the humble electric bus may be the way to slash transportation emissions for hundreds of millions if not billions of people. China spent a lot of money to make solar panels cheap and now they are on the same path for busses.
These Huge New Wind Turbines are a Marvel. They’re also the Future.—Bigger wind turbines make more power and are more efficient. Plus, we can begin replacing existing turbines—which already have the infrastructure in place for power transmission—with bigger turbines to produce more power. And there is that whole offshore wind thing as well.
New 3 in 1 Roof Solar Tiles Power your House for Half the Price of a Tesla Roof—These may be a little clunkier than the Tesal roof tiles but if they can actually deliver them for half the cost and similar performance it will be a winner. I would like to add some more solar photovoltaic capacity to my roof—it’s never enough once you get some solar PV—but I really like the idea of covering my roof in solar roof tiles.
Sydney’s First Battery Powered Apartment Block Halves Residents’ Power Bills—Australia feels like the future of solar. It’s like they are living in tomorrow and we are all waiting to get there soon.
6 Solar Roads Shaking up Infrastructure around the World—With so many roofs and parking lots that could be covered in solar panels are solar roads even something we should care about?
Scientists Accidentally Produce an Enzyme that Devours Plastic—This feels like the plot to a bad science fiction movie from the mid-1990s. You know, attractive female scientist and roguish male outsider team up to figure out why the world’s plastic is disappearing.