I do not understand the United States anymore.
Somehow, Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh feel empowered to talk about values. These are two men who have no values other than accumulating wealth and power for themselves at the expense of others. Yet, people listen to them and feel that they are trusted sources of opinions on any number of issues for which they should be considered rank hypocrites.
Maybe this is just a dark valley that we must pass through in order to reach a better place.
On to the links…
Climate Crisis could Cause Economic Recession ‘like we’ve never seen before’—Cats and dogs living together. You get the idea.
The Enormous but Hidden Consequences of Antarctica’s Record Heat—Sometimes I feel like whatever hope I have for humanity is just crushed by an onslaught of bad news.
Good News: USA Had Largest CO2 Reduction In The World In 2019—Remember, this occurred in a country where Donald Trump was president. Imagine what could happen if we had actual leadership.
Here’s What Happens To Nature When Humans Get Out Of The Way—I have an idea. Why don’t we stop destroying nature for the profit of a few and give nature a chance to recover? Oh wait, profiteers do not care about anything except money because they feel that they can buy their way out of the apocalypse.
Can We Actually Stop Using Fossil Fuels?—It is not a question of can we, but rather what would civilization look like.
Cheap Natural Gas is Making it Very Hard to Go Green—I know natural gas is cheap right now and people are building business models based on that reality. However, anyone who has watched the natural gas market understands that there is an inherent volatility that tends to destroy the best laid plans of man.
Electric Cars Are Better For The Environment Than A 50 MPG Gasoline Car—Electric vehicles are intrinsically more efficient than an ICE vehicle. So when your Uncle Carl starts spewing about your Tesla using coal fired power from the grid just slide this image across the table:
Unless he is driving an ICE vehicle that gets more than 50 miles per gallon he is less efficient in terms of emissions. Suck it Uncle Carl.
11% Electric Vehicle Share In France!—This is not a small number. Car markets tend to move slowly with regard to change since a car is a durable good item that lasts a long time and is quite expensive.
The Electric Pickup Wars are About to Begin—As someone who currently owns both an EV and a pickup truck I can only hope that this is a true since I would love to consolidate my fleet down to a single vehicle in the next five years.
Electrifying Heat, Transport And Industry Can Lead To Deep Carbon Cuts—From the “no shit Sherlock” file. Listen, this is not news to anyone who has been talking about these issues for the past two decades. However, this is an article in Forbes so we have to consider that these opinions are fairly mainstream now. Progress is never a straight line.
Volvo Trucks VNR Electric First Drive Review—Short haul heavy duty truck routes are a big emissions source. The solution to the problem is here.
New Biorefinery Research Adds Bite To Reforestation Bark—Planting trees is a good thing. If those trees can do more than just be normal trees I guess that is all that much better.
Can the U.S. Slash Food Waste in Half in the Next Ten Years?—My assumption is that our food waste issue is a result of laziness. Like everything lately, it seems like it is going to take a crisis to reimagine our relationship to any number of pressing issues.