There is a moment in most B-grade epic fantasy movies where a wizened character will state, “The end game has begun.”
I feel that way about the forthcoming federal election that is set to culminate on November 4th. We are watching, in real time, the end game. I am just unsure at this moment whether it is an end game for the President and his Republican enablers or for America in general.
My hope is that by the end of election night the results are so overwhelming against the worst president in the history of the United States that no amount of “boogaloo” boys or whatever other halfwit militia shit will just wither in the cold fall air. Maybe Don Jr. can make a career out of speaking at militia gatherings with the other horrible people who have been given agency over the past four years.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
The Cheapest Climate Solution? Return Half of the Planet to Nature—It is so simple that it is almost diabolical. Imagine a global campaign of work to give degraded areas a hand up on the path toward being wild again.
How Maverick Rewilders are Trying to Turn Back the Tide of Extinction—Today’s maverick is tomorrow’s genius.
Woodland Trust to Plant 50 Million Trees over 5 Years to Fight Climate Crisis—I applaud these efforts, but the dollar figures are just pathetic. An emergency fun with just one million pounds to help ameliorate the impacts of climate change? Most Premiere League teams will spend more in a few weeks on a transfer for a washed up former star in the hopes of making the top four. Why not 50 billion trees over five years?
A Bold Plan to Protect 30% of Colorado Lands and Waters by 2030—I remember a time when Colorado was a land of gun toting ranchers and reliable Republicans. This is still true on the Western slope and Eastern plains, but the state is all about protecting its outdoors.
Healthy Forests do More than Just Prevent Wildfires—There is so much more to forests than just beautiful vistas and trees.
Sorry, Coal: 66% Conversion Efficiency Eyeballed For Next-Gen “Hot Carrler” Perovskite Solar Cells—These kind of numbers will blow fossil fuels away.
Why Does The Pandemic Not Seem To Be Hurting Renewables?—One word: business. I mean that it just makes business sense to deploy renewables.
What Is Happening With Solar Energy?—Here is the line that should scare anyone who drills, fracks, or mines for energy:
According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020, photovoltaic solar energy is already the cheapest source of electricity in history. We are not talking about the future, but about the present, about current installations.
More School Districts are Turning to Solar Energy—Solar energy is like running downhill. Everything keeps going faster and faster.
How The Oil Industry Fared Under The Last Nine U.S. Presidents—A little historical perspective and hopefully the last time I link to an article with Trump’s smug grin.
Geothermal Energy is Poised for a Big Breakout—In the bid to add carbon free baseload energy to the grid, geothermal may be the ticket. And it comes without all of the problems associated with current generation nuclear power.
Understanding How ‘Overdispersion’ Works is Key to Controlling Covid—There is just so much that we do not know and trying to figure things out is complicated by stupid people with political agendas that force bad outcomes upon us. Yes, I am looking at anyone who is an anti-vaxxer or Trump supporter. This is your fault.