It’s Black Friday. I hope that you are doing something today that is not shopping related. Please.
On to the links…
Keystone XL: Police Discussed Stopping Anti-Pipeline Activists ‘by any means’–That is right, your freedoms as guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States mean nothing when an oil company wants to build a pipeline on your land. The government is in bed with the oil companies.
Global Use of Coal-Fired Electricity Set for Biggest Fall this Year–We keep fighting and we keep pushing for a coal free future. Our literal lives depend on it, literally.
Coal Knew, Too–Surprise, surprise. The coal industry is almost universally a bad actor. The coal industry treats communities, individuals, and the environment horribly in pursuit of a few extra dollars.
What A $108/kWh Battery Pack Would Mean For Tesla–I do not remember what the magic number in terms of cost was supposed to be for battery packs in EVs to speed mass adoption. Maybe it was $100 per kWh. Maybe. Regardless, Tesla appears to be getting close on a decent level of scale. Now imagine millions of battery packs being manufactured by lots of players. Scale brings cost down.
BMW Spends Billions to Secure Batteries and Drivetrains for its EVs–This is a sign that EVs are mainstream. It is important to remember that many automobile manufacturers plan along 5-10 year time horizons given the lead times for things like stampings, etc.
Strike for Sunshine–Everyone on the left keeps waiting for a revival of organized labor in America. Maybe the ideas behind the Green New Deal can spark a revival, but I am skeptical. I do believe, however, that old school shoe leather organizing of workers across the industrial spectrum is what is needed. Imagine a better world where Amazon warehouse workers, WalMart employees, and whoever else are unionized.
Clean Energy Technology was Thought to be Uninvestable. One Fund Thinks Otherwise–I am very leery of the “smart money” of Wall Street. However, access to lots of capital may help speed development of clean energy. I just hope that this is not a Faustian bargain.
How Bamboo Building Can Cool the Climate–Bamboo is just cool.
Kids In Finland Ride Their Bicycles To School In -17°C Weather–People at work look at me strangely when I go on a walk outside in weather that just hovers around freezing. Imagine what they would say if I let my kids bike to school in even colder weather. Oh wait, my son walks to school year round.
Coca-Cola Sweden First Market To Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic–This is the absolute bare minimum that we should accept from packaged food makers. If you cannot package your product in 100% recycled materials you cannot put your product up for sale. Simple.