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Friday Linkage 2/3/2017

Well, this week happened.  It was a week in which I found myself agreeing with Dick freaking Cheney.  The man better known as W’s Darth Vader actually came out against Trump’s horrible ban on refugees as “against everything we stand for and believe in.

Never mind the failure to actually limit immigration or entry into the United States from countries that have exported terror to the United States—yes, I am wondering why Saudi Arabia was left off the list and it could not have anything to do with Trump’s sons business dealings.  You remember that Eric and Don Jr. are running the empire now, right?

On to the links…

This Map Might Make You Think Twice About Trump’s Immigration Ban—I wonder why Donald Trump and Steve Bannon did not include Saudi Arabia—home to almost all of the 9/11 terrorists—on their list of countries?  Oh right, conflicts of interest:

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Republican Bill to Privatize Public Lands is Yanked after Outcry—Your voices matter.  When a snake oil salesman like Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is forced to back down amid public outcry, you know something is working in this messed up world.  Keep up the heat and make sure that every member of Congress knows that we are watching.

‘It’s A Big One’: Iowa Pipeline Leaks—The number of gallons of diesel fuel leaked is being debated.  Of course the oil company says it is fewer than reported, but who really believes them?  Remember this every time someone says that oil pipelines are so safe.

US Coal Industry Will Continue Historic Decline Through 2017—In spite of Donald Trump’s rhetoric coal will continue to fall out of favor in the U.S.  It is called a death spiral for a reason.

The Great Energy Disruption—When you go back and look at these projections, as the author points out, many of the assumptions driving the models are wrong…to the better.  Renewable energy generation has gotten cheaper, faster.  Energy storage has gotten cheaper, faster.  The beat goes on.

Who Installs More Solar Power? Republicans and Democrats are Pretty Much Tied.—Must not be any of the Republicans elected to Congress.  Those guys hate solar.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt May Be The Start Of The Everyday Electric Revolution—This is why the Chevy Bolt may be the true winner of the electric vehicle war to come…it’s kind of boring, in an everyday get my stuff done kind of way.

The Next EV Revolution: Think Trucks and Buses—If you are looking to get some serious savings in terms of oil consumed in the transportation sector look to heavy duty commercial vehicles.  This quote from the article encapsulates the opportunity perfectly: While medium and heavy trucks account for only 4% of America’s 250+ million vehicles, they represent 26% of American fuel use and 29% of vehicle CO2 emissions.

Chart of the Month: Driven by Tesla, Battery Prices Cut in Half since 2014—Think about that for a moment—battery costs have been cut in half in approximately three years.  This is before the Gigafactory and mainstream EVs really hit the market bringing some true economies of scale to bear:

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Going Local: The Solution-Multiplier—In the age of Trump local matter more than ever.

Diageo Opening Guinness Brewery in US—With all the great craft beer in America, do we really need Guinness to open up a destination brewery?  I have had their rye pale ale and it does not belong on the shelf with a hundred other great American beers.

Nation’s Bacon Reserves hit 50-year Low as Prices Rise—In case your week was not crappy enough there may not be enough sweet, savory, delicious bacon to salve our wounded souls in the era of Trump.  WTF?

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Cooking with Beer on a Rainy Weekend

When it rains for most of the weekend like it did here in eastern Iowa this past Saturday and Sunday, I just want to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and read a book.  It helps set the mood if something is slowly simmering in the slow cooker for eight hours.  It gets even better when that something is simmering in high quality beer.  Oh, how will I ever get all of these things accomplished?

My dad sent me a recipe a while back for a slow cooker stew that combined two of my favorite things: bacon and beer.  Sure, there were other ingredients but who really cares once you get to bacon and beer?

Considering that he was coming over for a movie night with my daughter it seemed the opportune time to break out his suggestion.  The recipe called for approximately 14 ounces of stout—conveniently about the same size as a can of Guinness commonly available in cans in the U.S.

Unfortunately, I did not have any of the rye stout I have recently brewed available.  Heck, it is not even in bottles yet so I will not be enjoying any of that particular batch until I return from vacation in March.  So, it was off to the liquor store to see what kinds of stouts were available.  I did not want to go the Guinness route—it was less an indictment of Guinness and more a desire to just be different.  Rogue’s Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout would be different:

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

I am a huge fan of this beer when it is on tap.  If you are every in Iowa City, head to the Sanctuary near the University of Iowa and have them pour you a glass.  The atmosphere of the place is perfect to enjoy a pint of this well-done brew.  With the recipe only calling for 14 ounces, I got to enjoy the other 8.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

BTW, I am also a huge fan of Rogue’s bottle art.  It’s simple and distinctive in one fell swoop which is more than I can say for so many craft beers.

The verdict on the stew?  Kind of weak, honestly.  It was like one of those moments on Top Chef where the contestant is just baffled that the dish they slaved over lacks any punch when it comes to flavor.  I cannot put my finger on it, but this stew really lacked flavor.  The bacon got lost and the stout was nowhere to be found either.  Interesting.  Oh well, there will be more rainy days for the slow cooker.