Is this what it looks like from the inside of a failed state? The current president cannot go a day without an unforced error blowing up in his face, leaks are rampant, confidantes are completely off message, and the orange master of ceremonies cannot let the smallest slight go unnoticed. Is it the sign of a completely unhinged personality to respond via Twitter to every perceived challenge to his authority?
On to the links…
Coal-Fired Electricity is at its Lowest since Officials Started Keeping Track—Natural gas and cheap renewables are killing coal. No one wants to live downwind from a coal plant and the death spiral is on.
The West’s Coal Giant is Going Down—You would be hard pressed to find a more controversial symbol of the coal industrial complex than the Navajo Generating Station, a giant coal fired power plant in Arizona. With decades of life left in its boilers, its operator is scheduling the beast for shutdown in 2019. This is a coal plant that burns upwards of 24,000 tons of coal per day.
Wind Energy is Setting Records in the U.S. and Around the World—Wind is cheap, a lot of people work in the industry, and even Republicans are behind the sector as they realize the political suicide of condemning something so popular. The future may not be as bright, but there is potential for hope.
New North American Wind Power Record Set In Central United States—Over 50% of the electricity served came from wind. Yes it was overnight, but it’s a start.
China Doubled Its Solar Capacity In 2016—No matter what the base, doubling the capacity of anything is a big deal. There are a lot of problems with China—one party state, authoritarian rule, etc.—but when they decide to go for something, solar in this case, they go big.
U.S. Solar Installations Jumped 95 Percent Last Year—China is not the only one to go big on solar. We were yuge!
Low Carbon Technologies Now Cost-Competitive With Fossil Fuels—Low carbon technologies are basically mainstream. Right wing reactionaries can try and stop the flood, but it is over.
5 Possible Futures for the EPA under Trump—This assumes that the Trump administration is not a flaming crater of incompetence by the end of March.
The United States of Oil and Gas—There are some amazing images that show the pervasiveness of oil and gas in our lives.
To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture—Managing productive rangeland for grazing may be on the lowest hanging fruit we have for helping to mitigate the near term impacts of climate change.
Outdoor Rec Industry Defends Public Lands—Outdoor recreation is a huge—sorry yuge—economic activity that needs to be taken into account when changes to our public lands policy are proposed. Your elected representatives need to understand the value that you place on these lands. The companies you patronize need to be reminded of the value that you place on these lands. The time is now.
This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn—I am really intrigued by this idea. Bringing the flavor of a pepper without the heat might convert some of my family members.
The Best Trick for Cutting Down on Sugar—After getting some exercise there is no better or bigger change you can make in terms of your health than cutting down or eliminating added sugar from your diet.