Is anyone else going to spend the weekend consciously avoiding the Super Bowl? Maybe it is a good weekend to hit up the local ski hill. #OptOutside does not just have to be about the day after Thanksgiving.
On to the links…
Iowa Lawmakers Consider Ditching State’s Energy Efficiency Programs—These programs are popular. These programs save people money. These programs save energy. What say you Republicans? Kill it! It is as if Republicans across the country have spent the last year huffing paint fumes and decided that they were going to gut popular programs nationwide in one orgy of political self immolation.
Trumps Asked for a Van Gogh; The Guggenheim Offered this Gold Toilet—This is just too perfect. Who said museum directors do not have a sense of humor?
Scott Pruitt’s First Senate Oversight Hearing Was a Total Sham—Sham? I was going to go for goat rope or shit show myself. What do you say Scott:
EPA Uses Posters to Troll its Own Employees—Just when you thought it could not get more Orwellian under the Trump administration Scott Pruitt comes out of his hole—soundproof and guarded by an around the clock security detail—to one up everyone else.
New Emails Reveal Scott Pruitt was Personally Involved in Erasing Climate Data from EPA Website—It’s our boy again. He really hates the truth doesn’t he?
Scott Pruitt is Slowly Strangling the EPA—Scott Pruitt has basically stopped the EPA from doing its mandated job because he does not like anyone getting in the way of the fossil fuel industry. He is a paid lackey of oil and gas. Nothing more and nothing less.
Don’t Look, But a Couple of Mega-Companies Are About to Take Over Your Food Supply—You may not pay attention to mergers between agri-chemical giants, but you should. Our farm economy is going to be pinned between a few gigantic suppliers of inputs and a few gigantic buyers of commodities.
Cliven Bundy Is a Free Man. His Cows Are Still a Nuisance.—Cliven Bundy is a scam artist. His children are fellow scam artists. He has shown that he has no principles and cares only for keeping his name in the news as a way to keep dollars flowing in what is surely some twisted scheme.
The Real Lesson of the Energiewende is that the German Economy uses Too Much Energy—There is something important in this line of thinking. We can never deploy enough renewables or enough clean energy if we do not adjust both the volume and patterns of our consumption.
The Allure of Horse-Powered Farms—I do not know about allure, but it sure looks a lot more peaceful than the mechanized warfare of a modern farm.
Seabins want to be the garbage cans of the ocean—How do we deploy these things into every marina in the country? Seriously, how much could it really cost?
The Future of Nuclear Power? Think Small—Nuclear energy is like a zombie. This idea never dies.
LPGAer And Frequent Trump Golf Partner: “He Cheats Like Hell”—I am sure just as he is pocketing his ball on a “gimme” 35 foot two break putt he is telling everyone within earshot that he is the best golfer. So good, in fact, that if he had not wanted to be a multiple time bankrupt developer he would have gone on the PGA tour. No lie. The best. Tremendous. Put me down for a birdie.