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Friday Linkage 7/31/2015

The end of July. School is only a few weeks away for my daughter. Where did the summer go?

On to the links…

Farmworkers Score Big in New Tomato Deal—The Coalition of Immokalee Workers just got Ahold USA to sign up to its program. This is a big win. Pressure is working.

Battle of Solar Pits Rooftop Against Utility-Scale Systems—Why not both? Seriously, why is there a conflict between these two? Oh right, follow the money…

Hillary Clinton Pledges Half a Billion Solar Panels for US—This has to be one of the easiest policy wins of recent memory. Let’s see…clean, emission free power from the sun for the next twenty five years after the panel is installed. I am sure Ted Cruz is pissed about this.

Hillary Clinton Still Won’t Take a Position on the Keystone XL Pipeline—Why is this such a hard thing for her to disavow? Keystone XL is a loser on so many levels.

Wind Energy Provides Europe With 8% Of Its Electricity In 2014-8% is a good number. I would like to see more.

Large-Scale Solar Near Parity In World’s Three Biggest Markets—When power from emission free sources is at parity with fossil fuels even accounting for the loss of subsidies we will have reached a major turning point.

First Ever US Offshore Wind Farm Gets First “Steel In Water,” No Turning Back Now—This is exciting because offshore wind has such potential. It can deliver clean, emission free wind power to the heavily and densely populated eastern seaboard.

Rocky Mountain Resorts Race to Defend their Businesses Against Climate Change—Those beautiful powder days are threatened by climate change. Skiing in late March is threatened by climate change. Does anyone care about climate change?

U.S. Craft Beer Volume Production up 16% through 1st Half of 2015—People keep waiting for the crash in craft beer explosion, but it just looks like a lot of people cannot get enough of craft beer:

Mid-Year-Craft-Production-Volume-2015-BeerPulse

Pour some more IPAs folks!

America Is Not Getting Fatter Anymore—This is amazing to me. People are consuming a lot less soda and actually paying attention to their health in terms of obesity.

Looking Up: How Farming Changed my Perspective on Rain—When you make your living from the land you take a whole new perspective on a lot of different issues. Rain is life instead of inconvenience.

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Post-Election Day Wrap Up

The post-mortem analysis of the 2014 mid-term election will continue for weeks and months, especially if expected recounts drag into December. The back of the envelope calculation is this: Republican candidates stomped to victory and now control the Senate and a number of critical governorships.

In Iowa we watched as Joni Ernst walked to an easy victory. Granted, Bruce Braley was about as dry white toast of a candidate that has ever walked the Earth. However, this is the person who made the signature slogan of her campaign “Make ‘em squeal Joni” in reference to an advertisement that alluded to hog castration.

Never mind that we re-elected imperial governor for life Terry Branstad to a record sixth term and he is making references to running again in 2018. The guy might actually be an animatronic dummy with an epic mustache instead of an actual human, but voters in Iowa might actually choose him over the baby Jesus.

Somehow Rick Scott, Scott Walker, and Sam Brownback won re-election. Brownback surprises me because he is literally running the state of Kansas into the ground. Maybe after another four years of his “leadership” the citizens of Kansas will finally puke all over themselves and elect someone who is not just holding water for the Koch Brothers.

Rick Scott is a clown, but Florida deserves him. Scott Walker is now the face of Wisconsin, for better or for worse, and the citizens of that state need to recognize the reality.

The guy who was in the most interesting position all night was Mitch McConnell. In some respects he was in a losing position no matter the outcome. He could have lost the actual election, but that appeared to be false hope for Democrats in the end. He could have ended up as minority leader again, but that outcome was pretty much dead in the water by 8 PM central standard time. Instead, he is going to be the majority leader in the Senate and he still may end up as a loser. This is a man who lacks any real charisma trying to lead a chamber full of upstarts positioning themselves for the presidential election forthcoming in 2016. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are going to be all over the place trying to make themselves look like the torch bearers for the Republicans. It’s going to be great.

What I think will be fascinating over the course of the next two years is what the Republican controlled Congress will try to achieve. For the past six years the party has acted as an opposition party out of power, disregarding the reality that it controlled the House, but now it is in the position to govern albeit with a Democratic president. My prediction is that if you thought the Newt Gingrich led Republicans overreached following the 1994 “Republican revolution” you have not seen crazy yet.

For the Democrats this election will probably come down to a discussion about money, but I think that is a false conclusion. Sure, there was a shit ton of money spent on ads but the problem for Democrats was uninspiring candidates. As 2016 comes into view and the field of presidential candidates coalesces, Democratic party leadership needs to find candidates who will be primed to take over a bucketful of vulnerable seats in an election that is almost guaranteed to be a big turnout for voters sympathetic to Democrats.

No one is asking me, but I am here to offer my opinions for free.