With July 4th falling on a Thursday this year it makes for a rather strange week. If you are not taking vacation, like half of my building it seems, you get a day off near the end of the week and have to come back for a Friday.
It’s like a ghost town in the office right now.
On to the links…
What Will Our 2040 Energy Future Look Like?—These forecasts have a way of being very wrong when market forces and technology collide to change the paradigm. However, when a relatively conservative news outlet like Forbes is sounding the death knell for certain fossil fuels you know something is up.
There’s a New EPA Air Sheriff in Town, and She’s Got a Shaky Grasp on Climate—Where is the Trump administration finding so many barrel bottoms to scrape these political appointees from? How soon before Sean Hannity is appointed to be Secretary of State or some such BS?
The Sack Of Washington—Oh wait, it is like a concerted plan by the most polluting industries to destroy the EPA from within. I was giving ol’ Donnie Two Scoops too much credit. [LINK: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/two-scoops%5D
For the First Time Ever Renewables Beat Coal in the US—23% of U.S. power in April was generated by renewables. 23%!
Market Efficiency, Not Regulation, Is Driving People from Coal—Nothing Donald Trump does can stop this from happening. His actions can slow down progress, but come January 2021 the game us up.
As Trump Attempts to Prop Up the Struggling Coal Industry, Illinois is Taking Another Step Away from its Dirtiest Source of Electricity—Illinois is merely pushing over a tottering industry. The article states that the eight coal fired power plants at risk for closure are already uneconomic to operate.
A 100% Renewable Grid isn’t Just Feasible, it’s in the Works in Europe—I have said this many times on this blog, do you remember a time when skeptics said renewables could only be a small portion of our electricity generation? First, it was no more than 5%. Then it was adjusted higher. Each time renewables exceed a certain threshold the skeptics just keep adjusting higher. 100% is going to be the upper limit.
Fracking Creates A Glut Of Fossil Fuels & A Mountain Of Debt—If you want to destroy value just invest in the fracking industry. Don’t listen to me, listen to a former shale gas executive lay it out:
The shale gas revolution has frankly been an unmitigated disaster for any buy-and-hold investor in the shale gas industry with very few limited exceptions. In fact, I’m not aware of another case of a disruptive technological change that has done so much harm to the industry that created the change. While hundreds of billions of dollars of benefits have accrued to hundreds of millions of people, the amount of shareholder value destruction registers in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The industry is self-destructive.
Cement Production makes More CO2 than all the Trucks in the World—Our love affair with cement and concrete is killing the planet. This is why tall timber buildings are the future.
Shipping Sector Comes Under Increasing Pressure To Cut Its Carbon Footprint—This is why it is so critical to stop buying so much stuff. That stuff we buy has to be shipped and shipping is a carbon bomb.
Cities are Beginning to Own Up to the Climate Impacts of What they Consume—What we consume has a direct relationship to our carbon emissions. Consume less, emit less. As the economic engines of the modern world cities have a lot of power to change consumption patterns.
One Man Is Trying to Fight Climate Change By Mobilizing an Unlikely Team: Iowa’s Farmers—Actual farmers, as opposed to giant corporations and absentee land owners, care about the soil because these men and women understand that the soil is what sustains generations upon the land. We need to support policies that reinforce these beliefs at the expense of the agricultural industrial complex.
Big Farms Find Easy Ways around Trump Trade Aid Limits—Color me surprised that big corporate agricultural interests found a way to work around rules meant to benefit smaller producers. Oh wait, that is basically how agricultural policy in the United States has worked for the past fifty years or so.
Everything You Need to Know about the Booming Business of Fighting Food Waste—We waste a lot of food. Combating food waste is both an economic and environmental imperative.
Give Your Yard Back to Nature—Every square foot of turf grass that we replace with low maintenance native plants is a victory for bugs and the land. Our never ending expanses of artificially green turf grass is an eco-catastrophe.
The Mycelium Revolution Is upon Us—There is a fungus among us. Sorry, I could not help myself.