It’s 2018 and it’s cold. I am not just talking about the relationships in and out of the Trump White House either.
Since it is so cold across much of the United States I am waiting for James Inhofe to give one of his patented rants about how winter disproves any science about global warming or climate change. It will happen as surely as taxes, ridiculous tweets by Trump, and bad midseason television shows.
On to the links…
Ryan Zinke Taps almost $40,000 from Wildfire Preparedness Fund to Pay for a Helicopter Trip—Scandal and corruption have a name. That name is Ryan Zinke and he is the head of the Department of the Interior. The government is nothing but a slush fund for these kleptocrats to live high on the hog while the Donald tweets his latest brain fart.
Vehicles are Now America’s Biggest CO2 Source but EPA is Tearing up Regulations—Reducing our use of fossil fuels for transportation is the single biggest challenge facing us in the coming years. However, it is one the easiest things for individuals to reduce given our profligate use of personal automobiles for transportation.
Norway Reaches Carbon Emissions Goal From Transportation 3 Years Early, Thanks To Tesla—The solutions to reduce our transportation emissions exist. It is a question of political will and money. Norway did it.
100% — Chinese City’s Record-Smashing 16,359 Electric Bus Fleet—Shenzen went all EV for its bus fleet. Imagine if the major U.S. cities made this kind of commitment? It would mean a huge buildout in charging infrastructure and demand for EV busses that would drive down the cost for smaller fleets. It’s a virtuous circle of EV awesomeness.
Finance Institutions Are Making a Massive Investment in Solar—Is this where the worm turns? Once financial institutions choose renewables over fossil fuels it will be increasingly difficult for the legacy energy regime to finance expansion in any economical manner which will be a death knell for the future of those fuels. We can hope.
The Dutch Plan to Build an Artificial Island to Support the World’s Largest Wind Farm—The Dutch are not fooling around when it comes to wind. 30 GW of wind power is a huge amount. How huge? 30 GW roughly equates to 30,000 MW of capacity. In real terms that represents more than 4 times the wind power installed in the state of Iowa.
New York to Procure 800 MW of Offshore Wind in Next Two Years—After seeing what the Dutch are doing this does not seem like much, but any progress is progress.
Trump Holds Geothermal Card Up His Sleeve When Pitching “Energy Dominance”—What role does geothermal energy play in the future energy mix? Like hydro, geothermal tends to be a forgotten player despite its benefits of being near baseload power and having a lot of unexplored potential. The fact that the Trump administration has the near future in its hands—however tiny—makes me very nervous.
Nuclear Agency Has The Hots For Solar Energy Windows—I have the hots for solar windows. Imagine every multistory building with a glass façade generating electricity because it was covered in transparent solar glass. That is the future, man.
Takeout Creates a Lot of Trash. It Doesn’t Have To.—Normally, I do not patronize takeout. Choosing to dine in or eat homecooked meals is my modus operandi. However, this past week I brought some takeout beignets from the Lost Cajun in Breckenridge to our friend’s condo. I can attest to the waste of takeout.
Tom Brady Is Drowning In His Own Pseudoscience—Like Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, Tom Brady and his junk science doctor are peddling some serious bullshit. Here is my two cents: If someone is giving you health advice and also selling an item to further that same advice take the time to question the veracity of every claim. This includes the health advice from your doctor. And Tom Brady. Especially Tom Brady.