Could Washington D.C. be a bigger shit show right now? Just when you think that American democracy has hit a new low, Donald J. Trump and his sycophants come out with some new affront to decency. At what point do people look around and tally up the damage done—Russia, cronyism, nepotism, money laundering, and the list goes on for sure? Is it 2018 yet?
On to the links…
This One Quote Shows What Angry White Guys Mean when They Talk About Government Overreach—Nothing says America like making a truck belch thick plumes of diesel smoke. Oh wait, nothing says ‘Merica quite like the practice of rolling coal. My bad. The sooner that politicians stop pandering to this segment of society the sooner we can move on to a more advanced phase of our development as a country.
The Trump Administration Is Teeming With Climate-Change Deniers—It is like Donald Trump sat down with his chief of staff and asked, “Can you find me the biggest sack of sorry ass climate deniers to staff my administration with because…fake news. Sad. Isn’t Ivanka amazing?”
Scott Pruitt Is Using the Bible as His Guide for Reorganizing EPA’s Science Boards—If you thought it could not get worse, it usually does with the Trump administration. I always wonder why these guys manage to peel out the parts of the Bible that they like without actually having to follow all of its prescriptions like, say, not eating shrimp. Just consider this list of things “banned” in Leviticus.
Scandals Pile up for Interior Secretary—Sam Clovis did not even get to assume his post, so maybe we can now focus on the organizational dumpster fire that is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. We’ve got campaign finance chicanery, disaster relief scandals, plane scandals, and a whole bag full of other crap.
Global Solar Market Demand Expected To Reach 100 Gigawatts In 2017—What does 100 GW mean? It would be a 30% increase over what was installed in 2016. This makes solar the fastest growing form of energy in the world.
US Wind Energy Pipeline Nears 30 Gigawatts—This is not 30 GW worldwide, but 30 GW just in the United States. Suck it coal.
Trump Admin. Desperate To Keep Coal Power Plant Alive With Taxpayer Dollars—It is not and it never was about the free market. Trump’s obsession with coal goes back to his need for adoration and coal barons are always ready to give Trump the love because he is their last hope. The market does not love them. The utilities do not love them. Trump does love him some coal.
Italy To Phase Out Coal By 2025—Another one bites the dust.
Electric Buses are Coming, and They’re Going to Help Fix 4 Big Urban Problems—If I had to put my money behind the electrification of transportation in America I would start with buses and garbage trucks. There are few vehicles I see that could benefit from the advantages of an electric drivetrains and getting black smoke billowing diesel engines out of our cities would be a good thing.
Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?—The moral of this story is that it is hard to undo damage. Especially when that damage occurred over a thousand years ago and your country happens to be a volcanic hot zone. It does not mean, however, that you do not try.
If You Care About Cleantech, You Have To Change Your Diet—There are few more impactful things you can do in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than changing your diet to one that does not feature meat or other animal products.
Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight, Explained with 60+ Studies—You are what you eat. Literally. It does however make sense for you to exercise to be healthy. There is nothing more liberating than following an exercise regimen to reach a goal that is not weight specific. The scale is no longer your enemy. It’s just another diagnostic tool.