It has been an odd few weeks. For a good portion of that time I was on a forced digital detox as my work computer went belly up—twice!—and some of my frequently used online accounts were frozen as a result of a fault in some encryption software. To make a long story short my work computer failing sent out a signal to my online accounts that someone was trying to do something nefarious in my name. Thus I spent two weeks in a sort of 1990s like on line presence. It was actually kind of refreshing.
Now, I am back online and back at it…which also means that I am witness to the insanity of our world yet again.
On to the links…
One Year In, Trump’s Environmental Agenda is Already Taking a Measurable Toll—The Trump administration may seem incompetent and, in many ways, the people running government are truly clueless. However, when it comes to rolling back progress on environmental issues he has picked some real go getters.
In Colorado, a Glimpse of Renewable Energy’s Insanely Cheap Future—The future is here. These prices are for projects to be built by companies looking to make money. This is not some speculative investment in burgeoning technologies. This is mature, utility scale renewable energy being offered in a competitive solicitation.
Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise—Remember this every time that you hear someone like Rick Perry or Scott Pruitt say that industry will do what is right because of…reasons. The only thing these companies will do is try to extract the maximum amount of money with the minimum amount of inputs. Once you view them through that lens then none of the subsequent behavior is surprising.
Several Key Coal States Lost More Jobs than they Gained in Trump’s First Year—My father used to say that dinosaurs do not appear dead for a while because it takes them a little longer to roll over. Coal is rolling over despite Tump’s best attempts—Rick Perry, at his finest, and wearing hard hats at rallies—at creating a renaissance.
Australia Will Meet 2020 Renewable Energy Target Following Record Investments—Everyone seems to be putting more money into the renewable energy game. Will the U.S. end of getting left behind? Not in the Kirk Cameron bad movie sense either.
Saudi Arabia Plans Up to $7 Billion of Renewable Energy Projects This Year—Why? Use fewer fossil fuels at home, so that they can export more fossil fuels abroad. What happens if no one is there to buy the fossil fuels?
The ski resorts of the West—I want this map. Christmas present anyone?
Athletes Who Are the Same Size as Donald Trump—This is the thing that drives me nuts about Trump more than anything: he has to be the “best” at everything even when the preponderance of evidence staring him and everyone else in the face tells a different story. He is a spoiled rich kid who spent his whole life telling everyone the same lie, “I’m the most amazing…” It’s just too bad enough suckers actually believed him and voted for him to become president thus perpetuating this lie.