July really walloped us with heat and humidity this week in eastern Iowa. After a wet and cool May and June, this month came in hot, humid, breezy, and dry. It is just strange to be talking about high humidity and the soil drying out at the same time. Yet, here we are.
On to the links…
The Most Important Thing You Can do Right Now to Fight Climate Change, According to Science—The best thing we can do is to keep hammering away at building consensus.
The Biggest Lie in Trump’s Environmental Speech Today—The fact that Ol’ Donnie Two Scoops felt the need to walk up to the podium and deliver a speech about his “environmental leadership” is, perhaps, the most appalling example of the man’s deranged ego run amok.
Tree Planting ‘Has Mind-Blowing Potential’ to Tackle Climate Crisis—Regardless of the degree to which this would be effective in combating climate change the question remains: What is the downside? We have more forests?
Toilet Paper is Getting Less Sustainable, Researchers Warn—If your toilet paper is not recycled or tree free you are wiping your ass with carbon. Until you clean up your triple ply, soft as angel wings toilet paper habit you are just destroying forests.
Beverage Companies Embrace Recycling, Until It Costs Them—I live in a state with a longstanding bottle deposit law and every couple of years the beverage industry lines up to try for repeal. That is how you know it must be working to some degree. Anything that can unite companies that normally fight like cats and dogs must be some kind of good.
New Wyoming Coal Company Abandons Mines and Miners—Coal companies have always treated workers like crap. It is now just getting more mainstream coverage.
First Major U.S. Insurance Company Moves Away from Coal—Boring but important notice: If you cannot get insurance a lot of projects cannot get financing. Financing is the lifeblood of fossil fuel projects.
This Is Exactly Why Clean Coal Is A Joke—There can never be “clean coal.” Just like there cannot be “safe crystal meth” or “healthy White Castle.”
A President, A Parasite And A National Energy Policy Gone Awry—It is amazing that people want clean air and clean water. Oh wait, that is just basic knowledge about humans desires.
Cheap Clean Energy Makes New Natural Gas A Risky Bet Utility Regulators Should Avoid—This is an editorial written in Forbes, bot Mother Jones.
It’s Time to Expand the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit—Again, Forbes. It is like these ideas are hitting the mainstream.
Why Blue Jeans are Going Green—It may seem like we live in a business casual and athleisure wear world, but blue jeans are still a core component of our fashion lives. These pants also happen to be an ecological nightmare.
Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner—Commodity agricultural practices have led us down this path and it is not sustainable.
One-Fifth of Americans are Responsible for Half the Country’s Food-Based Emissions—It’s almost like the 80/20 rule for emissions. It just goes to show that relatively small changes for a slice of the population can make a big difference in emissions. Too bad these are also the same people who gobble up “MAGA” hats and loudly proclaim Trump the be the biblical Cryrus.
8 Charts on How Americans Use Air Conditioning—The air conditioning impacts are too damn high! The fact that almost twenty percent of people set their thermostats below 70 degrees is mind blowing to me.