Like many people I will miss Anthony Bourdain’s perspective on the world. Although he began his career as just a “food” writer he evolved into something much more without losing the common lens we share that is food.
However, at the end I just want everyone to take a moment and read the 1999 article that started it all. Don’t order the fish on Mondays.
On to the links…
EPA Proposes Changes to How It Measures Costs and Benefits of Regulation—Let me give you an idea of how this is going to work in practice. Pollution, despite being proven to cost lives, is not going to be regulated because it might cost a big business money and that would mean that Scott Pruitt would have less money for fancy lotion.
This Freaking Guy, Part Infinity—Speaking of lotion…
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tapped Aide, Donors to Help Wife Land Job at Conservative Group—I am guessing that they Chick-fil-A franchise fell through. Oh well, just use your position and influence to get your wife a cushy job on a think tank or PAC.
More and More Republicans are Turning on Scandal-Plagued Scott Pruitt—I do not care how weary no talent ass clowns like James Inhofe get because there is no action to get rid of the most ethically challenged cabinet secretary in modern history.
Why Trump Would Really, Really Rather not Fire Scott Pruitt—In Donald Trump’s mind Scott Pruitt is a “winner” and you do not fire winners unless they somehow manage to outshine the head cheese puff in the Oval Office.
Scott Pruitt Ate at the White House Mess So Often They Asked Him to Stop—The man is nothing more than a dime store grifter. He is the type of person who steals other people’s food from the refrigerator at work because he is too cheap to buy his own lunch.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Made at Least $82 Million in Outside Income Last Year While Serving in the White House—No one in this administration is serving the public in the traditional sense. These people are using the trappings of public office to line their pockets. Everything else is just secondary to looting America before America wises up.
DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations—Everything is about messaging and perception. Nonetheless, the messaging here is clear going forward. Fossil fuels are the past and clean energy is the future. If you want to be part of the future do not vote for anyone resembling a Republican.
FERC Commissioners Agree: No Grid Emergency Exists to Justify Coal, Nuclear Bailout—Trump’s plan to line coal barons’ pockets with our money is running into the reality that no one actually likes the plan. Oh, and the emergency does not exist for them to use national security as an excuse.
Arizona Water Utility Chooses Solar Over Coal—This might be the final nail in the coffin for the notorious Navajo Generating Station, which is closer to retirement now than ever before. The other issue here is that a water utility chose solar over coal, which is like your conservative Uncle Carl coming to Thanksgiving Dinner in a Nissan Leaf.
US Solar Tariffs Cost Billions In Cancelled Projects, But 2018 To Remain Flat In “Actually Good News”—The had cheese puff may be trying to strangle solar with tariffs, but the economics are strong with this one.
Uneconomic Coal Could Be Squeezed Out Of European Union Power Markets By 2030—Obviously a lot has to happen for this to actually occur and a little less than 12 years is a long time. However, check out Western Europe:
The big blue blob of Germany in the middle makes me concerned.
It’s so Cheap to Drive Electric Even Trump’s Administration Can’t Ignore It—Maybe Uncle Carl will be coming to Thanksgiving in a Nissan Leaf.
Scotland Hits Annual GHG Emissions Target Third Year Running—It is not all bad news out there.
How America’s Hunting Culture Shaped Masculinity, Environmentalism, and the NRA—America used to have a hunting culture. It does not have a hunting culture that is broadly based anymore.
Are These ‘Biodegradable’ Water Balloons Really Biodegradable?—These bunch of balloons are the bane of my existence in the summer. I think that my yard is basically mulched in multi-color rubber.
What Can we Do?—Despite how bad things might seem when you turn on the news, just take a breath, and realize that there is a lot that we can do as individuals and small communities to improve the world. We have the tools.