November 9th was a day of some serious despair, but I see a lot of potential in the awakening of a progressive spirit and an exposure of the right wing’s anti-people agenda. Yes, it will be a lot of work to make any kind of meaningful change given the dynamics of elections in the U.S. Yes, Donald Trump is a dumpster fire in human form that happens to inhabit the Oval Office. However, there has been a spark that has ignited a liberal fire like no other time in recent memory.
On to the links…
U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lowest Since 1994—A lot of this decline has to do with the replacement of coal with natural gas in the electrical generation sector and a recession that dampened demand across a whole host of industries. Nonetheless, the data is compelling:
The Future of Solar Power Technology is Bright—No matter what the political environment looks like in the future, the potential of solar is very real.
Record Wind & Solar Keep The Lights On In NSW As Coal & Gas Went Missing—Renewable energy can make the grid more reliable. This should put the argument about intermittency to bed.
Wind Technician Jobs Growing, in Iowa and Nationally—The sooner that everyone realizes that there are more people working in renewable energy jobs, like wind turbine technicians, the sooner that we can get past the narrative of coal jobs being the only energy jobs that matter.
Drilling Experts Explain why Trump Can’t Bring Back Oilfield Jobs—The jobs will not be coming back because like coal before it automation and market changes are driving the need for actual human labor down.
University of Iowa Announces it will be Coal-Free by 2025—Each power generating facility or consumer that goes coal-free is another brick in the wall in eliminating coal from our energy infrastructure. Yes, it will take a long time. Yes, it is inevitable if we keep up the pressure.
Petcoke Piles Gone, but Another Dangerous Pollutant Discovered in the Air—If you think that there is no place for the EPA it is likely that you do not live in a community affected by this kind of pollution. Low income communities are at the mercy of polluters because they do not have the political clout of the Koch brothers.
Which Ski Run Is Better for the Planet?—Ski hills go out of business. What comes after is hard to imagine as you spend your days sliding. However, the way we develop ski runs can make a major difference for the next stage of the land’s lifecycle.
Almost Every Packaged Food Comes from These Two Companies—The merger between Kraft Heinz and Unilever may have died, but this should give you some sense as to how consolidated the center aisles of the grocery store have become.
Olive Oil Shortage Looms as Prices and Demand Rise—Climate change has come for our coffee, chocolate, and hops. Now olive oil is the crosshairs. When will the larger populace realize that the impacts of climate change is here.
Fifth of World’s Food Lost to Over-Eating and Waste—Food insecurity is not a question of production it is a question of distribution, availability, and affordability. It is a god damned shame that we live in a world where a significant portion of the world’s population is overweight while a similarly large portion of the world’s population is food insecure.