Heading out on vacation in a few hours because nothing says relaxing like Orlando in August with your extended family. There is absolutely nothing quite like late summer Florida heat and humidity to really bring people together. At least there will be Dole Whip.
On to the links…
Utah Commission: Keep “Negro Bill Canyon” the Same—Between the zealots who cannot stop fighting the Civil War by idiotically flying what they assume is the flag of the Confederacy—when in truth it is bastardization of a battle flag flown by either the Army of Northern Virginia or the Army of Tennessee—to maintaining symbols of hate like this we will never grow as a nation.
How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico—It will never happen with the current White House and most of the governors being Republicans, but there should be a national program to pay farmers to deploy cover crops. No single action would be better for the health of the Gulf of Mexico and our nation’s water quality. It is a proven solution.
How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God—Be wary of the man who claims to be godly, but spends his time talking about earthly matters. It usually means that he is hiding an agenda and using a veneer of piety as a shield against criticism. As I tell people all the time, “I do not remember a single passage in the bible where Jesus talks about the rights of oil companies to drill on public lands.”
Americans Are Using Less Electricity Today Than A Decade Ago—The key caveat here is per capita. There are more people, but we are using less electricity per each person.
Thanks To Co-op, Small Iowa Town Goes Big On Solar—I went to a wedding this summer just outside of Kalona and the solar panels were all over the place. Ground mount arrays were at almost every farm that was not owned by an older order Amish or Mennonite family. If everyone could embrace solar like the customers of Farmers Electric Cooperative the world would be a better place.
Dirty Energy’s Quiet War on Solar Panels—They can try and stem the tide but solar panels will win in the end. The guys who put the panels on my house this week were booked solid with jobs for the rest of the summer and fall. Solar power is real and it is here.
To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels—It’s not just about south facing roofs anymore. As someone who has installed a west facing array—270 degree azimuth baby—I cannot wait to see how my peak production lines up with the duck curve.
Shell Oil CEO Stunner: ‘My Next Car will be Electric’—The worm has turned.
More New Yorkers Opting for Life in the Bike Lane—Bikes are amazing and can be a major component of the mobility solutions puzzle we, as a nation and species, are trying to solve. Seriously, if people are willing to bike in New York City you should be willing to bike in Cedar Rapids.
A Perfect Illustration of the Spatial Inefficiency of the Automobile—Remember, if you work in a cubicle your parking space is bigger than your office. What do we truly value?
Pedal Power: How Denver Bike Crews are Rescuing Food from Landfills One Ride at a Time—I love this business model. Collect scraps—for a fee—with a no-emissions bicycle and create wonderful compost to nourish the soil.
Here’s Proof the Average U.S. Household Isn’t the ‘Dumb Money’—I spent twenty one months in business school listening to the icons of “smart money” tell aspiring investment bankers how they were the masters of the universe and what not. The financial crisis in 2008 was a total nut punch to these guys, but it obviously did not make them humble.
Papa John’s has Made a Gluten-Free Pizza that Gluten-Intolerant Diners can’t Eat—Here is proof that the gluten free trend is not about people with celiac disease and more about marketing.
Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech—Soy leghemoglobin may be an allergen, but I love the government’s concern. I also find it stunning that the FDA has acted so quickly when other problems in our food system are persistent and pernicious going on for years and decades without any government intervention. Do you think big meat is behind this? Oh yeah…