A person could not make this shit up, yet we find the President of the United States and his surrogates managing to stretch the boundaries of what we consider possible in this country. The latest giant pile of dog doo that these people have stepped in is using clip art of Russian soldiers and aircraft in a fundraising advertisement.
I do not even know what to say anymore. Well, I would like to say that it is imperitive that you get out to vote. Vote early if you can. Vote by mail if you must. Just get out and vote so that we can end this national nightmare as soon as freaking possible.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
A Third of Americans Might Refuse a Covid-19 Vaccine. How Screwed are We?—We, as a country, have spent years, if not decades, coddling the feelings of the anti-vaccine community. Now, when we need everyone to get on board there is going to be a huge pushback.
New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States—This is some truly scary reporting.
Oil Industry Surprised By Trump’s Extension Of Offshore Drilling Ban. The Only Question Is ‘Why?’—The “why” is always very easy with Trump. Donnie Two Scoops is afraid that he is going to lose his bid for reelection because he is the worst president in the history of the United States and losing Florida or Georgia would spell doom. So, he has made a deal so to speak.
OPEC Cuts 2020 Oil Demand Forecast, Trims 2021 Outlook on Pandemic Fallout—It seems like every few years we start to talk about peak oil in some respect. Some years it is peak oil supply, which is the famous Hubbert’s Peak. Lately, it has been peak oil demand. Maybe the world is reaching satiation when it comes to black gold.
The End of Oil is Near, or Maybe Not—It is fanciful to talk about the end of oil, but maybe it is the beginning of the end.
Oil Prices Stay Anemic As Fears Of Endless Covid Hit Demand Forecasts—If people are not commuting to work they are not buying gasoline for their cars. The market is already oversupplied and there are big players with a lot of barrels out of production.
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may Not be Drilled—There are just economic, political, and legal headwinds. What oil company wouldn’t want to invest billions of dollars and years of effort to drill in a harsh environment for a commodity that may already be oversupplied?
How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled—The plastic in your blue recycling bin was always going to end up as trash. The process of rinsing and sorting was eco-theater brought to you by oil and gas companies, which profit from making plastic as oil and gas are the feedstocks. The only solution is to use a lot less plastic.
Lego to Switch to Eco-Friendly Paper Bags in Its Packaging—It’s a small step, but it’s the right step.
Why Big Oil Cares So Much About Reducing Methane Gas Leaks—Oil is an international commodity and if the rest of the world decides to regulate methane leaks it will be in the oil companies’ best interests to control the leaks. It’s called business.
Solar Power = 60% of New US Power Capacity in June—The future is blowing in the wind and shining with the sun.
A Red State Goes Green — Why Texas Is Adding So Much Solar—The same regulatory climate or lack thereof that enabled an oil industry to basically do what it wanted also enabled solar to build out like gangbusters.
Meet Perovskite, the Mystery Mineral That Could Transform Our Solar Energy Future—Cheaper and more efficient solar cells…do you want to be sitting on a coal plant right now? Nope.
Germany: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Quadrupled In August 2020—Just over 13% market share for vehicles with a plug.
France: Plug-In Electric Car Sales More Than Tripled In Summer 2020—Approximately 10% market share for vehicles with a plug. Sense a trend?
Sailing Makes a Comeback in Wind-Powered Car Carrier—Now imagine your EV being shipped on one of these bad boys.
Amazon Poaches Former Uber Manager to Grow its E-bike Delivery Team in New York City—The so-called “last mile” for deliveries is the hardest. You can build all the fancy hubs and distribution centers that you want, but people do not live in orderly warehouses. They live in cities and suburbs and rural areas.
Vinyl Record Sales Surpass CDs for the First Time Since the 1980s—I guess vinyl never was as dead as people made it out to be for like forty years. Or, CDs are really dead.