I know that I have said this before, but I feel like we are living in a “bizarro” world where we all should have goatees and act in ways contrary to our nature.
How have we gotten to a point in America where the defense of a sitting president using his office’s power for personal gain is defended as “not as bad as it could be?” That was almost the literal defense that was provided by the Republicans chosen lawyer in the House’s impeachment proceedings.
If that is the bar for criminality than the U.S. prison system is about to get a whole lot less crowded.
On to the links…
Little Ice Age Lessons–Take a moment and read through the article while reserving judgement until you finish. I might quibble with the details, but the idea that we have the ability to adapt to dramatically different climate conditions is a little ray of hope in a generally cloudy forecast.
Mike Pence’s Office Pushed to Reroute Foreign Aid to Favored Christian Groups–Just a friendly reminder that Mike Pence is a horrible human being.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions To Rise Through 2040–Well, that is just kind of depressing. It also underscores the need to cut emissions today.
US Energy Dept. Has A Solar Power Message For Coal: Get Lost!–Even the U.S. government understands that the economic case for coal is a lost cause. This is a U.S. government agency under the thumb of the corrupt Donald Trump administration where coal companies are welcome. What happens under a president that does not kowtow to coal robber barons?
Bob Murray: The Last Coal Baron?–We can hope.
Colorado’s Cleanest Energy Options are Also Its Cheapest–Renewable energy is cheap. As states build out plans to decarbonize the economic benefits will become clear. Add in the environmental benefits and you have a recipe for an economic and environmental transformation on par with the Industrial Revolution.
Berkeley scientists develop better batteries for storing renewable energy–Battery technology is not all about improving EVs. The ability to store energy as a way to moderate the delta between renewable energy production and electricity demand is probably just as important for our decarbonized future.
Electric Cars are Changing the Cost of Driving–No oil changes. Check. No fuel system. Check. No complicated cooling system, transmission, exhaust, etc. Check. As people drive EVs they come to realize that it is just a better way to motor. Now if I could just get a BEV pickup truck.
Should You Even Bother Recycling Your Plastics?–This is why it is so important to reduce before reusing or recycling. Plastics that are never introduced to the waste stream are the best kinds of plastic.
In Honolulu, An Ambitious Plastics Reduction Bill Is Moving Through City Council–Cities, especially cities on islands, are the climate laboratories of the 21st century. Policies that would not be adopted in places like Omaha, Nebraska can be passed in island cities and proven to work.
Air Bubble Barrier Traps Plastic Waste in Amsterdam’s Canals–Some ideas are so simple that it boggles the mind that no one thought of this before. How can we get a group like 4ocean to pilot these bubble barriers in several rivers, canals, whatever waterways across the globe?
Silvopasture: The Benefits of Integrating Livestock and Trees–There are more ways to skin the agriculture cat than we usually consider. Livestock can be part of a system that helps to regenerate the landscape or produce renewable energy. It is not always a zero sum game.
11 Unbelievably Easy Swaps To Be More Eco-Friendly–Imagine a world where we all woke up and did these eleven things? Ok, for the dudes out there the whole diva cup thing is not applicable so pick an extra thing to do.