What the actual shit? This is the Secretary of State of the United States of America telling the public that the solution to climate change is to move to different places. Oh, and the travel time for goods shipped between continents might be slashed because of the lack of sea ice. I am sure everyone is going to be comforted knowing that their 65” television from China is getting here a little faster as they roast in a climate hellscape.
On to the links…
Report: Global Emissions At 7-Year High—Well, fuck.
EPA’s 3 Dirty Tricks to Undermine Regulation (and Why They Probably Won’t Work)— We live in an alternate reality now where dirty is clean, good is bad, and facts are fake.
U.S. Renewable Power Capacity Surpasses Coal For The First Time—Buried in all the grim news are some glimmers of hope.
Here’s Proof That Electric Cars Are Displacing Gasoline—Demand destruction is a bitch. Once that demand is gone it is not coming back and fossil fuel companies are starting to come to that realization. These are millions of gallons of gasoline demand just…poof…gone from the market:
Australia Missing Out on Huge Cuts in Emissions through Energy Efficiency Failure—Basically, if we just were more efficient with the energy that we already produce we could make major headway toward reducing emissions. Using less energy to begin with is the first step in a net zero emission future.
Climate Change Is the Symptom. Consumer Culture Is the Disease.—Our modern society is just a joke. We have become nothing more than money lungs bent on consumption of crap.
US Offshore Wind Race Heats Up, Now Connecticut In The Mix—To get to a zero net emission future offshore wind has to be part of the renewable energy portfolio.
Follow The Money: Global Investors Flee Coal Power Like A Hot Potato—Get used to the term stranded assets. It essentially means assets that have no value because there is no buyer in the marketplace. You may have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a coal mine only to find that its value is zero because there is no other party willing to invest. What the market giveth the market can taketh away.
Renewlogy Turns Low-Grade Plastic into Usable Fuels—We have a plastic waste problem on this planet. I do not know if turning plastic waste into a liquid fuel is the right idea, but it is better than anything that we are doing right now.
ALDI Ranks First Out of 20 Retailers for Reducing Single-Use Plastic—This is kind of like winning an ugliest dog contest. Yes, you are a winner. However, it is for being an ugly dog.
Processed Foods are a Much Bigger Health Problem than we Thought—Maybe that hokey diet advice about not eating ingredients you cannot pronounce was not that hokey after all. Maybe there is no reason for PopTarts to exist.
Are McMansions Making People Any Happier?—A bigger house will not make you happier. A grill with twelve burners and a Bluetooth meat thermometer will not make you happier. As a matter of fact most stuff will not make you any happier beyond the initial sugar rush of the initial purchase. Get off the hedonistic treadmill.
Climate Change I Have Known—Climate change is real and its impacts on our lives are noticeable.
Your Coffee-Buying Habit Could Hamper Your Retirement—It is important to think about personal finance in terms that people can understand. Retirement for most people is something so far away that we fail to understand just how powerful actions taken today can be in setting us up for future success.