Rick Perry is not a scientist. Just ask him, but he apparently “knows” that carbon dioxide emissions are not the main driver behind climate change. Okay, but what does the former Dancing with the Stars contestant and multiple time presidential candidate failure actually think is driving the climate to change? Good luck deciphering that opinion.
The part about the “debate” over climate change is that no one asks no-talent ass clowns like James Inhofe what his thoughts are about the issue when it is too hot for planes to take off in Phoenix or the temperatures reach 90 degrees in Siberia. Sure enough the media is ready to put him on television holding a snowball in the freaking winter—like the presence of snow in winter is proof of anything other than it being winter.
On to the links…
Renewable Energy Just Passed a Major Milestone in the United States—10 percent of the electricity in the United States was generated by renewables in March. Wind power is now the fourth largest source of power in the United States behind coal, natural gas, and nuclear.
Solar Power Will Kill Coal Sooner Than You Think—We have reached the tipping point where the costs of choosing solar power are the same or better than coal. Why tether yourself to an outdated fuel?
Forget Coal, Solar will Soon be Cheaper than Natural Gas Power—When this happens a lot of people are going to be gagging on their ribeye steaks across the natural gas basins of the United States.
This Case Could Upend America’s $29 Billion Solar Industry—Everyone loves the free market right up until the moment it impacts their own business. It’s the same in automobiles, agriculture, and even solar panels. The reason solar is so cheap right now is that China is selling panels extra cheap. Each time I get an estimate for a solar PV system on my house the cost has gone down, which is directly attributable to reduced panel cost.
LED Lights are Taking over Households at a Meteoric Rate, but Some are Slow to Make the Switch—Prices for LED bulbs are down 90% since 2008. LED bulbs are having a measureable impact on electricity consumption. Even with these crazy numbers there are still a lot of households holding on to inefficient incandescent bulbs and horrible CFLs.
Nevada Boosts Solar Power, Reversing Course—It’s a little bit of good news coming out of the Silver State. Eighteen months ago Nevada killed net metering which slaughtered its solar industry. Now it is back.
Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money—Am I supposed to feel bad for fossil fuel companies that built business plans under the assumption that they would have control over their markets into the forever future?
California Invested Heavily in Solar Power. Now There’s So Much that Other States are Sometimes Paid to Take It—The LA Times has done some great reporting on the growth and development of California’s entire electrical grid, including the construction of unnecessary power plants to the tune of billions of dollars. Now it looks like they cannot contain the solar either.
Tesla is Changing the Electric Grid—It’s all part of Elon Musk’s plan. Sell you a car that is really just a giant battery on wheels and sell you a house covered in solar panels with a Powerwall to tie it all together. Suddenly Tesla is the company that can help the electric grid manage its peaks and valleys in demand and generation. Talk about power.
Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan—So if we cannot get to 100% renewables—which is a debatable assertion given that much depends upon the timeline and technology developed during that time—what is the number we can get to economically and technically? I remember a time when a lot of influential people were saying that 10% seemed out of reach. Well…
Rick Perry Just got Scooped: New Report Shows Cleaner Grid Provides Reliable Power—Is there a bigger knucklehead in government than Rick Perry? Trump is a bully and I fully believe that Steve King is some kind of demon sent from hell to torture anyone with good sense. But Rick Perry? What a knucklehead.
Interior Chief Ryan Zinke Wants to Shed 4,000 Staffers in Budget Cuts—Your government is going to look a lot different in four years and it is going to take a long time to rebuild the expertise that is going to be lost in these purges. It is intentional to degrade the service and capability because it allows people like Paul Ryan to say, “See, government does not know what it is doing.” No shit Sherlock. When you staff it with incompetent toadies it is no wonder government does not work.