Some weeks feel like we are living through an episode of the Twilight Zone. I keep waiting for Rod Serling to introduce the day’s episode. Don’t believe me? Think about what happened this week:
- Cleveland Browns win a game for the first time in over 630 days
- Trump’s performance art speech at the UN General Assembly
- Brett Kavanaugh’s increasingly bizarre path to confirmation
- Buffalo Bills stomping on the Minnesota Vikings
- Cats and dogs sleeping together, sorry that was Ghostbusters
On to the links…
Rising Seas Could Cause a Mass Migration of Americans Seeking Higher Ground—If you want to imagine a dystopia imagine millions of people forced to move because climate change and its impacts make communities unlivable. Imagine wide swaths of the eastern seaboard rendered a climate change wasteland and those people moving inland.
Fear Climate Change — and Our Response to It—Humans are not rational creatures, so any model that assumes rational behavior is bound to end in failure. We are not rational about climate change.
Carbon Emissions Could Be Costing the US 8 Times What Trump’s EPA Estimates—When the government in Washington D.C. is somewhat rational again we need to make sure that the figures used for estimates of climate change and its impacts are properly accounted for in any and all models.
Toxic Red Tide Could Fuel a Blue Win in Florida—Rick Scott represents some of the worst trends in American politics. He is a scammer who takes no responsibility for his shenanigans and then tries to blame everyone else for his own behavior. He has made the environment in Florida worse by being in the pocket of developers and big sugar. Hopefully this is the grifter’s last con.
Trump Admin to Move $260M from Cancer Research, HIV/AIDS and Other Programs for Migrant Child-Custody Costs—You just know that Donny Two Scoops will brag about this on the campaign trail when e is trying to gin up what is left of his Alt Right supporters and closeted racist Republicans who cannot stand to see a brown person.
China Bumps up Renewable Energy Target to Reduce Reliance on Coal—China is trying to kick the coal habit.
Renewables in UK Energy Mix Hit All-time High—The mix actually was not super favorable to renewables as onshore wind suffered from lower wind speeds and hydro suffered from reduced rainfall. Imagine what this will look like when the wind blows and the rain falls.
A Hail Mary Attempt to Save the West’s Largest Coal Plant Has Failed—This particular coal plant closing is a big deal. The coal industrial complex has always viewed this plant as one of its redoubts. It is now closing in 2019 after the latest attempt to keep operating beyond that date failed. Yes, the local economy is going to need help because of the loss of jobs. Yes, this is an unalloyed good in the fight to kick the coal habit.
Texas Coal Plant Announces Plans to Shut Down—The market is speaking and even in deep red Texas money still talks. According to the article, this represents the fifth announced closure of a coal plant in Texas this year.
As Coal Stalls, Wyoming Considers New Environmental Clean-Up Rules—When Wyoming comes to the realization that trusting coal companies to pay for clean-up costs is unrealistic you know that coal is in trouble.
New Jersey Makes Way For 1.1 Gigawatt Offshore Wind—Usually, people are making fun of New Jersey for being corrupt or downright awful. Go New Jersey!
How a New Zinc-Air Battery Could Transform the Grid—Cheaper batteries are the next hurdle for the clean energy revolution. It is already cheap to generate power from sun and wind. Now we need to be able to store some of that bounty for times when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow.
Fast Charger Infrastructure In Iowa Limited By State Law & Utility Rules—This is why people hate utility companies. The double speak is amazing. Saying people do not understand billing by kilowatt hours is the most asinine thing yet because most, if not all, utility companies send out bills calculated via kilowatt hours. It’s a fairly well understood metric.
No, Avoiding Meat and Dairy is Not ‘Elitist’—Here’s the thing, most of the world already avoids meat and dairy because it is too expensive. Only in the West, particularly in North America, do we consider a meat or dairy free diet to be elitist. Then again we live in a country where a man with his name plastered on buildings and a private plane was called the “blue collar billionaire.”
9 Times Mister Rogers said Exactly the Right Thing—Appreciate Mister Rogers as the antithesis of our current predicament.