I cannot say if April was the longest month I have every endured or if it was the shortest month.
Most days felt like the day before it.
However, not commuting to work has its own joys.
Everyone is starting to go a little stir crazy in the house, but I do not share the governor of Iowa’s opinion that it is time to start reopening. I fear that we are staring a flare up of cases across the state.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
Iceland Ends Its Minke Whale Hunt—At least there is one bit of good news out there.
The Novel Frugality—Every time there is a major downturn in economic fortunes there is a rush to discuss how Americans will become more frugal. When the economy snaps back there is a rush to buy another flat screen television because one just cannot survive with a sixty inch model when seventy inches is so much better.
How Pepsi and Coke make Millions Bottling Tap Water, as Residents Face Shutoffs—In America if an individual commits an offense it is criminal. However, if a company commits an offense there is suspension of enforcement because corporations have become more valuable than people.
Donald Trump Is Exploiting the Coronavirus Pandemic to Sell Campaign Swag—I am waiting for the claim that a red MAGA hat will keep you safe from the coronavirus. I am sure that Sean Hannity and Alex Jones would be all over promoting this for a cut of the proceeds. Granted, Donnie Two Scoops is not someone who likes to share profits with anyone.
Full Steam Ahead—My guess is that oil and gas companies are staring at the next nine months as the last gasp of a pliant administration. Once the worst president in American history returns full-time to Mar a Lago for tacky brunches and sub-standard rounds of golf there will be less inclination in Washington D.C. to just let oil and gas companies do whatever they want.
For Oil and Its Dependents, It’s Code Blue—There has never been an event with demand destruction this severe this quickly. Oil tankers are literally floating off the coast of the United States with no place to unload oil. Texas—Texas!—just recommended a 20% reduction in oil production. This is uncharted territory.
Plastics Industry Requests $1 Billion Bailout From Fed—This is just what we need. More plastic to be dumped into landfills. And we get to pay for it with tax dollars.
How Coronavirus Has Changed the Way We Think About Disposable Plastics—Without proof the plastic industry and its retail partners have been pushing the story that disposable plastic items are safer, in terms of coronavirus exposure, than other forms of packaging including paper and reusable.
Empire State Blows Past Offshore Wind Limit With 1,000 (More) MW—Offshore wind is where the action is going to be for the next decade or so as established renewables like onshore wind, residential solar, and utility scale solar complete build outs.
Britain Breaks Record for Coal-Free Power Generation—The transformation in the graphic below is just amazing:
Sweden Shuts Down Its Last Coal Plant Two Years Early—The hits just keep on coming for coal.
LA’s Mountains Make Another Case For Electric Cars—Clear skies and long forgotten views remind us that the problem is with how much driving and flying we do. If there is anything good to come out of the current crisis it is that people will realize just how bad daily driving is for the planet. The proof is in the views.
Paris Has a Plan to Keep Cars Out After Lockdown—We will take back our cityscapes from automobiles and return the common space to actual people. It will not happen overnight and it will not happen everywhere, but the future is one where people matter more than automobiles.
Permian Basin Methane Emissions Found to Be More Than 2x Previous Estimates—As if you needed another reason to figure out how to eliminate fossil fuels from your daily life. It is not just the burning of these fuels that is a problem, but the entire chain of production from well to exhaust.
Are Gas Furnaces and Boilers the New Diesel Cars?—In the hunt to electrify everything—because as this article states electricity is the only fuel that can be produced cleanly—our homes will be the great challenge. If you think automobile ownership cycles are long, just get a load of how long people keep a furnace.
The Pandemic Will Change American Retail Forever—American retail needed to change. Our development pattern for the last fifty years or so has been ever more retail. Even as we built multiple times more retail per capita than any other country there was a thirst to build ever more. Now is the time to reconfigure and repurpose.
Scientists Agree: Coffee Naps Are Better Than Coffee or Naps Alone—I am down with coffee naps. This might be my new isolation routine.