You may not believe climate change is here and you may not believe that the strange weather we have seen this spring is the future, but I have seen what our flagrant disregard for science has wrought and it is not pretty.
Rain events that were once rare are now common. Floods in Iowa are an annual or more regular occurrence. My prediction is that after a wet and cold spring we will have a hot and dry summer. Nothing like a little baking heat and drought to bookend the seasons.
On to the links…
How the Baby Boomers Wrecked the Economy for Millennials—Let’s start a new trend where we replace “Millennials are killing…” with “Baby Boomers wrecked…” Never has a generation produced so little when given so much and left such a mess for future generations to clean up. As a member of the tail end of Generation X—whatever the hell that means anymore—I feel like we will spend the next twenty years sweeping up the rubble of Baby Boomers’ excess.
If 2020 Democrats Are Going to Be Serious About Climate, They Need to Cut Out Congress—The U.S. Senate is a retrograde institution run by a power hungry vestige of the post-Civil War southern power structure who cares for nothing other than his own political power. The 2020 Democratic nominees need a plan that can be acted on from Day One in office.
Scientists Have Pinpointed the Mystery Source of an Ozone-Destroying Chemical—Trump may be wrong on almost everything, but his desire to realign our relationship with China may not be that awful. His methods are crap, but there is something fundamentally rotten about the way that China does business. Agreements are meaningless, business is paramount, everything else be damned…kind of sounds like the modern Republican Party.
Xcel’s Plan to 2030: Close Two Coal Plants, Extend Nuclear Plant, Add More Solar—Coal is dead. It is just going to take some time for the dinosaur to roll over and actually know its dead.
Puerto Rico Got Rid of Its Coal Ash Pits. Now the Company Responsible Is Moving Them to Florida.—At what point can we just write off the entire state of Florida? If there is a bad idea that has failed everywhere else, it will get a new lease on life in Florida. If there is a grifter who has been run out of every town in America, that person will eventually end up somewhere in Florida.
Critics Question Ethics Behind Impossible Burger’s Rapid Fast-Food Expansion—The purity police are out to get Impossible Foods now that they are working with fast food chains. This is ridiculous. Every animal based burger replaced with a plant based burger is a win.
Impossible Foods’ Rising Empire of Almost-Meat—The buzz is there. Now it is time for Impossible Foods to see if they can execute in an efficient enough manner to actually scale their business.
It’s Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain—Maybe the new guideline should be “If you cannot figure out how to make the food at home you should not eat that food.” Can’t figure out how to make a homemade PopTart? Do not eat a PopTart.
It is Solved by Walking—Just putting one foot in front of the other is a powerful choice in a world defined by our mechanized transport.
Americans Need More Bike Transit – And these Nonprofits are Bringing It—Bicycles are a humble solution to the problem of transportation emissions.
There Is No Excuse for You to Casually Drink Bottled Water—Outside of people dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, why are we even having this discussion about bottled water?
It’s Time to Embrace American Hemp Production—Did you have that guy in your dorm who always liked to tell you about the magic nature of hemp? I remember that guy. Maybe he was not so crazy after all.