Days without being an international embarrassment: 0.
Do I even need to tell you who I am talking about? The thing that amazes me most about the incompetent orangutan in the Oval Office is that no matter what the issue or topic of the day may be he finds a way to make it about himself and how he is better than any other man to ever hold the office. His need for a constant stream of affirmation of his supposed excellence on any topic is a field day for arm chair psychologists and political observers. When the final days of this putrid presidency wind down in a few years—has it really only been nine months—the historians will take decades to unravel the shit storm.
On to the links…
Interior Secretary Zinke Has A Flag Raised When He’s At HQ—Scott Pruitt has a special phone booth and a private security army while Ryan Zinke thinks that the Department of the Interior is his personal military command. What is it with Trump and his minions having to declare dominion over everything that they survey? The inferiority complexes are stunning.
Secretary Zinke, it’s Time to Call it Quits—I think this is really a race between Zinke and Tillerson.
Scott Pruitt’s Quest to Kill Obama’s Climate Regulations is Deeply Shady — and Legally Vulnerable—Is Scott Pruitt the shadiest person in government in a long time? He is essentially a self-admitted shill for the fossil fuel industry who is going about his day with a plan drafted by those same interests.
Perry Questions Value of ‘Free Market’ in Energy—The free market, like religious freedom for Republicans, is great as long as it supports your pet cause but when it causes damage to the pocketbooks of your masters it is unacceptable. In the drive to placate the coal barons the Trump administration has pissed off just about everyone else involved in energy. Too bad for them that the total of everyone else is a hell of a lot bigger and more important than what remains of the coal industry.
Coal Country is Finding Little Relief in Trump’s Climate Actions—It was not the government that was killing coal, it was the free market. People and companies were voting with their dollars to support non-coal sources of energy.
4 Signs that Trump’s Furious Efforts to Save Coal are Futile—When an industry pins all of its hoped on a huckster more famous for a b-grade reality show and bankruptcies you know times are desperate.
The War on Coal is Over. Coal Lost.—All that remains is the rear guard action on the long retreat. The question is how much additional damage will be done during the long retreat.
This is What America’s Eco City of the Future Looks Like—The future is green and powered by renewables. Even in Texas.
Americans are willing to pay $177 a year to avoid climate change—We need to keep pounding home the message that climate change is real and that the tools are available to prevent the worst of its impacts. All that is required is political will and a measure of sacrifice, whether that is economic or social.
The Future of Renewable Energy—What will renewable energy systems look like in a few years? Now that we have moved beyond niche applications we need to ask ourselves these larger questions.
Electrifying Heating—I have thought about this topic somewhat lately now that I produce my own electricity on my roof. If I added a similar size solar photovoltaic system on my southeast facing roof I would be able to heat my home with the sun via electricity. I cannot make natural gas at home, but I can make electricity.
World’s First Floating Wind Farm now Operating in Scotland—Technology like floating wind turbines allows for less expensive construction in deeper water with less environmental impact. Sort of like a win-win that opens up more sites for offshore wind development. As if coal needed some more bad news.
Regreening The Earth Could Lower Carbon Levels As Much As Ending Use Of Fossil Fuels—Why don’t we do both? What would a national program of regenerative forestry practices, improved grassland management, and general regreening do for our planet and our economy? I think it would be huge. Not yuge, just huge.
This Is How to Substitute Lentils for Ground Beef—If everyone made a few substitutions like this on a weekly basis we would be a long way to reducing the greenhouse gas impact of our food choices. Remember, meat is a huge source of our personal emissions.
To Uber or Not? Why Car Ownership may no Longer be a Good Deal—I am already beginning to see this with some colleagues who have children in college. Instead of trolling the dorms for that one person with a car they just split an Uber X to go to the store or choose to have items delivered instead of doing it themselves. I believe it is more than a simple story about replacing rides with Uber or other car sharing services, but rather replacing the utility provided by a personal automobile with a portfolio of services.