Please stay safe out there.
If you do not have to go out, do not go out.
Wash your damn hands.
Hold your family members tight, call your parents, and remember what is important.
Also, turn off the news. Listening to these people talk all day long is not doing anyone any favors right now. Our collective mental health depends upon it.
On to the links…
‘Nature is taking back Venice’: Wildlife Returns to Tourist-Free City—Nature will find a way, right? Your move Mr. Goldblum.
With Humans in Lockdown, Animals Flourish—I was so hoping that the drunken elephants story was true.
One Root Cause of Pandemics Few People Think About—The market’s desire for meat drives companies to throw caution to the wind and raise ever increasing numbers of animals within close proximity of one another where diseases can spread. A quick hop, skip, and jump away to humans is all it takes to put us into the situation we find ourselves in today.
How Will The Coronavirus Affect Energy Use In America?—Will there be any long-term systematic changes or will things bounce back to pre-COVID-19 norms?
Why Rich People Use so Much More Energy—If there is one thing that COVID-19 is going to show us it is that the frivolous travel of the richest portion of the global population is unnecessary and indefensible.
Four Federal Policies Could Help Offshore Wind Jump Start Our Coronavirus Economic Recovery—Who wants to make a bet that rather than looking forward Donald Trump and his cronies in the U.S. Senate will propose policies that benefit fossil fuels? Furthermore, these policy proposals will be framed as the path to get America out of the forthcoming recession. Takers?
Big Wins Expected for Offshore Wind Over Next Decade—We can hope so. Imagine thousands of megawatts of offshore wind just miles away from the large population of the eastern seaboard?
The $638 Billion Cost Of Keeping Coal Alive—If you are in charge of a utility that is building coal fired electrical capacity you are costing your ratepayers money. This situation will only get worse as communities reject coal fired power plants because of pollution and climate change impacts.
Wyoming Coal Interests Funneled Money, Experts to Influence Colorado PUC Decision on Closing Parts of Pueblo Plant—Nothing like a lot of out of state money flooding in to influence an issue and still failing. Wyoming has to try everything it can to keep coal viable because the state’s economy is so dependent upon coal mining. Without coal Wyoming is West Virginia with better skiing.
Siemens Receives First Order For Battery-Powered Trains—The idea here is not to have the entire journey be conducted on battery power alone, but to use the battery as a bridge between electrified sections of track.
The Pros and Cons of Planting Trees to Address Global Warming—I understand the idea of balance in reporting, but do we really see a lot of downsides to planting a lot trees? Furthermore, are those downsides really all that bad?
How will Tree Planting Help the UK meet its Climate Goals?—Mistakes will be made and the end result may not be as carbon “negative” as projected, but what is the real downside to trying if the right species of tree is planted in the right ecosystem?
A Vision for Agriculture—We know how to raise animals in a way that does not poison our air, land, and water. It is not a question of knowledge, but one of will.
Dentists Under Pressure to Drill ‘Healthy Teeth’ for Profit, Former Insiders Allege—As if COVID-19 has not shown the flaws in America’s for profit health system perhaps you need a reminder why it is not a good idea to have private equity or hedge funds determining care plans.