There are no words. There are no prayers. Nothing matters except action. The United States is the only developed country that accepts routine mass gun violence. Every other developed country in the world has acted in some way to address this problem, but the United States has failed to act because a large percentage of its politicians are in the pocket of an industrial gun lobby that masquerades as a defender of constitutional liberties.
On to the links…
The Outdoor Recreation Industry Generated $374 Billion in 2016. It’s Ready to Wield that Influence in Washington and on Wall Street.—The debate over public lands and the giveaways by the Trump administration should highlight the power and clout that outdoor recreation can wield. Politicians need to realize that when the fossil fuel industry comes knocking its interests are in direct opposition to a large outdoor recreation industry that can generate economic activity without the environmental degradation.
Survey Says: The American Public is Souring on Coal—No one wants these plants in their communities, no one wants to deal with the waste in their environment, and no one wants to hear Trump talk about beautiful, clean coal.
MidAmerican Energy Completes Two New Wind Farms in Iowa—The amazing thing is that there is a lot more wind power in the plan for the state and older turbines are being replaced with newer, more powerful turbines generating more clean power from the wind.
2018 Solar Power Rocks Report Grades Every State On Solar Friendliness—How does your state compare:
Major Utility Fails to get West Virginia Customers to Bail out its Aging Coal Plant—Right wing coal barons love the free market except when it is crushing their pet fuel. The plan here was just ridiculous. FirstEnergy wanted to take a non-competitive coal plant supplying a deregulated energy market and transfer it to a regulated markets thus burdening the regulated market with a costly energy source that no one wanted.
Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas—This is where the future begins. Having the ability to store and dispatch renewable energy allows for the leveling of demand across the day to match production which moderates the variability of renewable production.
Australia’s Solar Energy Capacity Could Almost Double in One Year—These are monster numbers. Imagine if the western United States deployed solar at these kind of rates?
Total Wind Capacity Surges While Total Number Of Turbines May Soon Plummet: Indulging In 4 Decades Of Danish Wind Energy Data—This is a treasure trove of data. The opportunity to replace existing sited turbines with infrastructure in place with more powerful turbines represents a mind boggling opportunity to deploy more power in a quick manner.
Where Does The IOC’s Money Go?—Let me give you a hint: the billions do not go to the local communities or the cities or the athletes. The money goes into the pockets of the IOC which is a corrupt cabal extorting money from countries with the promise of global goodwill. Remember this as your city might consider bidding for the games.