There are just 25 days until the midterm elections on November 6th. If you are not registered to vote, do so as soon as possible. If you are unfamiliar with the rules for voting in your state, get educated as soon as possible with regard to identification requirements and what not.
It is generally hyperbole to claim that any single election is the “most important election” of our lifetime, but given the absolutely dystopian two years under President Trump and his Republican enablers one has to believe with some temerity the claim of importance. Nonetheless, get out and vote. There is no excuse.
On to the links…
A Major New Climate Report Slams the Door on Wishful Thinking—The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is grim as fuck.
10 Ways to Accelerate Progress Against Climate Change—The actions we need to take are not mysteries. We just need to possess the will to actually demand and implement change.
Trump’s FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of Coal Bailout—Everyone is pretty much against this silly ass bailout plan for non-competitive coal and nuclear power plants save for Trump and a coterie of people who make money off of ageing coal and nuclear plants. When you can’t get the result you want make sure you appoint a loyal toadie to make it happen. It’s the Trump way.
EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler Engaged With Racist, Conspiratorial Posts On Social Media—Seriously, can Trump not find a single person to serve in his administration who is not compromised morally or ethically? It’s like he has a deck of cards with every rogue who wants to serve in government, but was blackballed by prior administrations for sucking at life.
Science Says Saving the Planet Could Really Be as Simple as Saving Trees—Trees are amazing and as a collective forest these organisms are even more amazing. In these troubled climatic times, we need an effort to radically and quickly reforest degraded lands and stop the destruction of the forests that remain.
Caution Urged Over Use of ‘Carbon Unicorns’ to Limit Warming—Geoengineering is a slippery slope. There is a segment of the populace that believes the solution to our climate change challenge lies in developing carbon sequestering technologies that will suck the carbon out of the atmosphere.
No State Has Ever Enacted a Carbon Tax. Washington Voters Might Just Do It Anyway.—The irony of the carbon tax as the “holy grail” of climate policies is that is actually one of the simplest tools to actually implement.
The End of Coal Could Be Closer Than It Looks—Coal may continue down what appears to be a fairly linear decline until it hits a cliff because at a certain point the economics become untenable. Maybe.
One Of America’s Oldest Coal Companies Just Filed For Bankruptcy—Declaring bankruptcy is something that rich people and corporations do to keep from actually having to pay their debts, see the current President of the United States who loves bankruptcy filing almost as much as he loves divorce court. However, it is not something that is done by healthy businesses in attractive industries. Mining coal is anything but an attractive industry right now.
Wyoming Proposes Its Own Methane Regulations As Federal Level Sees Rules Relaxed—Curbing methane emissions from natural gas wells was a central part of the Obama-era climate change action plan that has been gutted by the great cheese puff. You know that things might be going your way when a state like Wyoming works toward some sort of action on the issue.
Iowa Looks to Take the Next Steps on Storage—Iowa has a lot of wind energy with even more coming on line. However, intermittency is an issue. Enter energy storage.
Five Radical Steps We Can Take to Fight Climate Change—It’s not rocket science. Heck, it will probably look a lot like things in European countries during war time.
Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York’s Eroding Harbor—It’s not all bad news all the time. This is a great story about taking something that restaurants literally threw away and turning that waste into something beneficial. Why can’t this program be expanded all along the Atlantic seaboard? And the Pacific seaboard for that matter?