Ryan Zinke is not the worst Interior Secretary in history. That distinction belongs to Albert B. Fall who actually went to prison. Ryan Zinke is just number two.
At least we now get to say that Ryan Zinke was the Secretary of the Interior in 2019. Trying to look on the bright side of things.
On to the links…
Ryan Zinke’s Legal Troubles Are Far From Over—The modus operandi of the Trump administration is to get in, get corrupt, and hopefully get out before the posse comes to drag you out of your office. However, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in January there is sure to be some uncomfortable hearings with former cabinet officials. Oh, and resigning does not get you out of investigations into breaking the law.
New Poll Shows Basically Everyone Likes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal—I hope that the Democratic leadership in Congress sees these poll numbers and takes the message to heart. People like these ideas. A politician can run on these ideas and win.
The Suburbs are the Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But they also Hold the Key to a Better Future—I want this thesis to be true on so many levels. I want to imagine a future where acres of boring suburban lawns are turned into kitchen gardens and food forests. I want to imagine a time when all of our roofs are covered in solar panels and we glide gently by on bicycles.
Congress just Legalized Hemp. That’s Huge for the CBD Industry.—Think about that headline for a moment. Congress just legalized hemp. If you do not think that full legalization will happen soon you are not paying attention.
It’s Time to Stretch Out the U.S. Offshore Wind Pipeline—This is the next boom area in renewables. As the pipeline for onshore wind matures into its slow growth cycle and solar does its thing, offshore wind will allow communities in places like the heavily populated eastern seaboard to get green power.
New Offshore Windfarms Push UK Renewables to Record—A third—yes, a third—of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources in the period from July through September. Do you remember a time when critics of renewables said that these sources could never amount to anything more than a few percent?
Solar Power Achieved a New England Milestone on Chilly Thanksgiving—This is a geeky energy graph:
The dusty rose colored space under the dashed line represents how solar power cut the peak off of the projected demand from the grid. That is good stuff.
Next-gen EV Charger Adds 62 miles of Range in Three Minutes—This is the missing link for a lot of people unwilling to adopt an electric vehicle. Now imagine plugging you EV in, going to get a latte, and coming out to another couple hundred miles in range.
Can Cross-Laminated Timber Save the World?—Probably not save the world, but it would be a lot better if we built more things out of wood as opposed to steel and concrete.
Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months—This just shows that if you cut things off at the source big changes follow.
Our Lock-and-Leave Culture: The Rise of Self-Storage and Clinging to Stuff We Hardly Use—I hate mini storage with a passion. It is one thing if you are storing stuff because of a move to a far away location or as a temporary solution, but if you are renting one of these off-site closets to store whatever then the problem is you.
The Spare Button Represents all the Ways We Fail to be Good Consumers—The saddest thing to me is that we think of ourselves as consumers first and foremost. Not humans, but consumers.