Are we living in the moment when the United States descends into a version of a dictatorship? The signs seem to be pointing to yes, but there are several things that make me stop and wonder.
The most prominent of those thoughts is that Donald Trump is the worst person you would want to pin your hopes on. He is literally the definition of a coward and a bully, which is a bad combination for any potential strong man.
Furthermore, his base of support is quite narrow. In order to win the election in 2016 he needed to fool the American people long enough to thread the most narrow of needle eyes to make it possible. None of this will be true in 2020.
My great hope is that this period of time will pass like the tumultuous late-1960s and we will emerge as a better nation. Plus, we won’t end up with Nixon as president again.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Behind the Brutal Murder of an Environment Crusader—It is dangerous to stand up for the health of the planet. Moneyed interest will literally murder you if you get in the way of the making an extra percentage point on an investment.
The Trump Presidency Is the Worst Ever for Public Lands—Knowing Donald Trump he would likely consider this a feather in his cap. At least he was number one in something.
Trump EPA Curbs State Power to Reject Fossil Fuel Projects—Trump loves state’s rights when it favors his little pet projects, but state’s rights are a bad thing when it gets in the way of his presidency being the worst for the nation in history.
Air Pollution in China Back to Pre-Covid Levels and Europe May Follow—There went the only good thing to come out of coronavirus.
The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About—There is absolutely nothing more indicative of the corruption and rot at the heart of America’s utility companies than forcing consumers to pay more money for coal fired electricity.
EU’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Fall as Coal Ditched—Every coal plant that gets shut down is a victory for the planet. After every coal plant is shut down we move on to shutting down every natural gas plant. It’s war and we will win.
UK Electricity Coal Free for First Month Ever—It starts with a month and then it becomes a quarter. Pretty soon you will be talking about coal free years in the United Kingdom.
UK Coalmines Operator Hargreaves Services to End Mining Next Month—After a certain point there will be an accelerating death spiral for coal as supporting companies and mines can no longer make the business an economically viable going concern. Each additional business that exits the space makes it less economically viable in general accelerating the closures.
Chemists Identify Toxic Chemicals in Fracking Wastewater—Over two hundred different chemical compounds are in fracking wastewater and it is being disposed of in a myriad of ways. You know, like reinjecting it into the ground. What could go wrong?
Clear Skies Are a Cover-Up for India’s Fossil Fuel Expansion—The fossil fuel industry will not a let a good crisis go to waste. We must keep the pressure on to stop the use of these planet killing fuels.
EVs are a Rare Bright Spot in a Pandemic-Struck European Car Market—People may not be buying cars in general, but people are buying EVs specifically.
Empire State Building Slashes Carbon Emissions By 40% With Energy Saving Upgrades—Efficiency is not as sexy as things like floating wind turbines or electric vehicles, but it is the quickest and most cost-effective way to reduce emissions in the near term. The most environmentally friendly kilowatt is the one you never need to generate.
Planting Invasive Species Could Make Our Carbon Problem Worse—Plant the right tree in the right spot is the mantra of foresters everywhere. Just indiscriminately planting trees or other plants, for the matters, will not help anyone in the long term.
Americans Still Aren’t Cooking Much from Scratch—Even coronavirus cannot change the long term behavioral trend toward less cooking. That is a damn shame.
Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic—“Big meat” will lie to you about the nature of the food you are going to eat. “Big meat” will work behind the scenes to fix prices while telling you how they are good for the consumer. “Big meat” will literally kill their employees and tell you that this is the price to pay for abundant food. Wrong.
The 160-Year-Old Reason You’re Obsessed with Your Lawn—Ugh, lawns. If we could just give up lawns and golf America would be a much better place.
The Misunderstood Funeral Tech That’s Illegal in 30 States—The burial industrial complex in the United States is a racket. It is expensive and bad for the environment. My wish is to be composted at the end.