Spring is here in Iowa and that means…well, it initially meant six inches of snow followed by a lot of rain. It also means that one day is sunny and 50 degree while the next day starts out with fog and mid-teens temperatures.
If you do not like the weather, just wait fifteen minutes is what every farmer in the state will tell you over a cup of coffee. I always want to ask, “Who actually likes any of this weather?”
On to the links…
Public Lands are being Sold in Secret on the Internet—This is what you get when a corrupt businessman becomes president and appoints corrupt politicians to run agencies like the Department of the Interior. Scream about Hillary’s emails all day long, but the real scandals that have occurred and will occur under the current administration will take a generation to unpack.
Zinke Creates New Outdoor Recreation Panel Made up of Industry Advisers—This is the best government that money can buy. Trump did not drain the swamp, he appointed every Swamp Thing that he could find to help him loot our country.
The EPA ousted Science Advisers. Now it’s Going after the Science Itself.—You would not want actual science to get in the way of good talking points delivered to your desk by the filthy hand of the oil and gas lobby.
Scott Pruitt’s “Dirty Dealings” Stir a Campaign to Oust Him From the EPA—Is anyone surprised by this? Trump appointed a guy to lead the Department of Energy who wanted to get rid of the department even though he had little idea of what the department actually did. Scott Pruitt is a corrupt stooge.
Trump Wanted to Slash Funding for Clean Energy. Congress Ignored Him.—It turns out that a lot of people and, thus, a lot of members of Congress like clean energy. Despite what the head cheese puff in charge says America is trying to move forward.
Study Predicts Major Expansion of Offshore Wind Along Atlantic Coast—The lead of the story is everything you need to know: “Almost every state along the Atlantic coast — 12 out of 14 — has offshore wind potential that exceeds its current electricity needs, according to a new study.” Well, why don’t we get a move on?
Unprofitable Coal Plants now Play ‘Game of Chicken’ to Survive—Think about the statement “half of U.S. coal capacity ran at a loss last year.” That is to say that half of the U.S. coal plants, measured by capacity not installations, did not make money last year.
California said to be Preparing to Retaliate if Trump Cuts Emissions Rules—Trump and his cronies may think that they have the upper hand here, but it has been fought in court that California has the legal right to set its own stricter emissions standards as their efforts predate federal efforts. Trump will insist that he has the best people and that they will win in court.
Global Carbon Emissions could be Cut 3 percent by Following the UK’s Example—3% may not sound like a lot, but it is a start.
SoftBank and Saudi Arabia to Build World’s Biggest Solar Farm—The numbers on this project are stunning. 200 GW of solar. That is almost three times what the entire country of Saudi Arabia generates in electricity today regardless of source.
Landfills: A Future Source of Raw Materials—Can you imagine a future where autonomous robots “mine” landfills for the raw materials that generations before us threw away as garbage?
Rep. Jeff Backer Tries to Blame Minnesota’s Ag Pollution on… Goose Shit—This is what you get when you elect politicians who proclaim, “I am not a scientist.” This is usually said right before talking about something which a scientist would have a more valuable opinion than an elected hack.
Brewers Association Reports 5% Volume Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers in 2017—At least this is some good news: