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Friday Linkage 5/24/2019

You may not believe climate change is here and you may not believe that the strange weather we have seen this spring is the future, but I have seen what our flagrant disregard for science has wrought and it is not pretty.

Rain events that were once rare are now common.  Floods in Iowa are an annual or more regular occurrence.  My prediction is that after a wet and cold spring we will have a hot and dry summer.  Nothing like a little baking heat and drought to bookend the seasons.

On to the links…

How the Baby Boomers Wrecked the Economy for Millennials—Let’s start a new trend where we replace “Millennials are killing…” with “Baby Boomers wrecked…”  Never has a generation produced so little when given so much and left such a mess for future generations to clean up.  As a member of the tail end of Generation X—whatever the hell that means anymore—I feel like we will spend the next twenty years sweeping up the rubble of Baby Boomers’ excess.

If 2020 Democrats Are Going to Be Serious About Climate, They Need to Cut Out Congress—The U.S. Senate is a retrograde institution run by a power hungry vestige of the post-Civil War southern power structure who cares for nothing other than his own political power.  The 2020 Democratic nominees need a plan that can be acted on from Day One in office.

Scientists Have Pinpointed the Mystery Source of an Ozone-Destroying Chemical—Trump may be wrong on almost everything, but his desire to realign our relationship with China may not be that awful.  His methods are crap, but there is something fundamentally rotten about the way that China does business.  Agreements are meaningless, business is paramount, everything else be damned…kind of sounds like the modern Republican Party.

Xcel’s Plan to 2030: Close Two Coal Plants, Extend Nuclear Plant, Add More Solar—Coal is dead.  It is just going to take some time for the dinosaur to roll over and actually know its dead.

Puerto Rico Got Rid of Its Coal Ash Pits. Now the Company Responsible Is Moving Them to Florida.—At what point can we just write off the entire state of Florida?  If there is a bad idea that has failed everywhere else, it will get a new lease on life in Florida.  If there is a grifter who has been run out of every town in America, that person will eventually end up somewhere in Florida.

Critics Question Ethics Behind Impossible Burger’s Rapid Fast-Food Expansion—The purity police are out to get Impossible Foods now that they are working with fast food chains.  This is ridiculous.  Every animal based burger replaced with a plant based burger is a win.

Impossible Foods’ Rising Empire of Almost-Meat—The buzz is there.  Now it is time for Impossible Foods to see if they can execute in an efficient enough manner to actually scale their business.

It’s Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain—Maybe the new guideline should be “If you cannot figure out how to make the food at home you should not eat that food.”  Can’t figure out how to make a homemade PopTart?  Do not eat a PopTart.

It is Solved by Walking—Just putting one foot in front of the other is a powerful choice in a world defined by our mechanized transport.

Americans Need More Bike Transit – And these Nonprofits are Bringing It—Bicycles are a humble solution to the problem of transportation emissions.

There Is No Excuse for You to Casually Drink Bottled Water—Outside of people dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, why are we even having this discussion about bottled water?

It’s Time to Embrace American Hemp Production—Did you have that guy in your dorm who always liked to tell you about the magic nature of hemp?  I remember that guy.  Maybe he was not so crazy after all.

5/11/2018 Friday Linkage

The world is full of bad news.  However, a beacon of hope was shining this week when it was announced the Wyld Stallyns would be returning for a third installment of most excellent adventures.

San Dimas high school football rules!

On to the links…

What Genuine, No-Bullshit Ambition on Climate Change would Look Like—Here is the deal: We have the tools necessary to make a serious effort to combat the causes of climate change.  We understand the risks of climate change and we can estimate the costs.  We have no excuses.

Winter Athletes Aren’t Going to Let Snow Vanish Without a Fight—I am a member of Protect Our Winters, but if you are a skier or a snowboarder or anyone who just likes winter you should be a supporter.

695,000 Winter Sports Jobs at Risk Due to Climate Change—Those million dollar houses are not going to be worth very much when the ski slopes are abandoned for lack of snow:


EPA Clamping Down on Public Records Requests Related to Scott Pruitt—Take a moment to remember that Donald Trump was the political outsider who was going to “drain the swamp.” Too bad he just found the worst creatures to repopulate his swamp.

Passengers ‘Lashing Out’ At Scott Pruitt Justify First-Class Travel, New EPA Memo Says—People were going to be mean to Scott Pruitt so he had to fly first class.  That is the logic of these people.  It is also just corruption and thievery.

EPA “Head” Scott Pruitt Discounts The Value Of Human Life—This is dynamic scoring for the pollution set.  Your health and well-being does not matter one bit compared to the profits to be gained by soiling the air, ground, and water.  This is the world of Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt.

Rick Perry Suggests Using ‘National Security’ to Override Opposition to Pipelines—If “national security” were really the goal, would it not be a better solution to produce power as locally as possible so it was not reliant on an exposed infrastructure?

Sun And Solar Power Cut Electricity Demand From New England Grid To Lowest Ever—Demand for baseload power dropped to a level lower than when the sun is not shining.  Solar works.

For First Time Ever, Solar Dominates UK Power Supply—This is the United Kingdom, famous for its notoriously gray weather, not Spain, famous for its sun.

US Wind Development Surges As Pipeline Exceeds 30 Gigawatts—The pipeline is critical because these are the projects that will keep the industry humming along until we can vote out the fossil fuel soaked members of Congress and the sitting President.

U.S. Added 2,000 Wind Turbines in 2017—AI Would Add 2,200 More Today—It’s not about adding more wind turbines, but wringing more power out of the wind turbines that we have already installed.  Combined with replacing the oldest and least efficient wind turbines there is a huge opportunity to expand power production.

The Puerto Rican Families Who’ve Gone Off the Grid—Puerto Rico is the unintentional laboratory for renewable energy and resilient microgrids.  What this community has learned the hard way will be good lessons in our rapidly changing climate.

The Miracle of Finland: What a Tiny Northern Minnesota Town can Teach America—In a less industrialized and less carbon intensive world I think that things will begin to look a lot more like Finland, Minnesota.

Cheap Tires Are Costing You Money and Probably Also Killing the Planet—I have a car enthusiast friend who always says, “People will spend five bucks a day on a cup of coffee, but want to save a few dollars on tires which are the only thing between you and the road.”  I have the same feeling about bicycle tires as well.

Friday Linkage 3/23/2012

It must be a presidential primary and election season because the $5 gallon of gas hype machine is in full swing.  Never mind that the president has little or no impact on the price of oil, let alone the price of gasoline, it has not stopped people like Mitt “My Campaign is a Den of Lies” Romney, Rick “Please don’t Google me” Santorum, and Newt “I am so out of it” Gingrich from somehow assigning blame.

Truth does not matter to these people so why should things like economics, international relations, and science…oh wait, these are the guys pandering to the same people who deny global climate change and argue about the scientific merit of evolution.  Because a guy building a boat to haul all the world’s animals seems like such a plausible thing.  Oh wait, God helped.  It must be nice to have the fallback argument that requires no thought.

On to the links…

U.S. Inching Toward Energy Independence–Long the goal of presidents going back to at least Richard Nixon, U.S. energy independence–e.g. no longer dependent upon Middle Eastern oil–is actually a possibility in the near future.  Granted, it’s about a multiplicity of factors including increased domestic production of fossil fuels, increased fuel efficiency, and decreased demand.  However, I bet the current crop of Republican candidates won’t mention any of this.

New York City Energy Usage Mapped Out–Check it out, it’s an infographic and energy efficiency wrapped into one link.  Love it!

Bold Words About Solar–At the MIT Energy Conference a number of attendees made bold proclamations about solar.  The basic hurdle to widespread adoption is less about the cost of the technology and more about the total cost of the system including the bureaucracy surrounding getting a system installed.  For once I agree with the Republican call for government to get out of the way.

New Geothermal Goes Online Near Salton Sea–Geothermal is a vast underutilized energy resource because it is carbon neutral and it is baseload.  It;s like nuclear without all of the problems.

India Has Twenty Times More Wind Power Potential than Previously Thought–Pretty much says it all right there.

Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal Continues Tradition of Senseless Oil Subsidy–Yep, Paul Ryan thinks it is a good idea to continue lavishing taxpayer dollars on enormously profitable oil companies.  Sounds like austerity to me.

Agenda 21 Now Illegal in Tennessee–Making something illegal seems to be the new mantra of conservatives.  If you do not agree with it, make it illegal. If you like it, stuff it down people’s throats.  Great leadership strategy.

Parking Spaces Cover More Space in America than Puerto Rico–Because making smart growth ideas illegal is such a good idea, we should not talk about things like parking spaces covering more space in the U.S. than the entire island of freakin’ Puerto Rico.  What a joke.

At Bicycle Habitat, Welcoming Everyone–It’s a simple chronicle of a bicycle shop in Manhattan.  It makes me miss the relationship I built over fifteen years with my local shop in Winona, Minnesota.

Norway Leads Call for EU Ban on Fish Discards–Norway, which has already banning the practice of discarding edible bycatch, is now calling for an EU wide ban on the practice.  It is a proven step toward helping our overfished seas recover.

Sustainable Coffee Farming in Haiti–I have always found Haiti to be on of the most glaring and awful failures of the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere.  We spend billions of dollars on foreign aid, a lot of it for military aid, and there is a country in our backyard suffering through horrible deprivation.  Why?  At least Todd Carmichael and  La Colombe Torrefaction is trying to do something about it through coffee.

Rick Santorum–Just because I dislike almost everything about the guy.