If there is one thing that was not going to reassure the American people it was Donald Trump giving an address from the Oval Office. It kind of went like this:
If there is any toilet paper left in any big box store after last night I would be surprised.
On to the links…
How Big Oil and Big Soda kept a Global Environmental Calamity a Secret for Decades—If there is one aisle of the grocery store that I wish I could eliminate overnight it would be the soda aisle. It is usually an entire aisle filled with sugary beverages that bad for our health that are packaged in single use plastic bottles and cans.
Coronavirus Could Cause Fall in Global CO2 Emissions—It’s not a good thing that we are dealing with coronavirus. However, maybe it will make us realize that we can reduce our global carbon emissions without reducing our standard of living too dramatically.
Three Charts that Explain What Coronavirus is Doing to Climate Emissions—This can give you an idea of what is happening. It is actually part of a long historical trend, not surprising, where crises lead to depressed greenhouse gas emissions. The question is what happens afterward.
Carbon Emissions Fall as Electricity Producers Move Away from Coal—Natural gas and renewables are eating coal’s lunch. It is my hope that the next time natural gas prices spike that utilities really lean into renewables and we see the same death spiral for natural gas. A boy can hope, right?
The Coal Industry Has Lost Almost One Thousand Jobs Since Trump Became President—Somewhere, someone is wondering just when is Donald Trump going to make “coal great again.” It is not going to happen, but do not let that stop people from believing.
Virginia Becomes the First State in the South to Target 100% Clean Power—Virginia may geographically be “in the south” but its politics have been trending more like a northeastern blue state for years now.
The Climate (and All of Us) may have Dodged a Big Bullet, All Thanks to Trump’s Incompetence—Our collective future hangs on the incompetence of “Trumplicans.” These people are so bad at their job that just figuring out what they failed to accomplish will probably take the next administration months to figure out.
As the World Burns, Americans Buy Bigger Cars—I wish we would just stop this delusion of SUVs, crossovers, or whatever the marketing people decide to call butched up wagons. As the drive of a compact Nissan Leaf I can tell you the car pretty much handles every daily task that I could ask of it. Hauling bags of softener salt back from the store? Check. Taking my bike to a trailhead for a group ride? Check.
Minneapolis Bets on Walking, Public Transit to Overtake Driving by 2030—If Minneapolis, a city known for a long and miserable winter, can develop a workable transit plan that includes walking then it is my belief that any city in America can pull off the same trick.
How Heat Pumps can Help Fight Global Warming—It’s about efficiency and heat pumps are wicked efficient. Heat pumps are also a part of the deep electrification path for our economy because they use electricity rather than natural gas to produce heat for your home.
How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability—If South Korea can pull off a nationwide increase in composting then the United States should also be able to pull this off.
UK’s Lost Sea Meadows to be Resurrected in Climate Fight—When I see articles like this I wonder how easily and cheaply we can scale some climate solutions. Seriously, this is a guy seeding shallow water with a bag towed behind a small motorboat. Are you telling me that a few million dollars could not put a ton of people to work doing this across whole countries?