Presidents, by the very nature of being one who seeks the presidency, are creatures with massive egos. However, the current president—who was the loser in terms of the popular vote lest we forget our recent history—has to be one of the most egocentric human beings to ever inhabit the office. If you take a moment to listen to his interviews or read his tweets, which may lead to a little bit of vomit coming into your mouth, you see someone driven by the need to be the center of everything. Humility is not something that this man brings to the office. Ugh…how many more days of this do we have?
Oh right, it’s only 3 years 9 months and 7 days until the next president takes office. But who is counting?
On to the links…
The Latest Test for the White House? Pulling off its Easter Egg Roll—Not even capable of pulling off the annual Easter Egg Roll. Sad.
Land Transfer Advocates Steer their Focus to Monuments—This issue demands constant vigilance by advocates of public lands, which thankfully has allied some strange bedfellows in hunters, watermen, skiers, hikers, etc. over the past few months. Nonetheless, clowns like Orrin Hatch and Jason Chaffetz—seriously, is there something in Utah’s water—are going to push the boundaries until they appease their masters.
EPA Ending Program to Prepare for Climate Change—Scott Pruitt will go down in history as one of the villains of the Anthropocene. When the history is written by our children and grandchildren he will be remembered as a corporate shill more interested in lining the pockets of his Koch-backed overlords than preserving the environment for the people of the United States.
The De-Electrification of the U.S. Economy—I would not go quite as far as the author suggests, but there are promising trends in the decoupling of electricity consumption and economic activity.
More Subsidies than You Think Influence the Cost of Electricity—Our electricity generation and distribution system is a mess. Subsidies are one reason why because the price we pay—assuming we even know what the price is per kilowatt hour—is distorted by a plethora of subsidies.
California’s Rising Solar Generation Coincides With Negative Wholesale Electricity Prices—Check out these two charts:
Distributed solar is huge—or is it yuge?—in California.
Washington State’s New 8 Megawatt-Hour Flow Battery is the Largest of its Kind—A big problem with renewables is variability and alignment with demand. Take solar. It’s production peaks right before the big demand peak from people coming home from work. It’s the so-called duck curve. Flow batteries are promising as a technology to deploy grid level energy storage for managing this mismatch.
Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Installs Solar—It’s not April Fool’s Day. It’s just reality.
Appalachia’s New Trail: Finding Life after Coal—Appalachia, which is an odd way to define a fairly diverse region, has struggled economically since its settlement. It is not conducive to industry and it has been used a pawn in politics for almost as long as there have been political parties in the U.S. It’s residents have been abused by corporations claiming to act in their interests and governments forget about the region except every four years.
When Solar Panels Became Job Killers—China’s policies have created an economic situation where the price of solar panels has been driven artificially low. This has led to a lot of non-Chinese companies being unable to compete with cheap Chinese solar panels.
SolarCity Will Begin Accepting SolarRoof Orders This Month—I really want some of these on my roof.
Making American Hydropower Great Again—Nobody is suggesting building new dams, but retrofitting older dams with new technology could lead to an increase in the available hydropower in the United States. Hydro is clean, base load power that we need to help even out the differences between peak production and peak demand.
The Best Way to Restore Environments in the Face of Climate Change—Restoration ecology is going to be a major theme of the next few decades as we look to repair the damage that we have caused. Best practices need to be figured out and shared as broadly as possible.
Rising Salt Levels Threaten Twin Cities Lakes by 2050—There is so much salt runoff from winter road salt that urban lakes will likely by devoid of fish because of rising salinity within our lifetimes. As if we have not screwed up the planet enough.
New Sharing Depot Opening Reflects Success of Toronto’s Library of Things Movement—I want this to be the future. Do I really need to own half or more of the tools I use once or twice year? No. Why does every house in a suburban neighborhood own their own lawn mower that gets used for an hour or so each weekend? What a waste. Sharing is caring, folks.