I was prepared to write some snarky comments about how the voters of Alabama could look past someone being a certifiable crazy person and child molester but could not stomach voting for a Democrat. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that at least enough voters in Alabama had the good sense to not vote for Roy Moore.
The frightening thing is that more than 48% of voters who participated in that special election thought that Roy Moore was the right person to represent them, the state of Alabama, and the values of the United States of America. There is nothing that encapsulates our broken system, riven by partisanship, more than that fact.
Imagine there was a special election in say Colorado where the Democratic candidate was accused of cruising the mall for teenagers, had been twice removed from office for failing to follow the laws of the land, and had defended slavery. Can you imagine the howls from people like Sean Hannity and Fox & Friends. Instead, put an elephant on that candidate and he is the last, best chance to protect America from…access to healthcare?
On to the links…
Trump’s Interior Secretary: Shameless Tool of Oil and Gas Industries—The more light that we can shine on Ryan Zinke’s agenda and actions the better the world will be for it. Like the other Trump kleptocrats he is gorging on a buffet of public goods to enrich his friends and donors. Take a moment and read up on the scandals of the Warren G. Harding administration and tell me if you see some similarities.
The Interior Department Is Giving Business to Secretary Zinke’s Billionaire Pal—Can you smell the corruption that Ryan Zinke is cooking? This guy does not care that he is corrupt because there is nothing you can do about it. This guy is the point man for the theft of your public goods.
Reclaiming Appalachia: A Push to Bring Back Native Forests to Coal Country—Coal country is a damaged place. Decades of dominance by companies that care little for the land or people has left a landscape scarred. Healing that landscape in a deliberative way is a great step forward.
How American Cities & States are Fighting Climate Change Globally—The federal government is in the bag for fossil fuels and ideologues who would have you believe that human caused climate change is some kind of hoax cooked up by academics and liberals. As if those groups can be counted on to agree on a menu for a campus mixer without things devolving into a bloodbath of recriminations let alone conspire on a global scale in secret. Cities, municipalities, and states are where the climate change action is happening right now.
Here’s What Carbon Neutral Electricity Could Look Like for Fort Collins—Cities are starting to figure out just how much power they have to transform the energy system of the future.
Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Subsidy Won’t Keep Power Plants Open but Will Raise Prices—Let’s see, a plan championed by all hat, no cows Rick Perry is destined to fail in its ultimate goal yet still raise prices for consumers. It’s like Republicans under Trump have decided that it is okay to get all of the downside risk while achieving none of the goals. Also remember that this plan is essentially a sop to a half dozen or so coal barons who want a federal bailout without actually asking for a federal bailout. You know, the free market and all.
The Federal Land at Stake in Trump’s Rush for More Drilling—Trump and the rest of his kleptocrat cronies are running high on the hog right now in transferring public goods into private resources. If you think that there is anything public about land being opened for oil and gas drilling try getting near one of these facilities out west. Your ass will end up in the back of a sheriff’s car real fast.
‘Death spiral’: Half of Europe’s Coal Plants are Losing Money—Coal is on the brink. Why? It is losing money.
Australia Has Already Hit 1 Gigawatt Of Solar Installed In 2017, Breaking Multiple Records—1 GW is a lot of solar. Every week seems to bring a solar story from Australia that highlights that country going all in on solar.
Rooftop Solar and EVs Save Water and Cut Pollution in Texas – and Data can Help Us go Further—As we enter a period of climate change stressing water supplies it is important to consider the second order effects of renewable electricity. It takes a lot of water to produce grid electricity from coal, nuclear, or natural gas. A solar panel requires zero water to do the same thing.
Are Pigs Eating our Food?—This is a fairly nuanced look at the idea that livestock is eating our food in a 1:1 direct substitution. The truth is much more complex, as the truth tends to be, as livestock—depending upon the species—eat residues from other agricultural production processes that are essentially waste products or eat substances that humans cannot eat directly for sustenance.
Expect a Meat Tax within 5-10 Years—Five to ten years seems a little sporty, but as we fully understand both the environmental and health impacts of eating meat there will be an increasing drumbeat for some sort of action. In the United States I think that the easiest solution would be to end the crop subsidies that make CAFOs possible. Without subsidized corn and soy there would be no way that companies could make CAFOs work.
How Our Housing Choices Make Adult Friendships More Difficult—Is it just our housing or is it our entire society?