It is February, it is freaking cold, and nothing seems to be going right anywhere. Oh wait, the long awaited third entry in the Bill & Ted cycle may be coming to theaters before the end of the year. Most excellent. It would be a not heinous way to end 2019.
Wyld Stallyns may be forced to face the music, so we can hope that other people in our world—fictional or otherwise—will have to answer for their misdeeds in 2019.
Be excellent to each other! Party on dudes!
On to the links…
The Trump Administration has Lost More than 90 Percent of its Court Battles Over Reregulation—For all the sound and fury of the Trump administration over the past two years—has it really been that long—most of the deregulation efforts have failed to pass legal muster.
Democrats Want Answers about the Interior Department’s Decisions During the Shutdown—Wow, another scandal at the Department of the Interior. This is my surprised face:
US Plug-In Electric Car Sales Charted: December 2018—Check out the market share:
Last year and the year before it could not crack 2% total market share. This year total EV sales went above 3% in the latter part of the year. When does the tipping point occur?
The Biggest Returns—Imagine if there was a way to produce a dollar of economic activity without damaging the planet. Oh wait, we call it energy efficiency. The greenest source of energy is the energy you never need to produce.
Texas Grid Is Now 30% Carbon-Free, Led By Wind—Big red state Texas, actually increasingly purplish, is also a big time state for renewables.
Report says Offshore Wind could Beat Onshore Wind on Cost—Imagine the Atlantic seaboard getting on board with offshore wind. Or the Gulf of Mexico, with an already established industry of offshore specialists, deploying offshore wind rather than drilling for oil. Now, imagine that offshore wind energy is cheap.
Supermarket Cuts Emissions 53%, Offsets Rest—Grocery stores seem like such an easy target for energy efficiency. Just imagine the average dairy section in an average American grocery store. What do you see? I am guessing that it has refrigerated cases open to the ambient air. Why? Just one example of how we can do so much better without really sacrificing our way of life.
Are Cargo Bikes the Future for Urban Deliveries?—The future? In some places this is the present. Bikes are the best solution for delivery of the last mile in denser environments. Let’s see…no pollution, no noise, small footprint…yeah, pretty much awesome.
The Zero-Waste Movement is Coming for your Garbage—Zero waste is a good goal. Here is the better goal: Buy less stuff. Just a reminder, if a company is telling you how green their packaging is it probably means that they are trying to assuage your green guilt and encourage you to buy more.
Eco-Friendly Options for Decluttering Waste—Decluttering is a thing right now. Blame Netflix and Marie Kondo. It was popular when she had a book, but now that people can binge watch a show it is a cultural phenomenon. I just hope that we are finding appropriate places for all of this stuff being tossed out of homes.