Well that was an interesting week. Scott Pruitt “resigned” amid corruption that had not been seen since the Warren G. Harding administration. Donny Two Scoops got to nominate another justice to the Supreme Court and he promptly picked the most white toast candidate possible. Another judge that comes from an Ivy League background, clerked for a Supreme Court justice, worked in Washington D.C. and so on. For a guy who was going to “drain the swamp” he is operating pretty much like a dyed in the wool establishment Republican when it comes to the Supreme Court.
I guess we have to wonder if Steven Mnuchin or Ryan Zinke will be the next stooge on the corruption stage. I am voting for Mnuchin only because his wife is just like a villain from a Disney movie.
This is the last very special Scott Pruitt section of links…
Read Scott Pruitt’s Bizarre Resignation Letter—Can we call for a moratorium on right wing a-holes praising God no matter how reprehensible their actions may have been? Scott Pruitt is a horrible human being who was only looking out for himself. God had nothing to do with anything that he did.
Scott Pruitt is Gone, but the Trump Administration’s Culture of Corruption Remains—The corruption is on display for everyone to see. Republicans must be made to answer for why they have allowed a public looting of the American enterprise by Trump, his family, and his cohort of cartoon stooges.
Scott Pruitt Investigations Aren’t Ending just Because he Resigned—He can always hope that he gets a pardon from the head cheese puff.
Scott Pruitt is Leaving Behind a Toxic Mess at the EPA—The EPA is a mess. Environmental regulation and enforcement under Trump is a disaster. Andrew Wheeler, Scott Pruitt’s replacement, is like replacing Cruella De Ville with Mother Gothel. One villain is a lot more showy than the other, but they are both horrible people.
Scott Pruitt Gave “Super Polluting” Trucks a Gift on his Last Day at the EPA—It’s one last middle finger to the majority of Americans as Scott Pruitt finds a way to reward a campaign donor yet again.
Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Is Just The Start—We can hope. However, given how pervasive the corruption is at every level of this administration and given the complicit nature of Congressional Republicans the best chance to really turn up the heat will not come until a new Congress is sworn in this coming January.
On to the links…
Thanks to Natural Gas, US CO2 Emissions Lowest Since 1985—This is one of those good news, bad news kind of things. Emitting less CO2 is good. However, natural gas production may be emitting a lot of unaccounted for methane which is like a supercharged greenhouse gas compared to carbon dioxide. It also begs the question about us making an actual transition to renewables.
China Is Swallowing A Bitter Pill And Trying To Cut Its Coal Use—China realizes that burning coal to power its economy is causing too much trouble. When China decides to go coal free what hope does the old black rock have of being relevant as an energy source in the future?
One of the World’s Biggest Insurers Is Ditching Coal—Insurance is one of those boring but important facts of business. If your project cannot get insured, you will be forced to offer investors a higher rate of return which will reduce your economic competitiveness. In the case of coal, this will put the old dirty fuel another step behind cleaner alternatives.
New Utility Settlement Highlights how Ohio Utilities are Leaving FirstEnergy Behind on Clean Energy—FirstEnergy might have a better chance of bringing back Blockbuster than trying to revive the hopes for its fleet of coal burning power plants.
The First Fully Solar-Powered Ski Area: Wolf Creek, CO—If you ski you should care about renewable energy because it might be the only hope that we have of actually getting to ski on snow in the future. Way to go Wolf Creek on going 100% solar. Totally!
EPA Blocks Warnings on Cancer-Causing Chemical—This is the kind of government you get when you elect people who tell you that they hate government.
Why is the Trump Administration Putting a Tariff on Chinese LEDs?—My first inkling is to say that Donald Trump does not understand how international trade works, but the answer is probably that a lobbyist got to write down what products they wanted a tariff on in a book and our dear leader just copied the list down for action. He is the muppet of presidents. It looks like he is in charge, but somewhere hidden is someone with a hand up his ass telling him what to do on a minute by minute basis.
I Gave Up AC This Summer To Live Within My Means. America Should Try That—Maybe we should all try and give up a little something to live within our economic and environmental means.
One in Three Fish Caught Never Makes it to the Plate—We do not need to farm, raise, or fish for more food. We need to waste less of what we already farm, raise, and fish. If you could instantly take the wasted bycatch from the international fishing economy and bring that to market it would mean a more than 30% increase in available protein.
Stop Buying Tilapia! Here Are 5 Other Fish You Need to Try.—Seriously, stop buying tilapia. It is like Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees. It is the dry white toast of fish. It is what Becky would order for dinner after finishing her Frappuccino.