It’s Spring Break week…well, it will be. This will be the last Friday Linkage until the end of the month so please try and make do without. I promise I will be back.
On to the links…
The First Green Terawatt Was the Hardest—Consider that the first “green” terawatt of power came at the highest average cost. The next terawatt or more will come at a price orders of magnitude lower because the highest price is today’s. The prediction is that the next terawatt will be installed by 2023 at half the cost of the first. So, a little more than a fourth the amount of time at half the cost. That is change that I can believe in.
Trump’s Monument Review Was A Big Old Sham—Are we surprised that the process was really about allowing oil, gas, and uranium extraction interests get access to sealed off lands? No one else matters in this criminal administration.
Trump’s Climate Policies Face 6 Big Legal Battles this Year—Here is the thing I wonder about. If Trump loses his bid for reelection in 2020, what happens to all of this stuff in January 2017 when a Democrat walks into the White House and reverses every executive action that the man took over four years?
Five Things a Democratic President Could Do By Declaring a National Emergency Over Climate Change—I would just love to watch Mitch McConnell clutch his pearls and cry about how decorum is gone from U.S. politics even though no one is more to blame for the degradation of politics in this country than he.
Republicans are the Real Threat to Hamburgers, not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—Are Republicans really this stupid? No matter how genuine the policy proposal, Republicans—goaded by Fox News—will turn the discussion into an argument about something that is not even germane to the discussion. It is the ultimate “hey, look, a squirrel” kind of distraction to keep people from talking about real change.
Trump said to Again Seek Deep Cuts in Renewable Energy Funding—Trump’s 2020 budget is dead on arrival in Congress. It is now about the negotiations between the House and Senate as to what the budget will look like.
Cost of Adding New Wind, Solar Energy Continues to Fall in Minnesota—It’s not just cheap, but it is getting cheaper to build out renewables versus continue to operate coal plants.
Harnessing the Sun in Coal Country—Naming the two solar farms Hatfield and McCoy is a little hokey, but I love the juxtaposition of old mountain top removal coal mines being transitioned to solar photovoltaic farms.
Norway’s $1tn Wealth Fund to Divest from Oil and Gas Exploration—This is a little “pot calling the kettle black” as the wealth fund is driven by profits from North Sea oil and gas. However, it is a positive step forward.
Renewables Generated a Record 65 Percent of Germany’s Electricity Last Week—Say what you will, but that is an impressive number.
Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.—I want to know why the United States is getting beat to the punch by a small country like Costa Rica? Why can’t we think big when it comes to addressing the problem presented by climate change?
Coal Power Stations Disrupt Rainfall—As if we needed another reason to stop burning coal.
Scientists Capture Bacteria That Eat Pollution and Breathe Electricity—This sounds like something out of a comic book that gets repurposed by a super villain to defeat our intrepid heroes.
America’s Light Bulb Revolution—LEDs are amazing. How anyone—looking at you Republicans—can be against using less electricity for lighting is beyond me. Oh wait, Fox and Friends does not like LED lightbulbs because, uh, socialism?
The Backyard Mechanic Who is Taking on Tesla—Trust me, Tesla is painted in a bad light here for refusing to sell this guy repair parts but this is not different from a lot of other car companies. You might be able to buy parts for more mainstream cars, but the prices are crazy compared to what the replacement parts actually cost. Just spend some time with Porsche enthusiasts looking at repair parts online.
Why India is a World Leader in Waste Paper—As our trash gets sent around the world, it is important to think about the market forces that drive a country to literally buy something that we consider garbage of little to no value.