Just when you think that it cannot get worse…it does. With the case counts for coronavirus exploding maybe we should stop talking about waves and just refer to this as a tsunami. We never got through the first wave because that was just a prelude to what an incompetent government will allow to happen when all it pursues is the grift.
However, as bad as the government’s response to all of this has been there are people out there actually trying to be worse. As in consciously trying to be worse. Yes, I am looking at the living embodiment of popped collars and salmon colored shorts Tucker Carlson. You would think that someone who has spent a lifetime living in privilege off the backs of others’ sacrifice without ever having any of his own skin in the game would avoid questioning the patriotism of someone who served you would be wrong. The human boat shoe has decided that Tammy Duckworth is not patriotic enough to…well, statues or something.
It is irrelevant because someone’s late night mistake in the Hamptons is really just trying to gin up faux controversy among his most rabid followers for a bump in the ratings. Do not be surprised if good ol’ Tucker signs a new contract with Fox News for big money. That network is going to need someone on the masthead when Hannity is put out to pasture as his lips are surgically attached to Trump’s ass.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
‘Green Tsunami’ Washes Over France’s City Halls—People woke up an realized that they like cities that serve people over cars. It is even better if the air is clean, the water is pure, and you can actually hear something other than rumbling engines. Oh the humanity!
Revealed: Legislators’ Pro-Pipeline Letters Ghostwritten by Fossil Fuel Company—It must be tough being a fossil fuel shill these days because people are actually questioning your motives. Maybe these guys could put a little more effort into hiding their corruption.
Gigantic Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline Done In By Humble Household Heat Pump—If we just use less energy we do not need to be snookered into allowing fossil fuel companies to do whatever they want. Of course, I could also say that if we not quite as lazy as a society we could do a lot more. Damn humans.
Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Keystone XL Project—It is not the best week to be in the pipeline business in the United States.
Coal Reaching ‘Tipping Point’ vs Renewables—Here is the line of the day, the report “found that replacing the entire coal fleet with clean energy could be done at a net saving to the global economy as soon as 2022.”
The Next Paradigm For Oil Is Here—Oil and natural gas are boom and bust businesses. Anyone who tells you different is just someone who has not been around long enough. Just ask hardened industry veterans what the late 1980s were like in Denver and Houston.
Spain Closes Nearly Half of its Coal-Fired Power Stations—Spain is the energy laboratory to watch in Europe. It does not have the advantage of a large hydropower infrastructure to fall back on as it transitions to ever greater reliance on renewables.
Coal Under Attack As Germany Announces Plans To Be Coal Free By 2038—Now imagine if Germany had decided to keep its nuclear plants open and push for a coal free future sooner. I know, crazy talk.
Giant Flywheel Project in Scotland Could Prevent UK Blackouts—Projects like this enable the energy transition. It’s not that we cannot build enough renewable energy capacity, but that the matching of supply and demand is not exact.
The Future Of EV Charging May Be At 50KW, Not The ‘Gasoline Thinking’ of 250KW—Charging an EV does not have to be a gas station like experience because for the most part I can charge my EV at home when the time to charge is less relevant versus the convenience of just plugging in. It is a change in thinking.
US Rivers and Lakes are Shrinking for a Surprising Reason: Cows—Americans eat too much meat and consume too much diary. These same animals also are responsible for almost a quarter of the water consumption in the country. Go meatless and save the planet.
Farmers and Animal Rights Activists are Coming Together to Fight Big Factory Farms—A more resilient food system would not depend on CAFOs and large slaughterhouses. It would be a system of a large number of small producers selling to a large number of independent slaughterhouses in a series of knit together regional food systems. One closure would not remove 20% of the nation’s meat supply.
Could Paying Farmers to Store Carbon Help the Climate and Save Farms?—Instead of subsidizing crops and livestock that damage the planet (see above) why don’t we subsidize farmers to do good things like sequester carbon?
The Construction Industry Draws on Green Tech with Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Equipment—Off road construction equipment is a dirty place. These engines have very few pollution controls and the pollution exposes anyone near the exhaust to high levels of damaging particulate.
It’s Time to Grieve the World We’ve Lost to Climate Change—and Start to Move On—The future is here and we need to learn to live in it.
Can Civilization Survive What’s Coming?—The planet will continue on. Human beings may continue on, but our civilization as we know it might not make the transition. Do we even want it to at this point?