It’s 2019 and the resolutions are flying. People are flocking to the gym to exercise and stopping two days later because delayed onset muscle soreness kicks in. Trust me, there will be very few people in the gym this weekend.
I have no idea what 2019 will bring, but I am hopeful that it is a better year than 2018.
On to the links…
The Case for “Conditional Optimism” on Climate Change—I want to be optimistic that we have reached an inflection point in the international mood regarding climate change and the world is ready to act. It is hard to be optimistic in the United States when Donald Trump occupies the White House and Republicans control the Senate.
24 Million Jobs Could Be Created From Meeting Paris Climate Agreement Targets—Going green will create jobs. This is the promise of a so-called Green New Deal. Deploying wind turbines, installing solar panels, building mass transit, retrofitting buildings, and so on will put people to work.
Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Seem to Want to Punish Law-Breaking Polluters—It’s not just about the laws that get changed, but the laws that do not get enforced as well.
Trump’s U.S. Coal Consumption Is Less Than Obama’s—Sad. So sad.
How Does Your State Make Electricity?—The graphs in this article are just great. Take a look at Iowa’s transformation into a wind energy powerhouse:
Gotta’ do something about that remaining coal.
Ten Charts Show How the World is Progressing on Clean Energy—We are making progress. We can make the transition to clean energy. It just takes political will.
Renewables Set To Account For 38% Of German Electricity In 2018—Germany has been building renewable energy capacity like crazy and in some periods of 2018 renewables accounted for more than 43% of electricity. The caveat is that the current pace of deployment will not get the country to its stated goal of 65% renewable energy by 2030, but that seems like critics trying to salve their wounds over good news for renewables.
Perovskite Solar Panels Edge Closer To Production As Prices Fall—The price per watt for solar panels has already fallen dramatically. However, perovskite based panels promise to bring that price down even more. Imagine a world of roofs covered in cheap solar panels sucking up the energy from the funky yellow sun.
Fulfilling the Potential of Biogas in Spain—Biogas is something that most discussions about renewable energy never discuss. Maybe because it seems like sorcery or alchemy. Maybe it’s because the process often involves animal waste. I do not know.
Dakota Access Pipeline Developer Misses Year-End Deadline to Plant Trees—Is anyone surprised that Energy Transfer Partners has failed to meet its commitment for planting trees as a condition of building this pipeline? Not me. It is the standard operating procedure for these companies to promise many things and deliver on nothing. Every tree not planted is another dollar into the pocketbook of the shareholders.
Native Shrubs and Why They’re Essential for Carbon Sequestration—Our landscaping lacks layers. In the United States it is all about trees and turf grass. It is a monoculture masquerading as a functioning landscape.
Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills—This is the problem with American politics right now. Too many people believe the bile spewed about the government on Fox News, but fail to realize just how dependent that they are on the government. It reminds me of the Tea Party clowns telling the government to keep their hands off of Medicare.