Something about leap year just throws me off. My mind is so wrapped around twenty-eight days in February that an extra day just seems…wrong.
Granted, a lot of stuff seems wrong right now. That seems to be the theme of our world.
On to the links…
Is This the Year Democrats Finally Take Down Steve King?—We can hope so. However, his potential primary opponent is Randy Feenstra is just another right wing extremist with a gentler demeanor.
The Green Miles—If I was Jeff Bezos—I realize that this article is in a paper that he owns—I would spend some of my $10 billion dollar pledge on efforts just like this. How much good could be done by reforesting mountaintop removal mining sites across Appalachia.
Environment and Animal Rights Activists Being Referred to Prevent Programme—Green is the new red. Across the globe environmental activists are being lumped together with the worst violent extremists in a bid to stifle protest.
Renewable Energy Could Power the World by 2050—We know that it is possible. How do we make it probable?
Want Cheaper Electricity? Xcel Energy Wants to Help — If You’re Willing to do Your Laundry at 2 a.m.—Want to deal with the problem of the “duck curve?” Institute time of day or time of use pricing. Between shifting behaviors and advances in energy storage we can deploy ever increasing amounts of renewable energy.
The False Promise of “Renewable Natural Gas”—When a fossil fuel company promises something is renewable it is likely to be a Trojan Horse. Do not trust fossil fuel companies bearing gifts.
Drax Power Plant to Stop Burning Coal—The closure of the largest coal burning power plant in England is now four years ahead of schedule. Coal is in its death throes.
Closing Of Coal Power Plants Means Debates On What To Do With The Water They Used—Coal plants use a lot of water. One of the benefits on moving to renewables is a release of those water rights for other uses.
Most Used Wind Turbine Blades End Up in Landfills. Colorado is Part of the Push to Make the Industry Greener.—This is the latest critique of wind power from the right wing. As if fossil fuels have no waste products. Never mind comparing the relative harm of a windmill blade versus fracking wastewater or mine tailings. Which one would you want in your community?
How to Reduce Your Food’s Carbon Footprint, in 2 Charts—The moral of the story is really eat less meat:
Meat Company Faces Heat Over ‘Cattle Laundering’ in Amazon Supply Chain—You cannot trust the source of your meat unless you know the rancher or farmer. The supply chains are too large and too complex. The meat companies also have a vested financial interest in keeping their supply chains as opaque as possible.
What Happens When You Give Up Plastic—I do not know if the goal needs to be zero plastic. It may be more beneficial for everyone to aim for no stupid plastic.
Oh, No, Not Knotweed!—I have not had the “pleasure” of experiencing knotweed first hand, but everyone I know fears this invasive.