At what point do we look into the abyss and see nothing but Donald Trump’s searing ineptitude staring back at us? Every time the man goes to the podium with a world leader to his right he stumbles through a word salad of “very this” and “tremendous that” without ever actually saying something of substance.
Every time he steps to the podium I am reminded of Robin Williams’ line in Dead Poets Society:
Unfortunately laziness is now the currency of the land.
On to the links…
The Question I Get Asked the Most—Take a moment and read the entirety of Bill McKibben’s piece at Resilience.org. Think about the meaning and do something.
Can Steve King be Defeated? History Says Probably Not—People in his district love Steve King. He is one of the most embarrassing human beings in politics and the people in his district will reelect him in a walk in 2018. Why? They are also the same people who are probably standing behind Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly.
Why Is Trump Ignoring These Good Heartland Jobs?—Why? It does not fit his easy narrative and the man is lazy. It does not matter that renewable energy employs more people than coal and that the renewable energy jobs sector is growing. It also is a narrative that does not line the pockets of Koch Industries and other Trump lovers.
6 Charts That Show Trump Isn’t Stopping the Renewable Energy Revolution Any Time Soon—I hope the conclusion is right. I just hope that there is enough inertia to overcome the amazing level of stupidity coming from Washington D.C. right now.
US Coal Production Hits 38 Year Low—Here is the thing. As coal production volumes fall there is a self-perpetuating cycle of decline that follows because it is a capital intensive business. As coal gets more expensive to mine it gets more expensive to make coal fired electricity, which leads to utilities closing down coal fired power plants. This causes coal demand to fall further which causes the price of mining coal to increase. So on and so forth.
While Trump Promotes Coal, Chile and Others are Turning to Cheap Sun Power—Again, it does not fit his lazy narrative. Plus, solar jobs don’t allow you put on cool hard hats and gesticulate:
Wastewater: The Best Hidden Energy Source You’ve Never Heard Of—I hesitate to call this renewable energy, so why don’t we go with recovered energy. Nonetheless, in a system where we are looking for every kilowatt hour that can be generated from non-fossil fuels this is a potential source of goodness.
What Pollutes the Urban Mississippi? Lawns, Dogs and Lots of Pavement Runoff—We may not be able to make rural communities do something about the runoff from farm fields because the rightward lurch of those areas has made progress a daunting task, but there is a lot that can be done in our urban watersheds.
Pot’s Cousin Explored as Viable Crop Option for Minnesota—Illinois is talking about legalization and Minnesota is exploring hemp. Paying taxes and giving rural communities another crop option is the death knell of federal prohibition.
Ten Cool Facts About Hemp From the NoCo Expo—Did you have an acquaintance in college who spent hours telling you all the cool facts about hemp that “the man” would not allow to become mainstream because reasons? That person is mainstream now.
Peak Auto? These Charts Point to Industry, U.S. Economy Concerns—We may be “over auto-ed” as a country. The implications for the economy are fairly dramatic.
The Couple who Coaxed 300 Acres of Barren Farmland Back into Lush Forest—It’s only 300 acres, but it is also only two people. We have the tools to make the world a better place. Let’s get cracking.