The midterm election is over save for the inevitable recounts, runoffs, and lawsuits. So, it is not really over. Heck, if you are anything like Donald Trump you will never get over the last election. Just saying.
If anyone thought that Democrats taking back the House of Representatives was going to serve as a check on Trump’s worst instincts think again. Within twenty four hours he was already back to his Orwellian self when he held a press conference full of combative lies and followed it up with a Soviet style doctored video to support his banishment of Jim Acosta from the White House. We live in strange times indeed.
On to the links…
How ‘Makers’ Make the Classroom More Inclusive—Maybe we need to make school a little less about preparing for tests and more about making things. I do not care if kids are making art or wooden clocks or theater productions because being responsible for the creation of something is instruction in and of itself.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might Face a Criminal Investigation—Right now is not a good time to be a grifter in the employ of Donald Trump. Ryan Zinke is not facing an ethics complaint, he is facing a freaking criminal investigation for being a con artist and thief.
UN says Earth’s Ozone Layer is Healing—It was not all political news. Too bad China is not honoring commitments to phase out certain ozone destroying compounds and is, instead, allowing for unregulated use.
Voters Raise Nevada Renewables Goal to 50%, NV Energy Has $2B Plans—Nevada’s goal of 15% renewable energy by 2025 was rejected by voters in favor of 50% by 2030. Way to go Nevada.
Navajo Nation Eyes Utility-Scale Solar with Growing Interest—The Navajo Nation possesses a lot of land with a lot of solar potential in the southwest United States. Think about some of that land being deployed to produce clean, green utility scale solar fed into the grid.
Indiana Utility Submits Plan to Move from Coal to Renewables—Losing Indiana to renewable energy is pretty bad for coal because the Hoosier State is surprisingly reactionary in its right wing attitudes toward anything that might be labelled progressive. You know that the economics favor renewables when this is the headline.
Scottish Utility goes 100% Renewable, Pushes Electric Vehicles too—If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap! Could not help myself. I love me some So I Married an Axe Murderer.
British Renewables Hits 42 Gigawatts & Surpasses Fossil Fuels—I am sure that someone will put a half dozen caveats on these numbers, but renewables are a big part of the grid. There was a time when most “experts,” probably just shills hired by coal and gas companies, said that renewables could not be more than a sliver of the grid because of unreliability, etc. Reality has proven them wrong.
The Secret Power of the Flexitarian—The power is in being flexible in achieving your goal.
American Diet Changes Gut Bacteria of Immigrants—This might not be so bad, but apparently the resulting changes lead to an increase in conditions like diabetes, obesity, etc.
One Third of Britons has Drastically Reduced Meat Consumption—This was not done in response to any major external stimuli like a war or depression. Imagine what is possible in this world if we would just decide to live less destructive lives.
Fish Fingers Surprisingly Sustainable, say Conservationists—Fish sticks, or fish fingers to those of you across the pond, are the offal of the seafood aisle. In my house fish sticks still get some love, but we also happen to be big fans of catfish.
Finland: Where Second-Hand Comes First—Think about the impact if we all thought about buying something secondhand before buying new. Sure, new stuff would need to be made to feed the consumption cycle at some point but a world of more durable and high quality goods is a better place.
Embracing Inconvenience—We could all use a little more inconvenience in our lives.