Election Day is 95 days away. On November 6, 2018 the people of the United States have the best chance to show the world that Donald Trump and his coterie of right wing, e.g. Republican, enablers do not represent America.
Here in the 1st district of Iowa we have a chance to eliminate the stain of representation that is Rod Blum, a parody of late stage capitalist politician if ever there was one. He has the benefit of being from the same state as Steve King so no one ever calls him the worst politician from the state of Iowa.
On to the links…
Friendly Policies Keep US Oil and Coal Afloat Far More than We Thought—This is where the fight needs to be in the near future. Eliminate all subsidies for energy sources that contribute to climate change. Seriously, do we need to spend public money to subsidize energy companies that have made more money than any other type of company in the history of mankind?
Congress Tries, Fails, to Destroy ANOTHER National Monument—Remember, this is a Congress led by Republicans in both chambers and they still cannot get anything done. Government is not inherently incompetent, it is just incompetent when run by right wingers.
Dozens Of Lion Trophy Permits Issued To Hunters As Trump Rolls Back Import Hurdles—Donny Two Scoops is really looking out for the interests of the American people with this one. How soon before Don Jr. or the goblin shark Eric come back from Africa with a mounted lion?
The EPA Just Undid Scott Pruitt’s Final Act in Office—This is why the election in November is so important. Without a compliant Congress, any changes made by the corrupt Trump administration will be swept away with a change in the Oval Office.
Andrew Wheeler is Afraid to Revoke California’s Fuel Waiver. He Should Be.—The Trump administration is itching to fight over anything that even hints at the previous administration. They should be careful about what they wish for when it comes to legal cases.
Coal Mining Has Destroyed 1.5 Million Acres of Appalachian Forest—Imagine if someone came up with a plan to restore these 1.5 million acres to something resembling a forest? Imagine hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into a region for the largest environmental restoration project in the history of mankind? I can imagine it being possible, can you?
From Coal Mines To Solar Farms: It’s Complicated, But Doable—The landscapes of coal country have been scarred by an extractive industry, see above, that has no interest in the long term viability of the communities or the health of the people left behind.
US Wind Installations To Surge Before PTC Phase-Out In 2021—We can all hope that by 2020 or so there is a more visionary government installed in the U.S. that extends these tax credits to continue one of the few positive developments in our energy infrastructure.
The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery—The era of “big” public works seems to be over, but what if we could use all of that infrastructure to help the transition to a 100% renewable economy?
‘Peak Coal’ is Getting Closer, Latest Figures Show—This is why the deployment of renewables, energy efficiency, and demand destruction are so important. Coal is teetering on the edge of economic relevance and we can topple the beast with a concerted effort.
Energy Dept. Coal and Nuclear Subsidy could Cost Average US Household $160 to $500 Per Year—As coal and nuclear are no longer competitive in the electricity generation marketplace it is now the responsibility of the American people to ensure that these companies make money. Why? Because they donate a lot of money to people like Donald Trump. This is not about national security, it is about keeping coal companies humming along.
UPS Partners with L.A.-Based Startup Thor on Electric Delivery Truck—Electrification of the heavy and medium duty truck market would be a more cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than trying to goose adoption through personal automobile electrification. These commercial vehicles are driven a lot more, bought in large quantities by a single user, and can make an economic case better than personal automobiles.
Have We Reached Peak Storage?—I truly hope we have reached a point where we no longer need to build storage units external to our home to store stuff that we use so infrequently that it can be stored at a remote location.
Marie Kondo Wants You to Buy More Boxes—What the shit? Is this when you know a trend has really “jumped the shark?” I thought the idea behind this was to buy less stuff? We’re all just pimps for something.
Why Your Kid Needs Time Just to Be—As parents we are a seriously neurotic bunch worrying about our kids future. Maybe, just maybe, the key to raising a happy child is to let them be a kid once in a while. Or, letting them just be a kid a whole lot.