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Friday Linkage 9/13/2019

On Friday the 13th I want to “pour one out” for a site that has gone dark.  Think Progress and its companion site Climate Progress were linked to frequently from my blog.  The reporting was always well done and backed up by copious well documented sources.  Editorial factionalism and a bitter unionization battle probably contributed to the demise of the site.  The same problems have plagued other “new media” operations as well over the years, but this is a lost nonetheless.

On to the links…

25 Books That Teach Kids To Care About The Environment—The children, they are the future right?  Well, we should be helping them to understand just how amazing, precious, and threatened this planet of our is in the modern age.

There’s a $218 Billion Design Problem Sitting in Your Fridge Right Now—You want to know the real reason why this will not change?  It’s the same reason that I cannot get parts for an appliance that is just a few years old or why a small part for a car costs hundreds of dollars.  The manufacturers of these products want to sell you a new product.

Why Industry is Going Green on the Quiet—This is a sign of the polarized times that we live in.  If a company can produce the same product using less destructive methods why does it need to be kept secret?  Probably because a reactionary slice of the population will react like their hair is on fire at the mere mention of environmental concern.

A Decade of Renewable Energy Investment, Led by Solar, Tops USD 2.5 Trillion—This gives you an idea about the potential scale of the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables.  If you want to create jobs in the United States you would support renewables at every juncture.  Imagine trillions of dollars more being spent to deploy solar and wind across the United States.

30 Million Acres of Public Land in Alaska at Risk of Being Developed or Transferred—Your public lands are being sold off by the most corrupt and criminal presidential administration in the history of the United States.

Trump Campaign is Cashing in on the Alabama ‘Sharpie’ Controversy he Keeps Complaining About—Every time I think we have reached the height of Trump’s unique combination of stupidity and hubris I am surprised by a new event.  Remember, Trump totally did not change that map.  Trump totally does not know who drew the limp circle showing Alabama in Hurricane Dorian’s path.  However, you can totally “own the libs” by giving his slush fund…er, campaign $15 for a freaking Sharpie.  Get some Trump branded straws to complete you MAGA look for fall.

Department of Justice to investigate BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen—Remember, the right wing is all about states’ rights as long as those states’ rights are about unlimited access to firearms, restricting access to health care, gutting social programs, and in general making the world safe for rich people.  God forbid a state, which has the precedent to set its own emissions standards, would contradict the federal government.

Hydrogen Could Replace Coke In Steelmaking & Lower Carbon Emissions Dramatically—Steel production, like concrete, is a carbon nightmare.  However, steel is essential to modern civilization so any decrease in its carbon intensity is a win for the planet.

Pulling CO2 Out of the Air and Using it Could be a Trillion-Dollar Business—It is doubtful with Moscow Mitch in power that we will ever see a price put on carbon emissions in the United States.  However, what if we could create a market that placed a value on carbon dioxide.

Renewable Energy At Risk In Rural Electric Cooperative Tax Snafu—The Republican tax debacle of 2017 is the gift that keeps on giving.  So to speak.  This piece of garbage legislation that was rushed through because no one actually wanted the details to be public is creating messes just about everywhere.  Wasn’t this the signature legislative accomplishment of so-called policy wonk Paul Ryan’s speakership?

How Much Photovoltaics (PV) Would be Needed to Power the World Sustainably?—I like the thought exercise, but this is not about a single technology.  Freedom from fossil fuels will come as a result of deploying a portfolio of renewable energy technologies combined with greater efficiency.  It is not rocket science.

50 Years Ago a Nuclear Bomb was Detonated under the Western Slope to Release Natural Gas. Here’s how Poorly it Went.—This was someone’s bright idea.  Heck, it was probably the idea of a group of fairly smart people.

It’s Time We Treat Some Forests Like Crops—Let’s just make sure that we do not treat trees like corn or soybeans.  Those crops have been a disaster for Americans.

Invasion of the ‘Frankenbees’: The Danger of Building a Better Bee—What could possible go wrong?  It’s not like scientists have been wrong about making drastic changes to our environment before.

Today’s Special: Grilled Salmon Laced With Plastic—Our love affair with plastic and our inability to deal with its waste is a great, unregulated public health experiment.

The Definitive Superfood Ranking—Can we just stop with the superfood nonsense?  Seriously, you can eat all the kale you want and you will still not be healthy.

Chicago’s New Tool Library Is Awesome, Exactly What It Sounds Like—I own a lot of tools—some bought and some acquired through family—but a lot of my tools just sit for extended periods of time.  This is true even though I use my tools a lot to build furniture and fix things.  For the average user my guess is that tools get used a couple of times at most.

mountainFLOW Launches Plant-Based Ski Wax—I want some.

Friday Linkage 3/30/2012

It’s almost April, so the spring weather we have had for the past couple of weeks is about to take up permanent residence rather than threatening to turn into the March houseguest from hell by delivering a nice late winter storm.  Whew!  Nothing blows a person right back into a winter funk like waking up on a March morning to a foot of wet snow on the driveway.

Soon, the nurseries will be stocked with trees and I can get to work on my master plan for the yard this season.  Lots of shrubs, trees, and perennials will be going into the ground in my never ending quest to eliminate most of my lawn and, thus, eliminate my need to mow.  It’s really all a plot to relieve me of tedium.

On to the links…

6 Things You Should Know About the Value of Renewable Energy—This article really breaks down the key ideas that proponents of clean, renewable energy need to have in their quiver when debating anyone about the merits of renewables.  It’s pretty simple.

Fox News Explains Why President’s Cannot Control Gas Prices—Well, it was from 2008, which means that Fox News pin-up boys George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were in the White House.  Naturally, Barack Obama is to blame now.  He’s also to blame for anything else you can think of when you are on Fox News.

Debunking the Prius Rebound Effect—So, renewable energy is cost effective and president’s cannot control gas prices.  What is next?  The Prius Rebound…that fallacy where a person who gets higher mileage in a car ends up driving more because the marginal cost per mile is lower.  It’s bunk.  Moving on…

Can Pond Scum Save You from $5 Gas—If the president cannot save me from $5 gas, maybe pond scum can.  Okay, maybe not right now.  Then again, if someone offered a direct replacement for gasoline derived from a renewable source at $5 a gallon I would buy that product.  Think about it for a moment.  If algae has this kind of potential, which a lot of very good scientists believe it does, why are we not rushing this technology forward to scale?

Texas Drought is on a Scale No One Alive has Ever Seen—Maybe now that man-made climate change is affecting the favorite state of conservative climate deniers and big oil people will sit up and notice the bad stuff.  More likely is that the air conditioning will get turned up a notch in the Escalade on the way to Sunday service.  Denial is the currency of the ignorant.

One Wind Turbine Produces Enough Electricity for 6,000 People—The statistics on the wind turbines being used in European offshore wind projects are amazing.  The latest project off the cost of Belgium is using turbines rated at 6.15 megawatts or the equivalent of 6,000 people’s electricity usage.  Vestas is developing a 7 megawatt turbine.  Too bad the U.S. cannot get off its ass and start construction on offshore projects like Cape Wind.

Denmark Aims to Get 50% of its Power from Wind—Denmark has goals of 35% of power from renewables by 2020 and 100% by 2050.  The plan is comprehensive and includes that bugaboo of Republicans called efficiency.  Wouldn’t want to tell people they might have to use less unless it’s food stamps or Medicaid or Social Security or whatever Rush thinks is bad today.

The Aquatic Jane Goodall—An interesting profile on conservation biologist Rachel Graham who has worked tirelessly to preserve aquatic species like the whale shark.  Every time I hear about a whale shark I think of my four year old daughter, “It’s a funny name.  It’s not a whale or a shark.  It’s a fish!”  It’s so great having a budding marine biologist in the house.

Popcorn is a Suprerfood—I already liked popcorn because it was a whole grain snack.  Plus, it is minimally processed.  Just heat up some oil in the Whirly Pop and a few minutes later I am in snack heaven.  Now research suggests it is a superfood?  Put away the acai and goji berries.  I am reaching for another handful of perfectly popped superfood baby!

And just because one can never have too many links about Rick Santorum.