This is the future of coal in the United States:
Now, we need to figure out how to get India and China off that crack.
On to the links…
Solar Just Hit a Record Low Price In the U.S.—Remember, once the solar plant is built the fuel is free. If costs for natural gas go through the roof like they have in the past this solar system will be chugging along producing power for the same cost. At least I started off with some good news.
World on Track for 50% Renewables by 2050—Not every headline was ugly this week. We can all hope that this projection is true or, given the nature of past projections about renewable energy, somewhat conservative:
Solar Is the Future. Donald Trump Tied a Bow on It and Gave It to China.—Thank Donny two scoops. It is my belief that the dynamic market in the United States still has the potential to be the innovation leader over China in this space because China is operating from a command economy model that tends to reward inefficient legacy players. We can hope.
For Pruitt Aides, the Boss’s Personal Life Was Part of the Job—When the final accounting is done on the Trump Administration the level of grift and corruption is going to astound historians for decades. That is if our democracy survives another couple of years of this shit storm.
Pruitt Faces Revolt in Trump Country—Not being obsequious to the ethanol industry might even get Scott Pruitt a tongue lashing from Iowa’s crankiest codger Chuck Grassley. It would be funny and ironic if this was the battlefield that Scott Pruitt’s EPA career ended upon.
Even Scott Pruitt’s Friends Have Given Up on Him—Granted, a more pressing political crisis has been crowding out all other news right now but the chorus calling for Scott Pruitt’s ouster is getting louder. It should be easy to slide him out of town on his lotion covered rear end.
Trump’s EPA Greenlighted a Pesticide That Harms Kids’ Brains. Hawaii Just Said, “Hell No.”—It is like there is a sign over the White House that reads, “Big Business, whatever you want we will do it. MAGA!” Seriously, is there any thought behind any decision other than money?
Abandoned Gas Wells Aren’t Adequately Managed—Is anyone actually surprised that oil and gas companies do not do a good job of managing wells once production has ceased? What are the actual repercussions or damages that these companies face for doing a crap job?
Americans Spend 7% Of Income On Gasoline—It’s summer, so it is summer driving season. Seven percent seems like a lot. If only there was a way to get around without using gasoline?
What if Canada had Spent $200bn on Wind Energy Instead of Oil?—I do not like to spend a lot of time on “what ifs” but I found this compelling.
Concrete is the Stuff Civilization is Made Of. But for all its Blessings, There are Huge Environmental Costs—Do we ever sit down and think about the environmental and capital costs of covering everything in concrete? The material is ubiquitous and I doubt anyone ever really thinks about it much more than that.
This Technology Could Fundamentally Change our Relationship to Electricity—The problem is that utilities are generally not rewarded for efficiency as a “cost plus” type business model. Now if the government…sorry, I forgot what our government looks like right now.
Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Won’t Solve Climate Change—This is the technical wizard’s holy grail of climate change mitigation. It is not going to alter the fundamental problem that we put too much carbon into the atmosphere, but it might be part of a near term solution set that allows us to bridge to a more sustainable future.
Most American Homes are Still Heated with Fossil Fuels. It’s Time to Electrify.—As someone who has solar panels, electric appliances including an electric dryer, and lives in a cold climate I do not know if the answer is to electrify our heating systems. I believe that there are more cost effective ways to reduce our fossil fuel “load” that will return more greenhouse gas emission reduction. Plus, it is hella easy to turn down your thermostat.
PR Firm Billed New Orleans Utility Almost $55,000 for Recruiting Power Plant Supporters—You have to love policies so popular that a utility is willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to bring in faux supporters. Now, who is it that is hiring “crisis actors?”
How Can Marine Protected Areas Help Save Our Oceans?—I am sure that Trump will try and figure out a way to prevent any of this from happening as well because Obama designated a marine protected area.
Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away—Life finds a way: