There will be no Friday Linkage next week since I will be in Colorado enjoying all that Beaver Creek has to offer a low-rent skier like myself.
On to the links…
Iowa Sees Second Warmest February in 145 Years—Nothing to see here, right?
These Photos Show How the EPA Transformed America—Now that the fox is in charge of the hen house it is important to remember what America was like before the EPA and other agencies focused on cleaning our air and water. No one wants to bring disco back and no one wants to bring 1960s style pollution back either.
Scientists Are Standing Up to Trump Because They’ve Always Stood Up to Bullshit—The right wing loves people to be active in politics as long as they agree with their narrow world view and, generally, assume positions that are free from a factual basis. “But, Jesus said so in the Bible!” Scientists and scholars are duty bound to resist this shit.
Yet Another Energy Company Bails On Canadian Tar Sands Oil — Is Koch Next?—Tar sands are too expensive to extract under the current market conditions, too dirty for most people to accept as a fuel source, and stuck in Canada. So why exactly are people in the fossil fuel industry and the White House so hell bent on the Keystone XL pipeline?
California Just Hit an Incredible Solar Power Milestone—It was for just a moment, but California was producing some serious solar power in the middle of the day.
Colorado’s Solar Power Capacity Jumped 70 Percent in 2016—The best part for me is that even though Colorado added 70% more capacity its relative ranking compared to other states feel because it did not add enough capacity. When you add 70% more capacity in one year and lose ground you know that something is happening that is going to be hard to stop.
Solar Now Cheapest Electricity Option On Average In 58 Emerging Economies—The new guard of electricity is here and it is based on the sun. These countries have no incentive to build out a fossil fuel based grid because they have no capital investment tied to legacy systems.
Chinese Coal Draw-Down Gathers Pace—China is always the savior of some down-on-its-luck industry. Guess what? China does not want our coal anymore.
Coder Creates Ultimate Tesla Model S + Home Solar Data Visualization Tool—I cannot create the fuel for my truck at home, but I could create the fuel for a Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt at home. The future seems to be happening right now.
America’s Television Graveyards—When the apocalypse comes in the next couple of years I imagine people will roam the shattered United States and happen upon one of these warehouses full of old CRTs. It will be a gigantic metaphor for how we got into this mess.
General Mills Boosts Eco-Friendly Grain Kernza—What if we could replace a portion of destructive annual wheat production with perennial Kernza? What is wide strips of Kernza were planted along streams to slow runoff and deter erosion? Imagine the potential.
Climate Ecoforestry—Let’s look to restorative ecology to rebuild our planet’s lost resilience.
This Man is Cloning Old-Growth Redwoods and Planting them in Safe Places—Imagine efforts like this replicated on a larger, dare I say nationally mobilized scale, and imagine what we could achieve in a short period of time. This requires no new technology or process. It would simply require political will and capital.
You’re Using Recipes Wrong—I have this complaint with cookbooks and recipes because I feel like I am buying bespoke ingredients only to repeat effort time and time again. Ugh. An efficient kitchen in terms of time and money should be one of my 2017 goals.