This is going to be the last post for a while since I am going to spend the middle part of March chasing powder across the Colorado Rockies. You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy a lift ticket.
On to the links…
Florida Residents Could Soon Get the Power to Alter Science Classes—We live in a world where people are quick to say “I am not a scientist” right before making comments about science. I can see this going very badly, but I can also see it backfiring right into the face of the fundamentalist clowns who want to take us back to a time when we got our scientific knowledge from the pulpit.
Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration—Trump did not drain the swamp, he just redecorated.
Ben Carson’s HUD, Planning Cuts, Spends $31,000 on Dining Set for his Office—Helping poor people get housing is just too much, but this no talent ass clown sees fit to spend over $30k on a dining set for his freaking office. What kind of people have a dining set in their office anyway?
Wind and Solar Power Could Meet Four-Fifths of US Electricity Demand, Study Finds—80% sounds good to me. Remember, just a few short years ago every expert was saying that we could not get past 20% or 30% renewables before problems started making a higher percentage impossible. The future is what we choose to make it and I want mine powered by the sun.
Cost, Not Climate, is Driving Transition to Renewables: BlackRock’s Jim Barry—Look who is making that statement. It is not Ed Begley Jr. or even Bill Nye. It is the freaking manager of a hedge fund.
After Rising for 100 Years, Electricity Demand is Flat. Utilities are Freaking Out.—The key word here is decoupled. It is no longer necessary for electricity demand to march in lockstep with a growing economy. This correlation was at the core of the utilities’ business model for the past one hundred years and now it is garbage.
Tesla Battery ‘Taking Straw Off Camel’s Back’ for South Australia Energy Demand—Energy storage does not need to be able to meet 100% of demand at any particular time to be successful. It needs to moderate the peaks in demand that correspond with the valleys in production. Tesla is showing that energy storage can do this job in the real world.
Tesla Installs 300 Powerwalls to Give Hawaiian School Kids AC—Say what you will about Tesla and Elon Musk, but this company is out there trying to actually do things rather than just running demonstrations all the time and making videos for TED talks.
Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices—Hawaii’s high electricity prices, reliance on imported fuel, and abundant sunshine make it the perfect laboratory for next generation renewable energy solutions. My favorite part of the article is the offhand mention of 60% of the island’s electricity coming from renewable sources.
Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar—The southeastern United States is the last bastion of the utility companies. The dam is finally starting to be breached and the future is now.
Brown Is the New Green: UPS’ Electric Truck Order Heralds a Larger, Cheaper EV Fleet—If just the operators of commercial vehicles made the transition to EVs—where the payback is quicker because of the fuel and maintenance savings—we would be a long way toward reducing our transportation related emissions. Focus on the big hitters first and move down the line later.
It’s Been 51 Days Since a Massive Oil Spill Off China’s Coast. There’s Still So Much We Don’t Know.—Have you seen much news about this? I have not and it kind of frightens me.
Amazon Made $5.6 Billion in Profits Last Year and Reportedly Paid Zero American Dollars in Federal Taxes—Are you sure you want your city in the running for this company’s second headquarters? Remember this every time your Republican legislator says that we need a lower corporate tax rate in the United States. You cannot get any lower than zero. Oh wait, here come the tax credits and subsidies…