I absolutely love the discussion about civility in national politics right now. I love how people like Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or anyone else associated with the right wing can claim to hold any shred of credibility with regard to being civil when these are the same people who have given us the likes of Steve King, Louie Gohmert, and others. Heck, they gave us Donald Trump who is literally the most vulgar person to hold the office of President of the United States in the history of the country. Come at me with a different person, please.
We have truly entered the straight up Orwellian dystopia phase of the current political cycle. Up is down, black is white, and Trump is right. If you are not with the dear leader, regardless of where his policy position is that day, you are against the dear leader even if you have done nothing but maintain long held beliefs. Just wait until they start burning books that do not have more space dedicated to pictures than words.
On to the links…
Scott Pruitt Asked Aides To Find His Wife A $200,000 Job—Scott Pruitt may be the most corrupt person in Washington D.C. since the administration of Warren G. Harding.
It’s Time for the Republican Congress to Impeach the EPA’s Scott Pruitt—This is not the opinion of a liberal mouthpiece. It is coming from a business publication. Here is the thing I wonder about. When the administration changes how will Republicans react to the smallest of infractions by a Democratic administration? What sort of faux outrage will people like Chuck Grassley manufacture after spending the prior four years closing their eyes, plugging their ears, and screaming “La, la, la!” while Trump and his cronies looted America?
This is how People Tried to Teach Scott Pruitt about Climate Science—Remember, this is the man in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. You can’t teach Scott Pruitt because Scott Pruitt is bought and paid for by the oil and gas lobby.
Path to Zero Emissions Starts Out Easy, but Gets Steep—Does anyone really doubt that this is true? However, we will not get to the innovation part unless we start on the easy stuff first. If history is any guide to the future, however, advances in energy production will come along that moderate the steepness of the deployment curve.
Coal Power Plants Retiring Quickly During Trump Administration—It looks like we are already trying to get coal out of the picture. Despite Trump’s best efforts—which have probably slowed down retirements but not stopped the trend—coal is not the way we will generate electricity in the future. Maybe he really should try and bring back Blockbuster? Or ToyRUs?
Solar Power Employs Twice As Many As Coal In US—For every coal mining job Trump claims he is trying to save, which is really code for him just trying to save coal barons’ paychecks at the expense of everyone else on the planet, he is endangering more solar jobs on the other side of the ledger. This is a losing hand that he is playing to the bitter end. Good luck with that Donny two scoops.
Electric Vehicles Alone Could Cause Peak Oil Demand within Decade—Peak oil used to be about Hubbert’s Peak and the decline of production based on economically producible reserves, but maybe the worm has turned and we will just demand to use less oil. I like to think that I am contributing ever so slightly by biking into work several days a week. Demand destruction is real.
Climate Change is Making it Harder to Revive Damaged Land—Just add this to the list of things that climate change is going to make harder for future generations.
Call to Turn Oil Rigs into Nature Reserves—Why don’t we just take every offshore rig at the end of its life and turn it into a combination artificial reef and offshore wind turbine?
UK Renewable Electricity Generation Tops 30%, Scotland Increases By 11%—The U.K. generated over 30% of its electricity in the third quarter via renewables. Not for a day or a month, but an entire quarter. In the same report it was noted that for the entirety of 2017 Scotland generated almost 70% of its electricity from renewable sources. The future is now folks.
Battery-Backed Solar Power to Undercut Coal in China by 2028—So, once China figures out how to cut the price of solar with storage what is the market for energy going to look like?
Solar Power Fuels Savings, Consumer Loyalty and Competition Among Craft Brewers—You mean to tell me that people like it when their favorite beer makers also believe that the world is a better place with more solar power? I would have never thought such a thing were possible.
The Dirty Little Secret Behind “Clean Energy” Wood Pellets—Do any biomass energy schemes ever work out as intended? It always seems like the promise is predicated on a bunch of ifs. If the forest is replanted or if the forest is not clear cut and so on.
The US has a 1.39 billion-pound surplus of cheese. Let’s try to visualize that.—I am stuck here thinking about what a 1.39 billion pound round of cheese would be like sitting on the mall in Washington D.C.: