The weather here in Iowa has been brutal for spring. It actually feels more like winter than spring. Temperatures in the teens, snow in the forecast, cold winds blowing…you get the idea. It is also killing my bike commuting since the one thing I am somewhat unwilling to deal with is ice covered roads. Cars and trucks already view cyclists as sport targets. I do not need to make their passion come any easier.
On to the links…
Sinclair’s Pro-Trump News is Taking Over Local TV. See if They Own Your Station.—The Sinclair Broadcast Group is the propaganda arm of Trump and whoever is on the president’s good side this morning. Nothing more and nothing less. Do not support the stations that these half-baked propaganda ministers own.
A Running List of Wild Shit Scott Pruitt Hasn’t Been Fired For (Yet)—As I go to press with this I am holding out hope that I have to amend this headline.
Too Crooked to Fail: Why Scott Pruitt Still Has His Job (for Now)—I am really starting to love that every article about Scott Pruitt is followed with a “not yet” or “for now” when discussing his employment within the Trump administration.
Scott Pruitt’s Rent was Half what it Costs D.C. to Shelter Homeless Families—The thing about Trump and his “best people” is that these people are not even very good at corruption. It is like they are not even trying to hide their corruption and incompetence.
Leaked EPA Talking Points Tell Employees to Sell the Climate Change ‘Debate’—Here is the problem with this directive: There really is not a debate among actual scientists. The debate is among hacks, political hucksters, and right wing ideologues. No one with half a brain and an actual interest in seeing a habitable planet thinks this is a debate. Plus, Scott Pruitt is doing this so he can line the pockets of his masters.
Why Trump’s Base Probably Doesn’t Care About Corruption—For all of the fire and fury during the campaign about the alleged corruption of the Clintons you have to star in amazement at the sheer chutzpah of the current presidential administration when it comes to corruption. Too bad Trumpkins—I saw that label on another site and just love it—do not care what happens as long as the vulgarian keeps “telling it like it is.”
Stunning Drops in Solar, Wind Costs Mean Economic Case for Coal, Gas is ‘Crumbling’—Crumbling is a serious word, but the fact that it is tied to phrase economic case makes me jump for joy. When the economics have turned, the markets will turn. When the markets have turned, coal and other dirty fossil fuels will only have the corrupt politicians in their pockets left.
FirstEnergy Shamelessly Begs DOE to Prop Up Uneconomic Coal and Nukes—Oh wait, it has already begun. Just remember, when you are rich and powerful you just get to rewrite the rules of the market so that you maintain your wealth and influence. The actual free market is only allowed to work when it hurts poor people and minorities and women and…you get the idea.
FirstEnergy Files for Bankruptcy after Begging Perry to Declare Power ’Emergency’—Looks like even with friends like Rick Perry FirstEnergy’s business model is screwed.
First Floating U.S. Wind Farm May Be Built Off California Coast—Unlike previous offshore wind farms like Cape Wind, a floating wind farm can be built in deeper water farther off the coast. Also, California has a lot of coast off of which to build these wind farms and a desire to be free from fossil fuels.
College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status with Solar Plus Storage—The first places that will completely untie themselves from the grid will be those with very expensive electric power or very unreliable electric power. Maui is on the very expensive end of the spectrum, but it also has a culture and community that is dedicated to getting off of the very dirty diesel used to power the island.
Study: Wind and Solar can Power Most of the United States—We have moved past the question of “can we be powered completely by renewables?” The question is now “how do we transition to 100% renewables?”
Rio Tinto Sells Last Coal Mine, Has Now Completely Exited Coal—This is not Patagonia getting out of coal. This is a steely eyed multi-national mining conglomerate seeing that the future is not in burning a black rock.
Dubuque Landfill Hopes to Convert Gas from Trash into Fuel for Cars—If this is even mildly economic, why aren’t we tapping landfills across the country for the gas that could be repurposed?
Who do GOP Voters Like for 2024 Iowa Caucuses?—You have got be freaking kidding me. Who is even thinking about the Iowa caucus that comes after the next Iowa caucus? We are talking about six years from now with more than two of those years being Trump years, which are like ten years of any normal president not named Warren G. Harding.