Here I am stuck in the rust belt of central Ohio with limited internet access, a lot of extended family, and a ten hour drive home staring me in the face. Remind me again why I do these things? Oh right, it’s a family thing. Ugh!
On to the links…
Americans Link Weather Nastiness to Climate Change—Average Americans see the linkage between climate change and aberrant weather but asses like James Inhofe or Mitch McConnell fail to see the connection. Wonder why?
Even John Boehner Should Like This Graphic—I think reality is setting in and the chorus of “drill baby, drill” or “drill here, drill now” or whatever the Koch brothers have schemed up this week is fizzling in the wake of falling gas prices and the fact that the U.S. is producing more fossil fuels than any time in recent history. Check out the value of fossil fuel exports:
But we still need to subsidize Exxon Mobil right?
Electric Vehicle Charging Emissions and Fuel Cost Savings Across the U.S.—The latest trope from the cadre of people who hate the idea of electric cars or anything that does reek of crude oil is that the power charging your EV is just as dirty as the diesel from their F-350. Sorry Charlie, but for a broad swatch of America and the demographic most likely to adopt EVs this is just not true. Next?
Enslaved at the Pump—So, you bought that Chevrolet Cruze with the Eco package because you wanted to save fuel and money…uh oh! This graph is brutal:
At the end of the day, if you are already buying a fuel efficient vehicle, e.g. a Chevrolet Cruze, your money is better spent somewhere else if you are looking for an efficiency gain.
Rethinking Old Habits in Order to be Green—Efforts to save energy too often focus on refining old habits rather than reimagining them from the ground up, at least according to the RAND Corporation. It’s easy to imagine replacing something with a greener alternative than it is to imagine life without that item. That is natural human behavior, but it is not always the best path of action. If I could just convince the city that mowing my lawn is an example of this folly…
Building a Better Flusher—Using potable water to flush toilets is pure folly. Why not use the relatively clean water from our showers or laundry or the sky to do the same job? Or, why not just stop using water to flush our “waste?” I know, crazy ideas…
What’s for Dinner? Jellyfish!—I already like green sea turtles, but looking at photos of a honu firing down some jellyfish for dinner makes me like the oddly graceful animals even more. It is still one of my vacation highlights to have sent the better part of an hour off the coast of Maui bobbing lazily in the ocean with a pair of green sea turtles.
Fence Is Behind an Explosion of Life in a Wild Corner of Hawaii—I am total sucker for stories about Hawaii and the central Pacific. It is my favorite place on Earth. Hawaii is such an isolated chain of islands that it serves as an interesting laboratory for species revival, habitat restoration, etc. It is also a test case for what happens when invasive species ruin an ecosystem. Bit by bit, pieces of the natural landscape are being recovered from our collective stupidity.