What is it with my kids and John Tesh? Every night when we drive home from various activities they both beg for the radio to be turned to the station that plays Tesh’s syndicated “Music and Intelligence for Your Life.”
It is so odd to hear them discuss the relative merits of whatever study or lifestyle tidbit Tesh brings up between songs.
On to the links…
Minnesota’s Climate Begins its Descent Toward an Unrecognizable Future—The future is happening now when it comes to climate change. The impacts may not be noticeable in the short term, but the changes are happening.
Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions—What are we waiting for?
Amazon’s $0 Corporate Income Tax Bill Last Year, Explained—This is the symptom of a failed policy. Amazon makes billions of dollars a year and uses a loophole to pay no tax.
The Secret Ingredient for Cutting Costs and CO2 Emissions in Infrastructure—There are huge savings in terms of energy efficiency when we look at the biggest users of energy across the United States. Cutting the energy consumption of these “low hanging fruit” could deliver massive savings for relatively low cost on a timescale that is fairly quick.
BP Energy Outlook Predicts Renewable Energy Will Be Dominant By 2040—Remember, this is an old line fossil fuel company putting out a technical analysis that says renewables are going to win.
Trump’s Intervention Fails to Save Coal-Fired Power Plant—Remember when Republicans were all about the free market because…uh, freedom? The market has said that coal is a dead technology and that the transition is underway, but people like Trump and McConnell have coal barons to keep happy.
EU Setting its First Emissions Standards for Big Trucks to Lower C02—Cutting the emissions of heavy duty and heavy use trucks is probably the biggest bang for the invested dollar that we can get in the near term.
World’s Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas—Texas, surprisingly, is driving a lot of innovation in renewable energy. First it was a lot of wind and now it looks like solar plus storage is going to be the next big thing. Everything is bigger in Texas.
World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Hornsea One Generates First Power—I am noticing a trend with these renewable energy stories. Every other one seems to be about the “world’s largest” something. Largest storage battery, largest offshore wind farm…you get the idea.
Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200 Megawatt “Liberty Wind” Offshore Project For New York—This would be America’s largest offshore wind farm. Okay, that would not take a lot.
Here Comes All Your California Offshore Wind Jobs—The craziest number in this article is 112 gigawatts. This represents the state’s technical offshore resources, which is a figure higher than the state’s current electricity needs.
Giant Wind Power Transmission Project Could Spark New Wind Rush In Wind Belt—The more wind power that we can deploy in the Great Plains the better. It is clean, green power that helps economically depressed communities by bringing much needed income and property tax base.
Adding Balance to the Meat Debate—There is something to be said for balance. What we eat is as important as how it was made. A processed meat free “chicken” nugget may not be any better than a piece of chicken from a pasture raised bird. There is a lot of nuance. People hate nuance. It forces them to think.
A Comeback for African National Parks—It’s not all bad news. It appears that if we resource the parks and do not encroach on the boundaries with development that large animals can succeed.