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Friday Linkage 9/13/2019

On Friday the 13th I want to “pour one out” for a site that has gone dark.  Think Progress and its companion site Climate Progress were linked to frequently from my blog.  The reporting was always well done and backed up by copious well documented sources.  Editorial factionalism and a bitter unionization battle probably contributed to the demise of the site.  The same problems have plagued other “new media” operations as well over the years, but this is a lost nonetheless.

On to the links…

25 Books That Teach Kids To Care About The Environment—The children, they are the future right?  Well, we should be helping them to understand just how amazing, precious, and threatened this planet of our is in the modern age.

There’s a $218 Billion Design Problem Sitting in Your Fridge Right Now—You want to know the real reason why this will not change?  It’s the same reason that I cannot get parts for an appliance that is just a few years old or why a small part for a car costs hundreds of dollars.  The manufacturers of these products want to sell you a new product.

Why Industry is Going Green on the Quiet—This is a sign of the polarized times that we live in.  If a company can produce the same product using less destructive methods why does it need to be kept secret?  Probably because a reactionary slice of the population will react like their hair is on fire at the mere mention of environmental concern.

A Decade of Renewable Energy Investment, Led by Solar, Tops USD 2.5 Trillion—This gives you an idea about the potential scale of the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables.  If you want to create jobs in the United States you would support renewables at every juncture.  Imagine trillions of dollars more being spent to deploy solar and wind across the United States.

30 Million Acres of Public Land in Alaska at Risk of Being Developed or Transferred—Your public lands are being sold off by the most corrupt and criminal presidential administration in the history of the United States.

Trump Campaign is Cashing in on the Alabama ‘Sharpie’ Controversy he Keeps Complaining About—Every time I think we have reached the height of Trump’s unique combination of stupidity and hubris I am surprised by a new event.  Remember, Trump totally did not change that map.  Trump totally does not know who drew the limp circle showing Alabama in Hurricane Dorian’s path.  However, you can totally “own the libs” by giving his slush fund…er, campaign $15 for a freaking Sharpie.  Get some Trump branded straws to complete you MAGA look for fall.

Department of Justice to investigate BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen—Remember, the right wing is all about states’ rights as long as those states’ rights are about unlimited access to firearms, restricting access to health care, gutting social programs, and in general making the world safe for rich people.  God forbid a state, which has the precedent to set its own emissions standards, would contradict the federal government.

Hydrogen Could Replace Coke In Steelmaking & Lower Carbon Emissions Dramatically—Steel production, like concrete, is a carbon nightmare.  However, steel is essential to modern civilization so any decrease in its carbon intensity is a win for the planet.

Pulling CO2 Out of the Air and Using it Could be a Trillion-Dollar Business—It is doubtful with Moscow Mitch in power that we will ever see a price put on carbon emissions in the United States.  However, what if we could create a market that placed a value on carbon dioxide.

Renewable Energy At Risk In Rural Electric Cooperative Tax Snafu—The Republican tax debacle of 2017 is the gift that keeps on giving.  So to speak.  This piece of garbage legislation that was rushed through because no one actually wanted the details to be public is creating messes just about everywhere.  Wasn’t this the signature legislative accomplishment of so-called policy wonk Paul Ryan’s speakership?

How Much Photovoltaics (PV) Would be Needed to Power the World Sustainably?—I like the thought exercise, but this is not about a single technology.  Freedom from fossil fuels will come as a result of deploying a portfolio of renewable energy technologies combined with greater efficiency.  It is not rocket science.

50 Years Ago a Nuclear Bomb was Detonated under the Western Slope to Release Natural Gas. Here’s how Poorly it Went.—This was someone’s bright idea.  Heck, it was probably the idea of a group of fairly smart people.

It’s Time We Treat Some Forests Like Crops—Let’s just make sure that we do not treat trees like corn or soybeans.  Those crops have been a disaster for Americans.

Invasion of the ‘Frankenbees’: The Danger of Building a Better Bee—What could possible go wrong?  It’s not like scientists have been wrong about making drastic changes to our environment before.

Today’s Special: Grilled Salmon Laced With Plastic—Our love affair with plastic and our inability to deal with its waste is a great, unregulated public health experiment.

The Definitive Superfood Ranking—Can we just stop with the superfood nonsense?  Seriously, you can eat all the kale you want and you will still not be healthy.

Chicago’s New Tool Library Is Awesome, Exactly What It Sounds Like—I own a lot of tools—some bought and some acquired through family—but a lot of my tools just sit for extended periods of time.  This is true even though I use my tools a lot to build furniture and fix things.  For the average user my guess is that tools get used a couple of times at most.

mountainFLOW Launches Plant-Based Ski Wax—I want some.

Friday Linkage 2/1/2013

It’s February.  Wow.  Hard to believe and then…not so hard considering I have spent the past two weeks watching the sports section of anything I read turned into a non-stop parade of useless articles about the impending Super Bowl.  The Super Bowl signifies one thing to me—pitchers and catchers are about to report.  Say what you will about baseball, but it is that first taste of the warm weather to come when spring training starts in Arizona and Florida.

On to the links…

Coastal Snobbery, ‘The Masses,’ And Respecting The Lowest Common Denominator—Thank god someone actually put pen to paper and wrote about this perception.  It’s as if everyone who lives in an enclave on the east or west coast feels that everyone living more than an hour’s drive from salt water is some sort of backwards rube.  Granted, Buckwild is doing nothing to help that perception.

In Energy Taxes, Tools to Help Tackle Climate Change—Taxes have become the new “thing that shall remain nameless” in any discussion about public policy unless the focus is on tax cuts.  It is too bad because targeted taxes on energy could really change behavior and raise a lot of money to fund the fight against climate change.  Wonder what Grover Norquist thinks?

New ERCOT Report Shows Texas Wind And Solar Are Highly Competitive With Natural Gas—The Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is not known as a bastion of trippy hippie thinking, so when it comes out with an assessment that wind and solar are competitive…no wait, highly competitive with natural gas people need to pay attention.

Fake Protesters Offered $20 To Stand At Anti-Wind Energy Rally—Like the incident in 2012 where pro-coal groups paid people $50 to attend hearings, the fossil fuel complex and its cronies cannot drum up actual grassroots support.  So, they pay people.

How Volkswagen Turns Tennessee Sunshine Into Passats—I find the picture of all those solar photovoltaic panels amazing.  I also find it a bit disheartening because there are so many places we could be deploying solar photovoltaic panels that are not open fields—e.g. the roofs of big box stores, warehouses, schools, etc.  At least it is something.

A Solar Powered Shed for India’s Food—Food waste is a huge problem all across the world—developed and developing—but in the developing world the main problems are keeping food from spoiling before it can reach consumers.  Refrigeration and distribution headaches are two of the primary concerns.  Here is a simple solution to take care of the refrigeration component.

How Electricity, Water And Food Could Be Produced In Desert Areas With Minimal Ecological Footprint—There is something to these combined facilities that really speaks to me.  When I was a kid I used to love reading stories about the ideas for moon bases or terraforming.  I do not know how viable this project would be in the “real world” but it is fun to think about for a few moments.

Officials Back Deep Cuts in Atlantic Cod Harvest to Save Industry—The collapse of the cod fisheries in the Atlantic has to stand as one of the great environmental catastrophes of the Twentieth Century.  As other species of wildlife have returned to some level of abundance, the cod has been a stubborn fish.

Bacon, and How it Came to Be—Maybe it’s where I come from—eastern Iowa—but butchers never really went away.  In town I can easily think of a half dozen meat markets where a real, honest to goodness butcher is behind the counter.  Nonetheless, it is good to see a focus returning to the people who actually prepare the foods we cook.  Even if this did seem a little bit like elitist foodie tourism.

Alex Bogusky talks about Boulder, SmartWool, bikes and being American—  When I was in b-school, Alex Bogusky was one of the few ad people that I actually found interesting to read about or listen to.  This opinion continues with this piece.  BTW, I love the “random” conversations that the Denver Post has in this feature.  It’s great.