It is four days until election day. I will start every post for next eleven days with the same message.
I just spent a few days in central Florida—hence the light linkage this Friday—and I do not remember ever being assaulted with that many political ads. It’s not just the headliner races for Senate and Governor, but down ballot races were all over the airwaves. It actually continued during my time driving south from Minneapolis where ads for the state’s attorney general race were omnipresent on the radio.
Thinking I escaped it all was but a wispy dream when I opened my mailbox to a flood of mailers for Iowa races. Damn, I cannot wait until Wednesday.
I understand that it is hyperbole, to some extent, in claiming that this is the most important election in history. However, I do believe that this may be the most important election in my lifetime. At least until 2020.
On to the links…
Zinke and Trump Are Ignoring the Public—One of the tropes of the 2016 election was that of the “liberal snowflake” who was too brittle of psyche to handle direct criticism of foundational beliefs. Does anyone find it funny just how scared of the public that Republican leaders are right now? Who was really the “snowflake” all along?
‘Unfit to Serve’? US Interior Secretary Faces Fresh Ethics Scrutiny—Is “unfit to serve” going to be the term that describes the Trump era in American history?
A Guide to the Ryan Zinke Investigations—Just a handy breakdown of the corruption at the head of the Department of Interior.
The Older Kids Get, the Less Time They Spend Outdoors—This is probably true for most of us. As we get older we spend less time outdoors. Maybe that is a reason why we, as a society, are so broken.
Electric Vehicles are Going to Render the Fight over Fuel Economy Standards Moot—Trump can try and turn back the clock for automobile fuel efficiency, coal, or whatever strikes his Diet Coke addled brain at the moment but the march of progress is constant.
7 US States Set To Double Their Wind Capacity—These are good numbers, but not great. I would like to see Iowa get back on the list of states deploying a lot of wind although I believe that the numbers for the fourth quarter of the year will be strong because of a few projects coming on line.
Is Australia on the Verge of Having too Much Solar Energy?—In short, no. Do you notice a trend with these arguments? First, it was renewables would be too small a percentage of the overall electricity supply to be relevant. Second, it was renewables were too intermittent to be a reliable source of power. Now, it is the threat of too much renewable energy. If someone keeps moving the goal posts for measuring success you know you are doing something right that scares the shit out of them.
Coal Report says Australian Exports have Peaked and are in ‘Terminal Long-Term Decline’—My dad used to say that these large industries are like dinosaurs. Even though they may be dead it takes a long time for them to roll over so that anyone actually notices. The best thing we can do is find ways to hasten the decline. Push that snowball downhill.
Tall Wood gets Green Light from Building Code—From the boring but important files. Building codes are boring. Like, very boring. However, so much of what we build is determined by how building codes are implemented and adopted.
Low Cost, Low Energy Cooling System Shows Promise—On a hotter planet reducing the energy need for cooling will be a critical pieces in the fight to erase climate change.