Evangelicals who support Donald Trump may welcome the end times—their assumption being that during the end times their beliefs will be rewarded at the expense of others—but watching him stumble through the throngs of the global elite in Davos is just sad.
Do you remember the time when Fox News lost its collective shit that President Obama wore a tan suit to a briefing? Do you remember the time that the same network again lost its collective shit when President Obama saluted with a disposable coffee cup? Yeah, I remember all of that and it makes me wonder why they are not losing their collective shit over the degradation of America’s world standing under Donald Trump.
No one respects us anymore. We are tolerated because of economic size and military might. It’s like the rich kid who gets invited to a party because he can buy beer.
On to the links…
Homeland Security Listed These Climate Activists as ‘Extremists’ Alongside Mass Killers—We live in a time where people protesting oil and gas projects are treated with more scrutiny than people who advocate for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.
Energy Companies Have a Great Friend At Trump’s Interior Department: Their Former Lobbyist—The Trump administration is the best government that petro-dollars can buy. If there is one thing a different president could do in January 2021 it is to make life a little harder for oil and gas companies.
Interior Attorney gave False Information to Congress about Contact with Koch Foundation—Need advice? Of course you would reach out to the Koch Brothers. Sorry, you would reach out the Koch Brother. What could the possible conflict of interest be in this case?
How Much Energy Does The US Consume & Where Does It Come From?—In order to decarbonize our economy we need to know where we use energy and where that energy comes from. This is a guide:
Carbon Offsets Work. But are They an Excuse for Big Companies?—Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, it is an excuse for companies. However, it is better than doing nothing.
Wind & Solar Power Will Dominate 2020 In US, Despite Trump—It’s cheaper and there are no greenhouse gas emissions. Yep, that is pretty much a winning formula.
America’s Radioactive Secret—Fracking produces wastewater that is laced with radioactive material. This is yet another reason to decarbonize.
Germany to Phase out Coal by 2038—2038 seems like a long way away, but I remember partying like it’s 1999 so maybe it is not so far away. Maybe developments turn this into a 2035 goal or a 2032 goal.
Agrovoltaics Could Help Calm Fears About Renewables For Iowa Farmers—I do not believe that Iowa farmers have any issues or fears about renewables. How do I know? Spend any time driving in eastern Iowa and you will see solar arrays on a lot of farms. Head south of where I live into Washington County and you will see solar arrays just about everywhere.
The JX Ranch—There is a place for ranching and grazing in our ecosystems. It just takes care and patience to ensure that the practice can restore and sustain the land. It can be done.
Modified Plants to Curb Climate Change—I get the idea, but this has unintended consequences written all over it.
China Announces Major Phaseout of Single-Use Plastics—I will believe this when I see it happen on the ground in China. Official laws and announcements are one thing in China as the reality on the ground is often quite different.
Plastic Bags Have Lobbyists. They’re Winning.—The plastic industry is the same as the fossil fuel industry. Where do you think the raw material for plastic comes from? Oil and gas. In fact, the production of feedstocks for industries other than liquid fuel is what drives the profitability of oil and gas refiners. Without these additional revenue streams the business case for refining liquid fuels would look quite different.
How We Reduced the Environmental Impact of (Almost) Everything We Buy—No one wants to say it, but the best thing you can do for the environment is nothing. Just stop buying stuff. If you have to buy something, buy it used. It is amazing how environmentalism and frugality intersect.
World’s Consumption of Materials Hits Record 100bn Tons a Year—Just stop buying stuff.
The Carbon Footprint of Dinner: How ‘Green’ are Fish Sticks?—The climate impacts of processing are something that we all need to be aware of in this climate crisis time period. It is silly to truck salad greens thousands of miles and it might be silly to process food into items that only resemble food.
California has Been Passing Tough Animal Welfare Laws. A Court Just Handed the State a Big Victory.—Remember, Republicans only like local control if it favors allowing people to own machine guns and tell you what to do with your own body. Otherwise, big business should get to make the decisions based on Republican logic.
Spending a Lot On Books? This Browser Extension Tells You if They’re Available at Your Local Library—This browser extension is absolute genius. Install it. Use it.