I looked up and realized it was March already. Wow.
Mike Bloomberg just spent half-a-billion dollars to win American Samoa outright, get schooled by Elizabeth Warren, and drop out after Super Tuesday. What would you have done with 500 million dollars? Probably not what he just did.
On to the links…
Calling Out the Super Polluters—Just 100 industrial sites in the U.S. account for approximately one third of toxic emissions. This list should serve as the priority list for closure.
This Is An Unprecedented Drop In Oil Demand—Coronavirus is the cause, but the effect has been startling. Oil demand is way down. Satellites are showing images of pollution being way down in China because factories and power plants are not running. The question is what will the demand be when things return to “normal.”
Your Plastic Addiction Is Bankrolling Big Oil—As demand drops, oil and gas producers are going to have to find ways to remain profitable. Making plastic is one of those ways. Reducing our demand for plastic could do just as much as using less oil to drive our cars for the environment.
Peak Permian Oil Production May Arrive Much Sooner Than Expected—Oil and gas production in the United States is defined by boom and bust cycles. We have been in one of the longest “booms” in recent memory, but just as the stock market has sown recently there is a lot of unease about the past decade.
Will U.S. Coal Power Plant Retirements Slow Down?—It is almost a given that coal retirements will slow down in the coming years. One, fewer plants will be available to be closed. Two, those that remain are the most entrenched whether that is politically or economically. We just need to keep pushing the deployment of renewables and killing coal.
Wind has Become the ‘Most-Used’ Source of Renewable Electricity Generation in the US—That statement is true if you consider hydropower to be renewable, which some people do not because of its reliance on dams. Regardless, wind is killing it.
Florida Approves Largest Community Solar Program In The US—These projects are a great way for people to help drive the renewable energy transition if they cannot put solar panels on their own homes. The fact that this is occurring in Florida surprises me considering how retrograde that state has become in the past few years.
Los Angeles Orders 155 Electric Buses: Largest In U.S.—Buses are the humble workhorses of public transportation. However, I believe that an electrified bus system can be the catalyst for greener transportation. A municipality can deploy electric buses as existing platforms wear out due to use without a wholesale overhaul of their fleet. Each electric bus is like a rolling symbol of demand destruction.
What a Green New Deal Would Look Like in Every State—It’s a little light on the details, but the idea is that the solutions are not the same for all states. What is right for West Virginia is not the same as Iowa and that is a good thing. Let each region and state figure out the best way forward.
The Rise of Cloud Computing has had a Smaller Climate Impact than Feared—I still think people need to quit Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter but at least the feared energy use increase did not happen.
Greggs Profits Still on a Roll with a Boom in its Vegan Snacks—I do not get Greggs. As an American in London last summer it seemed like one of those odd “junk foods” that people from the country love but no one else really understands. Apparently, even vegans crave a sausage roll.
A Trump-Elevated Skeptic has Been Ordering Interior Scientists to Muddy Department Climate Reports—This is the best government money can buy for fossil fuel companies.
Taxpayers Are Likely on the Hook for Eric Trump’s Trip to His Dad’s European Resorts—Just your weekly dose of Trump family corruption. These people are an extended clan of grifters and con artists.