Neighbors Welcome, Fight Massive New Solar Farm In Northern Virginia : NPR

From the article:

The heart of the solar resistance is in a gated community called Fawn Lake, built around a golf course and man-made lake.

“I mean we live at a resort, essentially,” says Dave Walsh, one of the many Fawn Lake residents organizing against the planned solar farm. One corner of the massive project would butt up against the back of the gated community. Walsh says he supports solar, in theory, but not here.

“It’s not in keeping with the type of setting that people bought houses here [for] — they wanted to be out in the woods, essentially,” Walsh says.

Source: Neighbors Welcome, Fight Massive New Solar Farm In Northern Virginia : NPR

Oh look, more rich assholes trying to block essential sustainable energy upgrades to the region because they live on a fucking golf course, and don’t want to look at solar panels on someone else’s land.

Apparently there will be a 100 foot buffer between the rich folks at the back of the gated rich community that will be planted with trees to obscure the view but that’s not enough for these assholes.

Trump Administration Wants To Reverse An Obama-era Lightbulb Efficiency Rule. : NPR

From the article :

“I just don’t understand the rationale behind trying to turn back the clock,” says Jason Hartke, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. “There aren’t many people out there clamoring for outdated lightbulbs that use four or five times as much energy.”

Critics say if the reversal is finalized it will mean higher energy bills for consumers and more pollution.

“Now we’re going to have to generate about 25 large coal-burning power plants’ worth of extra electricity if this rollback goes through,” says Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist at NRDC. He calls it a bad idea and says it’s illegal.

Source: Trump Administration Wants To Reverse An Obama-era Lightbulb Efficiency Rule. : NPR

Is there literally anything this administration doesn’t want to tear down? Lightbulbs? Really? What the fuck?

Bleeding Heartland

From the article:

HSB 185 is a clear attempt by MidAmerican to monopolize the sun in Iowa. This bill undermines net metering, a policy that allows homeowners and businesses to invest in and use their own solar energy at their own home or business. Iowa has over 800 jobs in the solar industry at small businesses across the state. A recent jobs analysis by the Solar Foundation showed that 86 percent of solar jobs nationally are in the residential and business market while only 14 percent are in utility-scale solar. This bill threatens the solar industry in Iowa as we know it.

Once again, the monopoly utilities are attempting to squash customer choice and sell as many kilowatt hours of electricity as possible while misleading policymakers about the reality of what solar contributes to the grid. Analyses in other states, such as Minnesota, have found that distributed solar more than pays for the infrastructure necessary to support it with the high-value electricity it provides to the grid. This bill is a solving a problem that simply does not exist.

Source: Bleeding Heartland

This article has several updates, and the legislative piece was written by corporate interests.

 

Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ | Environment | The Guardian

From the article:

The Puerto Rico work is one of just a handful of studies assessing this vital issue, but those that do exist are deeply worrying. Flying insect numbers in Germany’s natural reserves have plunged 75% in just 25 years. The virtual disappearance of birds in an Australian eucalyptus forest was blamed on a lack of insects caused by drought and heat. Lister and his colleague Andrés García also found that insect numbers in a dry forest in Mexico had fallen 80% since the 1980s.

“We are essentially destroying the very life support systems that allow us to sustain our existence on the planet, along with all the other life on the planet,” Lister said. “It is just horrifying to watch us decimate the natural world like this.”

Source: Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ | Environment | The Guardian

This is a big issue. However, I am perversely nostalgic for the time when the environment was my big focus because we didn’t have a political fiasco over LGBTQ people going on.

Corporate America projects giant profits from climate disasters / Boing Boing

From the article:

Though firms may worry about profits now that Trump’s decision to let the world boil in its own juices rather than offend the hydrocarbon lobby (Coke may run out of water, Disney may run out of themepark-goers), the latest report from UK nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project shows that companies are also privately exulting in the new possibilities opened up by climate catastrophes and the ensuing hidden misery.

For example, Apple speculates that people caught in disasters or forced to live in refugee camps will love their Iphones: “As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones. [Iphones] can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.”

Source: Corporate America projects giant profits from climate disasters / Boing Boing

42% of global coal power plants run at a loss, finds world-first study – Carbon Tracker Initiative

From the article:

  • 42% of global coal capacity is already unprofitable because of high fuel costs; by 2040 that could reach 72% as existing carbon pricing and air pollution regulations drive up costs while the price of onshore wind and solar power continues to fall; any future regulation would make coal power still more unprofitable;

  • it costs more to run 35% of coal power plants than to build new renewable generation; by 2030 building new renewables will be cheaper than continuing to operate 96% of today’s existing and planned coal plants.

  • China could save $389 billion by closing plants in line with the Paris Climate Agreement instead of pursuing business as usual plans; the EU could save $89 billion; the US could save $78 billion; and Russia could save $20 billion.

Source: 42% of global coal power plants run at a loss, finds world-first study – Carbon Tracker Initiative

Let’s open with, “the US could save $78 billion.” Well, that’s clear. Yet, here we are in this weird political climate where finding a cheaper and cleaner solution is somehow politicized by a good chunk of the country. I don’t get it. Facts are facts.

Trump OKs seismic tests in Atlantic that can harm thousands of dolphins & whales / Boing Boing

From the article:

The Trump administration is about to take a preliminary step toward oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore, by approving requests from energy companies to conduct “deafening seismic tests that could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other marine animals,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Trump OKs seismic tests in Atlantic that can harm thousands of dolphins & whales / Boing Boing

This article pulls from multiple sources, and gives a really good breakdown on what this is, what it means, and why it’s bad.