Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables
Bloomberg has an interesting article that claims that in the long term there is no doubt that fossil fuels will lose the race with renewable energy. A sample:
The price of wind and solar power continues to plummet, and is now on par or cheaper than grid electricity in many areas of the world. Solar, the newest major source of energy in the mix, makes up less than 1 percent of the electricity market today but will be the world’s biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency.
The problem seems to not be if, but when. Can we transition fast enough to avoid the worst problems associated with climate change.
Still, this is good news. I’ll take it where I can get it…
Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists the Equivalent of Flat-Earthers
Wizard Ted Cruz says that global warming alarmists are the equivalent of flat-earthers. It would be easy to get angry about this, except we already know Cruz is saying this to whip people like myself into a frenzy all while appealing to his know-nothing base. I feel pretty confident that people like Ted Cruz, as harmful as they are, are the exact kind of people that are going to doom the modern Republican Party and its anti-science brigade to the history books. I’m scared about what damage they can do on the way down, but there is no doubt that Ted Cruz and his ilk represent the last gasp of a dying order. People become extreme and rabid when they feel something slipping away forever. Ted Cruz, even though he is appealing to the hoopleheads*, really represents unfettered corporate power combined with religious zealotry. Fortunately for us, in a democracy even such power needs a base to support it and that base is mostly old and white on and on the outs. What’s scary though is that we are running out of time to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. So while Ted Cruz and those he represents will not be with us for long, they just might be able to do enough damage to doom the rest of us and the descendants of the human race for a long time to come. So while I don’t think we need to worry much about Ted Cruz, I think those of us that care need to fight his ideas at every turn.
*Hooplehead: a member of the ignorant masses; an uneducated commoner; an idiot. word popularized by HBO’s Deadwood.
Why Are Americans More Afraid of Isis Than Racism and Climate Change?
Earlier today I wrote about how the media often distorts what Americans should really be concerned about. This is especially true when dealing with thetas that face the American people. The above article gives a list of what Americans are afraid of. In this country we are incredibly concerned about terrorism, which comes in at number three on the list, but not climate change, which comes in at last as things listed on this list. What’s so absurd about this is that Americans had about one in 20 million chance of being killed by a terrorist in a study done in 2010. Meanwhile everyone is going to be affected by climate change in some way.
Costa Rica Has Only Used Renewable Electricity This Year
The above link is to an article about how Costa Rica, for their electricity, have only used renewable energy since the beginning of this year. The country is currently meeting around 94% of it’s total energy needs from renewable. Some of the reasons that they are able to do this are unique to Costa Rica. However, this goes to show that there is no reason that the United States can’t do much more that we are currently doing, which is generating roughly 13% of our electricity from renewable sources.
Proof that Rick Scott Banned Climate Change
Watch this video where a public official in Florida twists and turns, to the amusement of those talking to him, to try and not say the words “climate change”. It has to be seen to be believed. Ridiculous, idiotic, hilarious, and scary….
Florida Bans Climate Change
I meant to post this the other day, but I forgot, or I couldn’t make myself because of the astounding stupidity involved. Florida officials, once Rick Scott came into power, were told to not include the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in any official reports. If this wasn’t so insane and depressing, this would actually be hilarious. Florida is a state that is going to be in an especially dire situation due to climate change related problems. Here is just one article about one part of Florida that is going to face catastrophe due to climate change:
Why the City of Miami is Doomed to Drown
Do we really need leaders who not only don’t act in their constituents best interests, but don’t even allow debate about things that may affect those same constituents?
Everyday Climate Change
Since I just put up a post about climate change, I also wanted to share a link to this Instagram page. One of the hardest things about climate change, because it is so complex, is making it register in a visceral way. This page features shots from photographers all over the world that have been documenting the results of climate change. I think seeing the variety of the photographs connects in a way that no one single image can.