Wyoming Coal Country turns to Wind Farms for Jobs
Coal-rich Wyoming headed for Wind-Powered Electricity
The coal layered underground helped bring settlers to this scrubby, wind-whipped part of southern Wyoming, where generations found a steady paycheck in the mines and took pride in powering the nation.
But now, it is energy from the region’s other abundant energy resource — the wind itself — that is creating jobs and much-needed tax revenues in Carbon County.
Despite its historic ties to coal, as well as local denialism about climate change, the county is soon to be home to one of the biggest wind farms in the nation…
Carbon County shows how the energy transformation that America needs to make is possible, but may happen reluctantly, driven by pragmatism more than a desire to stop burning the coal and oil that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Here, at least, it comes down to the reality that mines are closing nationwide, and buyers of coal are simply disappearing.
Economics 101, folks. Digging something out of the ground to sell…when no one wants to buy it…is nothing more than a waste of time.
Cause and effect
President Trump addressed throngs of supporters at a rally in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, attributing his election loss to “explosions of b——-” and calling on Vice President Mike Pence to do “the right thing,” as Congress was preparing to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
“We will never concede,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “You don’t concede when there’s theft.
“This year, they rigged an election. They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before,” Trump continued, referring to what he calls “fake news media” and social media companies.
This was followed by a rightwing gang attacking the Capitol, forcing Congress to shut down until police and the National Guard regained control. Even then, Trump soft-pedaled criticism of the most violent of his supporters.
The idjit wing of the Republican Party has no comprehension of Constitutional Democracy. Neither does Trump and his closest allies. Throughout the nation, disgust and contempt for this clown show has resulted in calls for Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and remove Trump from office – right now! Before he can cause even more serious damage to the rule of law.
Homage to a King like Trump
Bryan Cranston rocks! Along with Shelley.
Rename that bloody bridge!
Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in the USA
Dept of the Interior
❝ Renewable energy now generates more electricity in the United States than coal. Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity as of April, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Coal, meanwhile, accounted for just 21.55 percent of capacity, down from 23.04 percent last year…
❝ Coal capacity has dropped to its lowest level in 40 years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 — when coal production peaked — have since closed. Natural gas, however, continues to grow, accounting for more than 44 percent of U.S. total energy capacity in April.
Add together the Fake President, his Oberst-Gruppenführer McConnell and the Do-Nothing Dodo Brigade of Republicans in Congress – they still couldn’t save something as backwards as coal-fired electricity.
Dummies never learn
❝ In the 1640’s the Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam built a 12′ wall to keep the bad hombres out. In 1664 the British ignored the wall and took New Amsterdam by sea. It’s now called New York. They took down the wall and built a street. It’s called Wall Street.
Same as it ever was…
Thanks, Ian Bremmer
Some nasty stuff floats to the top of a cesspool
Trump Wanted to Change Alaska’s Denali Back to Mount McKinley to make Bigots Happy in Ohio
❝ President Donald Trump brought up a campaign promise during a March meeting with the U.S. senators from Alaska, asking whether he could roll back President Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to rename the tallest mountain on the continent…
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan were meeting with Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the Oval Office to talk about issues affecting Alaska…The president then raised another of Obama’s Alaska decisions. “Wasn’t the name of a big mountain in Alaska changed by executive order?” Trump asked, according to The Alaska Dispatch News – Obama announced in 2015 the federal government was changing the name of Mount McKinley to Denali, the Native Alaska name for the peak…
❝ The president brought up the idea of changing the name back to Mount McKinley, named for a U.S. president who never visited the 49th state, and the senators quickly argued against it. “Lisa—Senator Murkowski—and I jumped over the desk. We said, ‘No, no!'” said Sullivan, who was speaking at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage, the newspaper reported.
When the president asked, “Why?” Sullivan answered, “The Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago.… Denali, that was the name,” according to the newspaper…
❝ Trump, then just two months into his presidential campaign, reacted strongly. “President Obama wants to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!” he said in a tweet, referring to President William McKinley’s home state.
❝ Alaskans slammed Trump’s tweets. “We wanted that change for a long time, and now we finally have it, and we need to leave it alone,” Victor Joseph, president of Tanana Chiefs Conference, a consortium of 42 Athabascan tribes in Interior Alaska, told the Associated Press last year. “It was an insult to the first people of this land when they took away the name and gave it to somebody else.”
Trump’s racist politics betrays him once again. Aside from being criminally incompetent to manage the affairs of this nation, his affection for bigots and racist politics smears this whole nation with the stupidity that lead a minority of voters to go for Trump in the 2016 election.
Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies
❝ Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things to a whole new level, both in terms of the brazenness of the lies and their sheer number. Both the depth and the breadth of the dishonesty make it hard even for those of us who do this for a living to keep track.
In fact, when I set out to make a list of the bigger lies, I thought there would be six or seven, and was surprised to come up with ten…
❝ Lie #1: America is the most highly-taxed country in the world
This is a Trump special: he’s said it many, many times, most recently just this past week. Each time, fact-checkers have piled on to point out that it’s false. Here’s taxes as a percentage of GDP, from the OECD:
❝ The blue bar is the US; the red bar the average for advanced countries.
Why does Trump keep repeating what even he has to know by now is a flat lie? I suspect it’s a power thing: he enjoys showing that he can lie repeatedly through his teeth, be caught red-handed in his lie again and again, and his followers will still believe him rather than the “fake news” media.
Read ’em and weep, folks. Paul Krugman nails our fake president. The chumps who voted for the Trump simply do not care if he lies. They love his misogyny, racism, broadcast bigotry and unabashed ignorance. He doesn’t have to know more than they do. Little enough is good enough for hypocrites. And losers.