Cobalt and Caveats

Topics: Battery, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment, Politics KASULO, Democratic Republic of Congo — A man in a pinstripe suit with a red pocket square walked around the edge of a giant pit one April afternoon where hundreds of workers often toil in flip-flops, burrowing deep into the ground with shovels and pickaxes. His polished leatherContinue reading “Cobalt and Caveats”

Lithium and Caveats…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment California and the Biden administration are pushing incentives to make the United States a global leader in a market that’s beginning to boom: the production of lithium, the lightweight metal needed for the batteries of electric vehicles, and for the storage of renewable energy from powerContinue reading “Lithium and Caveats…”

Willful Ignorance…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Existentialism, History, Human Rights There is a high price for willful ignorance. The above is Dr. Carl Sagan, an Astrophysicist, five years fresh off of the success of the original Cosmos series. He’s speaking about mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases, what is now referred to as global warmingContinue reading “Willful Ignorance…”

Vapor Ragnarok…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Research More moisture in a warmer atmosphere is fueling intense hurricanes and flooding rains. The summer of 2021 was a glaring example of what disruptive weather will look like in a warming world. In mid-July, storms in western Germany and Belgium dropped up to eight inches of rain inContinue reading “Vapor Ragnarok…”

Gambit…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Noun: a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position Ninety percent of Fox Propaganda employees are fully vaccinated. The employees are required to disclose their vaccine status. The network tests theContinue reading “Gambit…”

Dunning-Kruger Death Cult…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights In a speech 40 years ago to a group of conservative preachers, Heritage Foundation founder Paul Weyrich said, “Now many of our Christians have what I call the ‘goo-goo syndrome.’ Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. ElectionsContinue reading “Dunning-Kruger Death Cult…”

Thorium…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Nuclear Power, Thorium The Royal Society of Chemistry: Thorium (named for a certain Marvel character). If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation meet its climate goals. Scientists are excited about an experimental nuclear reactor using thorium as fuel, which is aboutContinue reading “Thorium…”

The Eye of Horus…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Human Rights, Politics Note: Because certain states are tied umbilically to coal, fossil fuels, and natural gas, this is a quandary. The same industry that’s known about this problem since 1979 (my senior year in high school) hired the same law firms that obfuscated the risk of lung cancerContinue reading “The Eye of Horus…”

Stupidity Exhaustion…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Democracy, Existentialism, Fascism “Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.” Friedrich Schiller “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself theContinue reading “Stupidity Exhaustion…”

On Fire…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming The hundreds of climate experts who compiled the mammoth new climate report released today by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had to work under unprecedented pandemic conditions. At vast meetings forced online, scientists wrestled with how to convey the extent of the global crisis and the urgent needContinue reading “On Fire…”