Trump’s UnClean Energy Policies

“Where the previous administration aimed to double funding for clean energy research, this administration is pushing to cut it in half, threatening to leave the United States lagging behind its overseas competitors, like China, which aims to spend more than $7 billion on clean energy research by the end of 2020. By some measures, the United States has already taken a back seat to several European countries — including Norway, Denmark and Estonia — which spend more on wind and solar research relative to the size of their economies.”
 
See Trump Wants To Cut Clean Energy Research Funding In Half
I’ve never liked Trump. He is a childish pompous ass. He has simplistic solutions to everything and is ignorant of anything not in front of him, like clean energy.

Ignorance is forgivable but this is wilful ignorance. If it was a cheaper way to get petroleum out of the ground or a bigger bomb, Trump would be all for government investing heavily in the technology but with promise to slow/stop the rise in CO2 levels in the atmosphere, explore new horizons and gain independence from suppliers of dirty energy with renewable energy, Trump is wilfully ignorant. He’s hired people who believe conspiracy theories and deny science. He’s investing in new bombs, something totally perverse to growing the economy and making lives better.

Here’s to impeachment in 2018/2019. It’s obvious to just about everyone but Trumpists that Trump has no endurance politically. He’s offended or hurt just about every clear-thinking human being on the planet. Fortunately, that’s a majority of voters in the coming mid-term elections. If Congress goes to the Ds this year, impeachment will happen if the Rs don’t see the writing on the wall and get it done sooner. I doubt the Rs will do what’s right and will ride the sinking ship claiming it was all Trump’s fault instead of offending Trumpists. My worst case projection is that Congress becomes hopelessly deadlocked, doing nothing on any front for the next three years. That will allow Trump’s current policies to kill the economic growth for years to come and even trigger a huge downturn. A correction is due and with government running record deficits and no balanced budget in the good times, there’s no smooth recovery in the offing. That would also further delay adoption of clean energy and undo a lot of good work by people all over the world.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to Trump’s UnClean Energy Policies

  1. Grece says:

    It would be useful in industry but the cost of shipping exceeds the market value.

    Never fear, FLOSS is here! Just open-source all that sulfur Robert, and share it around the world.

  2. DrLoser wrote, “Perhaps you would care to explain to us all the characteristics of something that can be “seen from space?””

    Large. Very large. One place I found when I was looking years ago had huge ingots approximately cubical about 2 or 3 metres on an edge, piled high and covering acres. It would be useful in industry but the cost of shipping exceeds the market value. A lot is produced purifying natural gas which occurs in much more accessible places.

  3. Grece says:

    Lets see, sulfur is used in the vulcanization of black rubber, as a fungicide, in black gunpowder and fertilizer, but most is used in the production of sulfuric acid.

    Seems like a VERY important element to commercialization! Leave it to the Canadians to be setting on money and not knowing what to do.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Not only does your link not support your claim that this pile of sukpur ingots can be “seen from space,” Robert, but it’s a preposterous claim prima facie.

    I understand you possess some sort of limited backwoods apprenticeship as a physicist. Perhaps you would care to explain to us all the characteristics of something that can be “seen from space?”

    A definition of the relevant height might prove useful. And no, I don’t count “sixty two miles” as “space.” I mean, it’s practically the definition of the Aurora Borealis that you can “see it at the top of the Ionosphere,” so, frankly, squinting from the other end of the telescope at a crap-pile of discarded sulphur nuggets ain’t that impressive.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument, which is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be “What about…” followed by an event in the Western world.

    With the difference that Grece’s what about was relevant to your original point, you insufferable twat.

  6. Grece wrote, “why not talk about the nasty oil sands in your country?”

    I have some connections to that… Once when I taught in northern Saskatchewan I was in a community near the tar sands. They were interested in employment opportunities in that industry. I can understand why because there was not much else except guiding hunters and fishers and logging available. Another time I was trying to buy sulphur for acidifying soil. It turns out Canada is awash in sulphur yet it’s very hard to buy in quantity. You can occasionally buy it by the kilogramme for $ but the commercial price is pennies per kg. The reason is that the gas/oil business in Alberta extracts tons of sulphur from petroleum but the market for sulphur can’t absorb it all and pay the price for freight. So, the tar sands have piles of ingots of sulphur that they can’t get rid of. They are so big they can be seen from space

    Eventually, I found a guy who bought a pallet of bagged sulphur pellets who no longer needed it and I bought it for a few $ a bag instead of ~$40. It really helps production of tomatoes.

  7. joepeatf says:

    Greasy Armpit says,

    YAWN Another whine from Robert. Hey Robert, why not talk about the nasty oil sands in your country?

    Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument, which is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be “What about…” followed by an event in the Western world.

    Greasy Armpit likes Soviet Union communist propaganda.

  8. Grece says:

    YAWN

    Another whine from Robert. Hey Robert, why not talk about the nasty oil sands in your country?

  9. Ivan says:

    I look forward to his second term.

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