This just in, on how rural residents hate solar power farms. Excerpt:
Before the end of the year, a colossal, 1,800-acre solar farm will begin delivering its full stream of power from farm fields west of Flint, Michigan. It’s the largest solar installation in the state, by far, and a key driver toward Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal to decarbonize the Midwestern state’s electrical grid, which is still dominated by coal.
The problem with the project: Many locals hate it.
I can see why. They’re ugly. A lot of people live in rural and semi-rural environments because they like the natural beauty of the surroundings, and don’t want them trashed up. We have a fifteen-acre or so solar farm just north of us, in fact, and while we can’t see it from the house even now, with the leaves off the trees, I sometimes walk by it on my daily rambles. And yeah, it’s ugly, but it’s also the primary source of electrical power for a few places down the road to the north that the electrical co-op has yet to run lines to, so I’m a bit more tolerant.
This is a good example of something that may serve locally, but won’t scale up to the grid level. More on that Friday. And, yeah, Alaska is a bit… different, than most places in the U.S., in lots of ways. And so…
On To the Links!
Peter King belabors the obvious.
“Let’s Go Brandon” and corporate censorship.
Speech isn’t a “threat” just because some asshole says so.
Yes, Portland is now a lawless city, and has been for some time.
It’s bad, and it’s going to get worse.
Jetpack Joe, or “I AM CORNHOLIO!”
“Educate and Counsel?” As in, in some kind of… camp?
This will be a huge opportunity for graft no matter what else happens.
If these assholes would read the Constitution, they’d already know they can’t do what they are proposing. But I’m sure they’ll invoke the FYTW rule.
This Week’s Idiots:
Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a partisan hack, and an idiot.
The LA Times‘ Jackie Calmes is an idiot.
It’s beyond me why anyone listens to this autistic little idiot.
Seriously, would this idiot just shut up and go away?
The Atlantic‘s Amanda Mull is an idiot.
MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot. And again. This asshole needs to read the Constitution.
Vox’s Umair Irfan is hysterical, and an idiot.
Vox‘s Terry Nguyen is likewise hysterical, and an idiot. I’m starting to sense a pattern here.
MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot. Sensing another pattern.
Touré is an idiot. Seriously, this guy is a major horse’s ass.
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
Another artist that we lost too soon was Jim Croce, thanks to a dark night and a pilot who probably shouldn’t have really been flying. While Jim was best known for pop-rock hits like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, I always liked some of his other stuff better. His song Time in a Bottle was a favorite, but I think the best of his works is his 1973 tune I Got A Name, from the album of the same name. Here, then, is that song. Enjoy.