Plague 2020: Life On The Inside

The WHO’s warnings to close schools at the end of February were accurate.

Unsurprising to me, the climate crisis Deniers are out in full force trying to deny scientific pandemic response since their beloved oil markets have tanked completely. It’s not enough for them to kill us with air pollution and climate change, now they want people to get infected with a virus that kills between 15% and .5% of those afflicted. I blocked National Post on Twitter for publishing Lawrence Solomon’s despicable Trump-esque call to return to dangerous work.

I haven’t been away from home since Monday, and won’t likely for weeks from now.

#StayHome, and if you go anywhere, don’t touch your face, keep 2m distance from everyone you’re not already living with, and wash your hands upon returning.

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#CloseTheSchools, Save Lives

There’s a pandemic, and the USA is slamming shut its air border to Europe, but Canadian schools plan on gathering all the children into spaces where they can’t socially distance themselves from (asymptomatic) sick kids. Is any political leader taking charge in Canada to limit the spread and keep this disease out of Saskatchewan and Regina?

Its fatality rate is about 3 times worse than the minor version of Smallpox, in regions where the health system is overwhelmed. Except there’s no tested vaccine for healthcare workers to protect themselves.

The City of Regina needs to cancel its renewable city conference, close its pools & libraries to the public, and anything else Health Canada can recommend to limit places where respiratory disease can be spread. If we act today, we make it possible our health system won’t be overloaded, and hundreds more Saskatchewanians will survive.

“Washington state has today 22 deaths. With that quick calculation, you get ~16,000 true coronavirus cases today. As many as the official cases in Italy and Iran combined.”

I Was Worried For a Moment

When I saw Google/Pocket recommending this article on batteries for the grid, I was a bit concerned. It was contrary to what I understood to be the truth, so I read a bit to get a sense if it was new information. It turned out to be 4-2 year old information, and seems to favour fossil fuels and nuclear. It’s safe to discount as FUD, at this point.

“This article was originally published on July 27, 2018, by MIT Technology Review, and is republished here with permission.”

Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play a major role.

It’s simply old information. Obsolete.
A coworker last night sent me this story about batteries as a huge success on the grid.
Yes, a peaker battery isn’t the same as 100% battery, but no one is saying that the entire supply should rely on only batteries.

Battery prices are falling at a pace of 22% per year for the last decade. Imagine what they’ll cost in 2022, in only 2 more years?

COVID-19 COVIDerup In USA

This is a WTF kind of story. How did corruption get this bad in the USA?

Republicans need to own this, instead they have amateur propagandists ranting on FOX News that Democrats are politicizing the plague.

UPDATE: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fox-business-trish-regan-departure-1203547558/

Climate Crisis Expanding

We need urgent action from governments on the climate crisis. The delay we know will cost lives.

COVID-19 Spreading Unchecked

The latest viral plague sweeping the world has a mortality rate in the range of 1 to 3%, from the numbers I’ve seen. This would put it in the realm of seriousness of minor Smallpox which we wiped out in 1977 thanks to a campaign of vaccination that ended the scourge in Somalia.

We need governments to decide if we’re going to pretend nothing can stop our economies aside from terrorist attacks. The impending doom of runaway climate change isn’t being met, and it would do our world good to realize we can tinker with our economies because something will eventually come along and change them anyway.

Oil Men on Net Zero Energy

I don’t think I want to bother hearing what they have to say.