Bloomberg reported today that overnight more than 52% of the power of the Plains grid running from Montana to Texas. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-13/wind-on-the-plains-supplied-more-than-half-region-s-power-needs Just a few years ago, 25% would have not seemed feasible. The article notes that "Texas leads the U.S. wind industry with more than 20 gigawatts installed, followed by Iowa, Oklahoma, California and Kansas, according to the American Wind Energy Association." We are actually making a lot of progress as a nation on climate. That progress doesn't know red or blue states. It knows that sun and wind are cheaper than coal. Despite what more the new administration's policies are around climate, drilling, coal, and approving pipelines, the economic inertia towards renewable energy may be too much to overcome. Let's hope so. Let's keep making progress.
The rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is appalling and we all must be in action whether through #bystanderintervention, #reporting, and/or #advocating for civil protections.
#racialjustice #asianamerican #stophate #stopracism #stopaapihate #stopasianhate
When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’
I don't think any of us have any doubt that peaceful protests lead by BIPOC communities are treated differently. We saw this in the uprising this summer. Can you imagine if there was a violent storming of the Capitol? There's just no way there would be such a light law enforcement, no way there would have been a small number of arrests, no way it wouldn't have been met with law enforcement violence, no way folks would have been casually walking in and out of the Capitol. I'm glad the media are using appropriate terms like insurrection, mob violence, and domestic terrorism, and accountability is now required.
#impeach and #convict