May 6, 2020

Posted by orrinj at 6:53 PM


Technology leaps driving cost of solar PV electricity in Australia to just A$30/MWh (Andrew Blakers And Matthew Stocks, 7 May 2020, renew Economy)

The cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) electricity in Australia in 2030 is on track to be about A$30 per megawatt-hour (MWh). This conclusion arises from current trends in PV module efficiency and cost.

Importantly, $30/MWh is below the operational cost of most coal and gas fired power stations. Continued installs of rooftop and utility scale solar will likely lead to a wave of retirements of existing coal fired power stations during the 2020s. This price is also competitive with industrial gas heating.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Why Warren is a bad fit as Biden's running mate (Josh Kraushaar, May 5, 2020, National Journal)

[I]f Biden is concerned about improving his political standing and helping the Democratic Party compete for the future, picking Warren would backfire. For a campaign that's centered its pitch on a return to normalcy, choosing an outspoken progressive would be a risky move--especially at a time when Biden is leading President Trump in national and battleground-state polls.

Here are the main reasons why Biden is likely to go in a different direction,,,

One of the reasons W was a model president is because his VP and several cabinet members were qualified to be president, having governed states (Ashcroft, Thompson,  Whitman) or even the country (Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld) before.  His immediate predecessor and successor had decidedly weak cabinets and modern presidents have generally selected legislators as their VP's, who are ill-suited to the task of governing. [Donald's cabinet was weak but he did, at least, choose a VP more qualified than himself.]

Uncle Joe, particularly given his age, ought to choose one of the women governors--Michelle Lujan Grisham ticks a lot of boxes--rather than a senator.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


New polling shows warning signs for GOP-held Senate seats (Neal Rothschild, Alexi McCammon, 5/06/20, Axios)

Polls released Tuesday show Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) leading incumbent Sen. Steve Daines (R) by 7 points (sample size: 738) and North Carolina Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham beating Republican Sen. Thom Tillis by 9 points (sample size: 1,362).

Other recent numbers show an upward trend for Democrats:

Arizona: Democratic frontrunner Mark Kelly leads Republican Sen. Martha McSally by 8 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.

Kansas: Democratic frontrunner Barbara Bollier led possible Republican nominee Kris Kobach by 2 points in a recent Public Policy Polling survey.

Maine: Sara Gideon (D) has a 2.5-point lead over Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the Real Clear Politics average.

Iowa: Sen. Joni Ernst (R) leads possible challenger Theresa Greenfield (D) by a point in a new Public Policy Polling survey.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Donald Trump Jr. investing in far-right OANN, "aiming to take down Fox": report (ROGER SOLLENBERGER, MAY 6, 2020, Salon)

The Journal reported that Hicks Equity Partners, a firm belonging to the family of Tommy Hicks Jr., the RNC co-chair, was negotiating a $250 million deal with Herring Networks, the parent company of OANN, a low-impact far-right network that offers a home to the likes of Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec and has defended Roy Moore and endorsed Russian propaganda.

When The Federalist, Twitchy and Fox aren't sycophantic enough....