Great Lakes ice cover developing; earliest in over 40 years. Well that's good news, I guess, unless you're a climate change politician.
Philip Greenspun: How to feel better about your country: be confused about numbers. "I’m kind of curious about how people who spend the time to put together a story to be broadcast nationally could have missed the difference between 3.9 percent and 16.5 percent." Just like with climate change, you pick the facts to suit your story.
Meanwhile: the largest solar plant in the US is officially up and running. It is rated for 550 megawatts, will be most interesting to see how much it actually can produce; many solar plants fall short of their generating targets. For comparison, this is about 1/4 the output of a typical nuclear power plant.
Powerline: Renewable energy will never work, but can nuclear? "Whenever somebody with a decent grasp of maths and physics looks into the idea of a fully renewables-powered civilized future for the human race with a reasonably open mind, they normally come to the conclusion that it simply isn’t feasible." Read the whole thing. I have always been confused as to why climate alarmists are not big fans of nuclear power...
Too cool: stunning drone video of the Tower of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. I think drones have pretty much revolutionized this kind of video, in very short order.
Kottke: beautiful portraits of animals by Brad Wilson. Way cool.