Apple continues to lead on renewable energy

Montague Wind Power Facility in Oregon, one of Apple’s largest renewable projects to date

Apple continues to lead the way on corporate climate change action.

Apple announced its Power for Impact initiative in 2019, designed to provide communities with renewable energy while promoting economic and social growth. One of the 10 new Power for Impact projects involves working with the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority in the United States to collaboratively develop renewable energy resources for the wholesale market, with the objective of creating a large-scale wind power development in the Midwest. Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

Every company should be a part of the fight against climate change, and together with our suppliers and local communities, we’re demonstrating all of the opportunity and equity green innovation can bring. We’re acting with urgency, and we’re acting together. But time is not a renewable resource, and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.

Other projects in South Africa, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, and Israel seek to provide renewable energy to healthcare and educational institutions, as well as surrounding households, using rooftop solar installations. Apple believes that this will create a source of local revenue and lower energy costs, freeing up funds for educational scholarships, equipment, and medication.

I’ve been a happy Apple user since 1993ish with a my first Mac, a Color Classic II. I’m really happy that they are not just setting a good example on climate change but that they are setting the best example. And they should given that their success. But many do not attempt even half of what they have. They’re thorough and are leaving nothing un-examined in their engagement with the problem of resource use and climate change.

At the core capitalism is about profit, continual growth and resource use beyond all bounds. I applaud Apple in the effort they are making and hope others follow but it’s not something I expect to happen as it goes against the logic of capitalism as a system. That said, they are proving that it is possible.

2021 General Strike?

At the Guardian, Robert Reich asks if America is experiencing an unofficial general strike?

Corporate America wants to frame this as a “labor shortage.” Wrong. What’s really going on is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a healthcare shortage.

Unless these shortages are rectified, many Americans won’t return to work anytime soon. I say it’s about time.

Agreed.

Flooding and Burning

As of September 2nd we one coast of the US is flooding while the other coast is burning and has been for weeks. Just early days in what will be a long, long climate crisis. We’ve failed to stop it and we’ll do a poor job of adapting to it.

We all admit that our government is corrupt, broken, and generally dysfunctional but as individuals we also are broken and dysfunctional. Looking around during covid we see how irrational people can be. This is how I’ve felt for the past 10+ years, looking around as the climate crisis has become increasingly clear, I see most of the people around me behaving in the same irrational, ludicrous manner. In denial and angry at the notion that they should have to change their lives. They see the irrational behavior today in regards to covid and so many in the US but they don’t really see themselves in the same light in regards to the climate crisis.

I know that we are doomed. All evidence points to that. There is just no way that this huge, broken ship can turn itself around fast enough and I’m trying to accep

Denny

August 29, 2021

Back in the late 90s, Memphis, engaged in a bit of community/neighborhood media activism in the form of micro-radio broadcasting. In this photo we were broadcasting out of the trunk of my car at a local punk rock show. Good times.

Denny

August 26, 2021

An early morning bike ride with a view of the waning moon over distant mist covered fields: beautiful!

Denny

August 17, 2021

Another butterfly observed along the road on my daily bike ride. This time a great spangled fritillary, again on the same group of wild bergamot.

Denny

August 16, 2021

From a recent bike ride, a spicebush swallowtail on bee balm.

Denny

August 16, 2021

False Caesar’s Mushroom, Amanita parcivolvata – seen near the trail during my regular bike ride.

Denny

August 15, 2021

Over at Micro.blog Miraz shared a post about being followed home by a heron which stayed on the deck for a visit. Reminded me of Loretta, a Canada goose, a daily visitor the summer of 2009.

Lorretta, our visiting Canada Goose