The actual most important news of the week is probably the impeachment vote and the political wrangling about the trial in the Senate. But I'm only going to share one things about that: Jennifer Rubin's opinion piece about how Pelosi might play her hand next.
The rest of this post is going to be about other things.
First, I finally wrote up the story of our first Tesla road trip and the lessons it contained. It has a happy ending but waaay more time in Yuma than we would have liked! There is a lesson for us as individual electric car owners, but also a lesson for a society that really, really needs more people to choose electric cars and is not doing what it needs to do to encourage that.
Next, my "if you only read/listen to one thing this week" pick is Ezra Klein's interview with Saul Griffith, appropriately titled "How to solve climate change and make life more awesome." This was a really inspiring podcast, with useful advice about how to act individually (make the best decisions you can on the big energy usage pieces of your life: where to live relative to work, what kind of car to buy, how to heat your home) and don't sweat the small stuff. Instead, push for more visionary infrastructure decisions by society as a whole.
We need to replace our heater and that podcast finished convincing me that we need to replace it with an electric heat pump even if that is more expensive. Because we can afford it and that's the right thing to do. So, guess who's about to learn a lot about electric heat pumps? Feel free to drop relevant links in the comments!
This book sounds interesting!
I found this article about the vaping lung disease informative - it turns out there may have been cases as early as 2017.
I think this is an insightful tweet:
I see reviews of the decade about to end and different cultural milestones that defined us but I believe few moments represent the '10s better than this: a common person taking a complex task in their hands with no skill or preparation delivering a perplexing result for posterity pic.twitter.com/qXdtPvH9ns— Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices) December 20, 2019
At the time I saw this, my YA title would have been "A Lego set of groceries and exhaustion" which is honestly felt about right.
Bunny!A martini of shoes and contentment. 😂 https://t.co/wMkhW7uD9C— Windycitygal (@imawindycitygal) December 17, 2019
That's all I have this week. It is still the busy holiday season, after all. Have a good weekend everyone!