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During California's heat wave peak usage ended up being 2.5GW less than what was forecasted yesterday. How much did & cooler weather along the coast help? Grid-scale renewables provided a solid > 14GW of electricity during the daytime. Graphs from
This is what happens when blind gross receipt tax fetishism goes too far.
Backers of an SF 'Amazon Tax' have abruptly withdrawn support and are now trying to remove it from November's ballot, after hearing that Amazon might not even be affected: https://t.co/BVgulHY8ir
Anna Tong @annatonger
Traffic engineers love to make appeals to authority for why we should listen to them, but they really discredit their cause when they spout lies like arguing more highway infrastructure will be good for the environment.
I wrote about the strangeness of TikTok trying to build trust by letting Oracle, of all companies, audit its algorithms platformer.news/p/tiktok-works…
Remember, fast Chinese growth didn't actually end due to Zero Covid, or the real estate crash, or Xi's regulatory crackdowns. Growth was slowing continuously since 2010.
They've recently pivoted smoothly from "YIMBYs think upzoning will solve everything" to "YIMBYs suck because only 60% of them support public housing". No matter how much we try to build left-unity, they'll just keep dunking on us. It's super toxic, and a sign of bad faith.
This is such a painfully bad take. Do I have "unquestioning trust in law enforcement and the FBI"? No. TRUMP HAS NEVER DENIED HAVING THE DOCUMENTS IN QUESTION. His only excuses have been variations on "law, schmaw, I do what I fucking want, and that's allowed"
The most bizarre development of the past week is Democrats and liberals' sudden, unquestioning trust in law enforcement and the FBI. This is the FBI we're talking about, an agency that spent years targeting American Muslims post-9/11. And did people forget about the Comey letter?
Shadi Hamid @shadihamid
In Bowling Alone (2000), Putnam critiqued NIMBYism for exploiting 'social capital' to achieve 'antisocial' ends.