As numerous others have mentioned, Trump's personal behavior has obscured some of the more important developments taking place in the real political world. Hard news has a difficult time competing with sexy women and pee tapes. We call it “hard news” because sometimes it may be hard to absorb the complexity of a particular political development. There are nuanced arguments that must be considered. This is an anathema to today's instant I-don't-have-time-for-this world. The Statistic Brain Research Institute tells us that the average attention span for Americans is 8 seconds, 33% less than in 2000. The attention span of a goldfish, we are told, is 9 seconds. That makes serious policy discussion virtually impossible among a populace that is far more interested in Beyonce and Jay-Z than they are, for example, in energy policy.
Which brings me around to the subject of energy policy.