Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Evergreen Edition

Featured image When a newspaper columnist goes on vacation but still owes regular pieces to his paper or distributor, they file a couple of “evergreen” columns—pieces about general interest subjects—sports, philosophy, whatever—not dependent on the day’s headlines. That’s my situation this week. Right now Power Line Baltic Command is retreating from Russia before the winter begins, and as internet at sea is apparently still transmitted by smoke signal, I thought I’d better »

From Power Line Baltic Command: “An Ocean Liner Without Lifeboats”?

Featured image I’m not really observing radio silence this week, but if you’ve ever been on a cruise ship you’ll know that shipboard Internet operates by smoke signal or some other antiquated technology. (Not to worry: I already have this Saturday’s “Week in Pictures” filed for posting automatically, in case I end up in a Russian jail cell on Friday.) Currently steaming through the Baltic Sea with our pals at the Pacific »

Alan Carlin’s “Environmentalism Gone Mad”

Featured image Four years ago I reported here on the case of Alan Carlin, the 38-year career employee of the EPA who was being silenced because of his dissenting views on climate change. The EPA suppressed Carlin’s research into the weaknesses of the EPA’s “findings” on climate change science, and ordered Carlin to cease any further work on the subject. For a long time I have pondered the idea of trying to »

Whitney Ball, RIP

Featured image It is a double shock to learn that Whitney Ball has passed away, on the same day as Peter Schramm. Most Power Line readers probably never heard of Whitney, but she was an unsung hero of the Right, and if I showed you some of the attacks the Left made on her in recent years (I won’t dignify them now) you’d get her immediately. A little more presently on that. »

The Insincerity of the Iran Agreement Defenders

Featured image The debate over the Iran agreement is provoking flashbacks to the Cold War, when disarmament movements in the West aimed chiefly at the disarmament of the western democracies. From my email in-box, a message from the “Global Zero” campaign (and note the punch line at the end of this first paragraph): “As we mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must consider the present-day »

Peter W. Schramm, 1946-2015, RIP

Featured image Our great friend and teacher Peter Schramm passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer. We took note of Peter’s battle last month, and have featured our exclusive conversations with him here on Power Line before. Tributes are pouring in from everywhere today, from former students and colleagues and friends. As everyone who knew Peter will recall, this Hungarian-born American citizen fancied himself something of a cowboy, but that »

Voegelin on America, Part 2

Featured image Last Sunday I mentioned appreciating Eric Voegelin’s Autobiographical Reflections. Here’s another passage that reinforces the point that America is superior to Europe in terms of philosophy and relevant thinking, based on his first extended visit to the U.S. in the early 1920s. (Voegelin could be pretty dense himself at times, but not here.) This literary work in which I assembled the results of the two American years does not, however, »

The Craziest Political Ad of All Time? [With One More Added]

Featured image Supposedly this is a real TV spot for a parliamentary candidate in Canada. Which shows how much further Donald Trump can go (about 1 minute long, but it seems so much longer): »

Civil War on the Left, Part 22

Featured image MoveOn.org is not ready to . . . move on from Sen. Charles Schumer’s announcement that he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. MoveOn has called for a “donor strike.” Here’s what they claim to have accomplished: After potential future Senate Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he would side with congressional Republicans and oppose President Obama’s negotiated deal with Iran late last week, threatening to put »

Trump-Sanders 2016?

Featured image Deep in the recesses of my head I seem to recall that back in 1972, a large number of Democrats who cast their primary ballots for George Wallace then went on to cast their votes in the fall for George McGovern. How does that work, you ask? Hardly gets any more opposite ideologically than Wallace v. McGovern. True, but the mistake here is in thinking these voters cast their votes »

How Bad Is Hillary as a Candidate? This Bad

Featured image It’s not news that Power Line is unanimous that Hillary is a terrible candidate. How bad is she? Watch her try to tell an oblique joke about her email scandal. She nods her head slowly in a know-it-all way that reminds you of every middle school vice principal you hated. And her sense of comic timing couldn’t be any worse if she was trying to kill a joke: And here she »

The Week in Pictures: Meltdown Edition

Featured image One story I haven’t had time to chase down sufficiently is that the Obama “Clean Power Plan” is unfriendly to nuclear power, which shows that the reign of environmental correctness out of the 1970s is still with us. Out here in CA, a recent re-licensing hearing for the last remaining nuclear power plant in the state, Diablo Canyon, turned into the usual clown show. But if Diablo Canyon is shut »

Will 2016 Be A Climate Hysteria Election?

Featured image Will the climate campaign ever reach its “sell-by” date? Probably not: the deep need for belief in catastrophism—and the expansion of political power that is always deemed necessary to “solve” the problem—will persist even if we run out of witches to drown. Perhaps the most damaging trope of climate catastrophism is that “we only have X years left” before it will be too late. James Hansen said it was 2010. »

Fixing the Spotty Sunspot Record?

Featured image One of the variables in the climate change story is solar activity, especially sunspots. Oscillating sunspot activity is one natural factor sometimes singled out as an important variable, with some climate skeptics pointing to rising sunspot activity in the 20th century as a possible major cause of the modest warming we experienced. Most computer climate models place only modest weight on sunspot activity, but recently the lull in current sunspots »

If the GOP Field Were Whales. . .

Featured image They’d look like these guys: all spouting off at once, but not getting very far. (Can’t find Trump the Orca though): »

Will Democrats Forfeit the 2016 Election?

Featured image Even before Hillary started swooning in the polls and her email scandal blew up, most of my left-leaning friends felt she was a certain loser, and were lining up behind Bernie Sanders. True, if you think Bernie Sanders would make a better general election candidate that Hillary you may not be entirely right in the head, but the distinct lack of enthusiasm for Hillary is the significant factor. Who is »

The Flabby Arms of Krupp (2)

Featured image Last week I took aim here at the weak Wall Street Journal op-ed from Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, celebrating Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” for being a revolutionary, game-changing, world-saving measure. Today a number of letters to the editor appear sounding the same notes, such as: Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp’s “A Clean-Energy Breakthrough” op-ed, Aug. 4) is utter nonsense, starting with the inarticulate term “carbon pollution” (soot?) that »