Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Thursday in Boulder: The Dynamic Duo

Featured image No, not that dynamic duo that runs around in underwear and capes; I mean the dynamic duo of Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute.  I’ve noted them many times before here on Power Line as the most interesting and serious defectors from environmental orthodoxy while remaining firmly planted on the left/progressive side of the political spectrum.  I’m hosting them for a public lecture here at CU/Boulder this »

This Is Really Going to Harsh Some Mellows

Featured image Well guess what? Growing pot is very carbon-intensive.  Says Mother Jones: You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again. The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic. . . Bummer, man.  The rest of the MJ piece is photo memes.  Here are the best ones: »

Denial: Formerly the Hudson River

Featured image In addition to Maureen Dowd’s NY Times column Scott noted here, the “news” pages of the Times also carry a long feature story on how Democrats are panicking over this election cycle: “Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats.”  I guess Dem House and Senate candidates aren’t buying the “You’ve got me” bravado Obama held out to them in 2010. Hard to pick out who is deepest in denial here—Democrats, »

The Week in Pictures: Bossypants Edition

Featured image So we’re supposed to ban “bossy” from our vocabulary, eh?  This, coming from the same folks who imposed the mandate that we all buy health insurance from government-run exchanges, and dictate exactly what that insurance policy must have in it.  I mean, if liberalism today isn’t about being bossy, then it hardly has a reason for being.  And what about all those bumper stickers praising mis-behaving women? I guess we’ll »

Maybe Flight 370 Was Brought Down by Chinese Solar Power?

Featured image Well not seriously, but just about every other theory, including aliens and the Koch brothers, have been floated.  Well, okay, I’m the only one (I think) to say the Koch brothers did it, and that was simply to bait MSNBC; is there any doubt that someone in the fever swamps of the Left—Dan Rather perhaps?—might believe it? The Chinese solar power idea is almost as loopy, except that pilots are »

Best. Obituary. Ever.

Featured image There was quite a lot of notice given to this obituary last November of Leonard Smith, who asked that in lieu of flowers, “the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.”  A rather sensible suggestion. But I think I’ve found one that is even better from earlier this week, for Walter George Bruhl, a retired chemical company executive.  Highlights: Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark »

Clueless Scientists?

Featured image Conservatives are said to be “anti-science,” though one ought to pause once and a while and ponder where the opposition to vaccines and genetically modified organisms comes from.  A belief in a literal six-day creation 6,000 years ago harms no one; urging parents not to vaccinate their children, as prominent liberals and celebrities have done, leads to unnecessary death and disease. One problem for the scientific community is that much »

Dueling Studies at NASA, and Other Warmist News

Featured image A group of 25 retired NASA scientists has released a report (PDF file) throwing lots of cold water on catastrophic global warming scenarios, and it’s probably important that emphasize that they are “retired” NASA scientists, because if they were still active in the agency they might be getting stern looks, and assigned to smaller offices, by the higher ups in space command.  From the summary: We have concluded that, at »

Buffett: Hedging His Hedging?

Featured image No sooner do I note here the other day that Warren Buffett seems to be lining up with climate skeptics and saying nice things about the Keystone pipeline, than I find this very revealing chart from about the rather conspicuous ramp-up of lobbying by Buffett’s Berkshire-Hathaway: Hmmm.  What happened in 2009 that so suddenly changed Buffett’s spending for lobbying?  I can think of one thing.  Probably you can too. »

Tuesday in Boulder: Jonathan Adler (Updated)

Featured image For Power Line’s Denver-Boulder area peeps: Jonathan Adler will be speaking tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 6:30 pm on the topic, “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over: Why The Obamacare Legal Battles Are Far From Over.”  (Click the link for details of room location, etc.)  Jon, the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in »

Mayor de Blah-sio, or Oblasio?

Featured image H.L. Mencken’s line that “democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard” comes to mind when looking at New York and Washington right now.  Americans seem to need to be reminded every now and then just what high octane liberalism is like, but better if this laboratory of liberalism is confined to New York City, Illinois, Detroit, etc. »

That Rabbit Is Nuclear!

Featured image I don’t think I ever shared this story when it crossed the wires a few years back, but it came back up on my screen yesterday, and it’s just too good not to share with Power Line World.  From the Associated Press in 2010: Radioactive Rabbit Trapped, Killed A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state health workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings. »

The Week in Pictures: Crimea River Edition

Featured image I got the opportunity last night to ask Charles Krauthammer (we did schtick together again for a Pacific Research Institute dinner in Newport Beach) what he thought went on during that 90-minute phone call between Obama and Putin.  Were they exchanging tips?  Charles thought Putin must have needed his ophthalmologist at his side to keep his eyes from rolling too much.  I offered that Putin probably said: “You Americans used to mock »

Latest News on the Climate Change Collapse

Featured image James Q. Wilson used to like to tell social scientists, “Stop trying to predict the future; you can’t even predict the past!”  A slightly more refined version of this axiom, which I first heard explained by John DiIulio—one of Wilson’s protégés, is that our social science methodology has gotten very good at explaining 150 percent of the variance of many social phenomena. This insight probably applies to climate science as »

Jeering Al-Jazeera

Featured image Ad Age has a short article out right now about the colossal face-plant that is Al Jazeera America, formerly CurrentTV, which Al Jazeera bought from Al Gore for something like $100 million.  Get a load of these numbers for viewership: The channel isn’t even pulling in half the total audience that predecessor Current TV managed. Al Jazeera America has averaged just 15,000 total viewers in prime-time since bowing in August, »

More Proof That Liberals Are Humorless Losers

Featured image Some years back I contributed a short squib to National Review’s roster of the 100 best conservative films out of Hollywood on behalf of Ghostbusters, not merely for making the bad guy a buffoon from the EPA, but for noting that the private sector, unlike government or universities, “expects results.” Lo and behold, along comes Thomas Frank, the lefty author of What’s The Matter With Kansas for Not Voting Like »

Best. Supreme Court. Brief. Ever.

Featured image Make sure you’ve swallowed any and all liquids, especially hot ones like coffee, before you read further. P.J. O’Rourke has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, related to the upcoming case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus.  The only possible thing that could top this would be an amicus brief from Dave Barry. Steven Driehaus is the sore-loser Democrat who is suing Susan B. Anthony List for independent »