Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Climate Beclowning Continues

Featured image Far be it from me to prevent a mediocre leftist Democratic congressman from beclowning himself like Rep. Grijalva, but today the whole story jumped more sharks than Sharknado I & II combined when the Malibu Times, a local sheet devoted chiefly to Kardashian sightings and Bruce Jenner accident reports, ran the headline, “Pepperdine Professor Investigated by Congressman.” Do you think the Malibu Times follows these Capitol Hill stories that closely? »

A Simple Question About Iran

Featured image We keep hearing from Democratic critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech that if we don’t reach an agreement with Iran, then the path will be clear for Iran to have a bomb soon.  Explicit is the idea that even a bad agreement is better than no agreement. Hold on a minute.  Isn’t there something missing here?  I thought “all options were on the table.”  Obama has said this repeatedly.  Now »

The Most Trusted Man in America on Climate Change

Featured image Heh.  Walter Cronkite—the Most Trusted Man in America, don’t forget—on the topic of climate change, in 1972.  Just 25 seconds long.  Heh, again: »

Old Americans for Freedom

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” section this morning reminds us that M. Stanton Evans was the author of the “Sharon Statement,” the founding manifesto of Young Americans for Freedom. It is called the “Sharon Statement” because it was adopted at a meeting at William F. Buckley’s home in Sharon, Connecticut. I was not even two years old at the time of its writing, so I took no notice »

Energy Sense from an Unlikely Source

Featured image In preparing for this week’s session of my graduate course on energy policy, I happened to stumble across a very sound discussion of why the energy romanticism of the Climate Haters (I think I’m going to retire “climatistas” and go with the more accurate Climate Haters instead, because settled science!) makes no sense. It is in a series called “Getting to Zero” (as in zero carbon emissions), written by a »

Why Hillary Won’t Make It

Featured image Time out briefly from the Obama Debacle to contemplate the Hillary 2016 debacle-in-waiting. Jennifer Rubin has a nice rundown of all of the new difficulties Hillary mas made for herself lately with all of the usual foibles we associate with the adjective “Clintonian” but without any of the Big Dog’s roguish charm. This includes her use of a personal email account at the State Department in what looks like an »

Pelosi: Netanyahu “Insults Our Intelligence”

Featured image I thought this had to be a hoax, but no—here’s Nancy Pelosi’s entire statement; you need to read it, not to believe it: Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Joint Meeting of Congress: “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests.  Ours is a »

M. Stanton Evans, RIP

Featured image Sad news this morning of the passing of M. Stanton Evans at the age of 80. He was, in addition to his long list of books and distinguished career in journalism, the author of the Sharon Statement, one of the founding documents of modern conservatism produced at the founding of Young Americans for Freedom in 1960. Stan was my first mentor in professional life. I came to Washington DC right »

Climate Haters Gotta Hate

Featured image I’ve had on my spindle for a month now this article by the WaPo’s Chris Mooney (author of the egregious Republican War on Science) about how the climate change debate is . . . polarized! Apparently Mooney discovered that climate change alarmists and climate “skeptics” really don’t like each other. Stop the presses! Clearly with Mooney we are in the presence of no ordinary mind. On the surface the story »

A “Political Football”? He Would Know

Featured image So our totally self-aware secretary of state, John Karrie (who fought in Vietnam, you may not know, against Genghis Khan or somebody), said yesterday that he doesn’t want Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to become “a political football.”  I wonder why that might be?  Oh yeah—this: »

Power Line at 10,000 Feet

Featured image If we ever start doing a regular video show in addition to our semi-regular online broadcasts, I think we might have to use this short segment as our show opener: As it happens, I’m going to be out in Palm Springs next weekend videotaping a long interview with a significant writer and thinker, which will be edited into several segments for Power Line.  Stay tuned for details. And then there are »

When All You Have Is a Hammer. . .

Featured image You almost have to have some sympathy for Rep. Raul Grijalva, given that he’s a slave to the crudely Marxist reductionist view that economic interest determines everything. It has been the fundamental driving principle of the left for a very long time. When all you have is a hammer. . . By coincidence, as Grijalva was rolling out his Climate Blacklist this week, I happened to be rereading portions of »

The Week in Pictures: #FreeTheGrijalva7 Edition

Featured image Really, I haven’t had this much fun since Climategate (which, incidentally, I’ll be revisiting in the next couple of days).  But if you really want to see what a theater of the absurd the environmental world has become, check out the story about Sharon Stone being sued for backing out of an anti-Chevron protest in Eucador.  Seriously?  Sharon Stone is your protest headliner?  What—Leo DiCaprio wasn’t available?  Anyway, this week’s »

More Blowback

Featured image The American Meteorological Society, regarded as a mainstream science organization, has issued a strong statement critical of Rep. Grijalva’s “investigation,” whose central point is the same as mine yesterday.  You can find a PDF link at the top of the AMS website, but here’s the complete text of the letter (with a facsimilie below): Dear Representative Grijalva: Science and jurisprudence have in common the practice of the careful and critical »

Punch Back Twice as Hard

Featured image Our pals at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute issued the following press release today, which I post here in full: For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Craig Richardson Richardson@eelegal.org 703-981-5553 Following Rep. Grijalva Inspiration, E&E Legal Files FOIA Request with the University of Delaware Seeking Records Relating to the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Washington, D.C. — Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), in »

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?

Featured image Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the »

Another Shot of Oakeshott

Featured image Following up on my first installment a few days ago from Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay “On Being Conservative,” herewith my second-favorite passage from the essay, which I find can be effective in getting students to understand why Aristotle (among others) thinks the young are unsuited to the study—let alone practice—of politics: Everybody’s young days are a dream, a delightful insanity, a sweet solipsism. Nothing in them has a fixed shape, »