Climate

Deep Six the Deep Ocean Theory?

Featured image Another week, another pile of climate change news, much of it nonsensical as usual. You knew that Ebola would be connected to climate change, right? Actually, this immediate default theme in the media was even too much for the true believer climatistas at ClimateProgress.org: Media Jumps to Conclusions on Ebola and Climate Change If you read Newsweek or CNBC this week, you may be under the impression that one of »

The Walrus and the Climate Hysterics

Featured image First the polar bears, now the walruses. At the New York Times, Gail Collins says there is a “walrus crisis.” They’re piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper. Normally, they’d be sitting on chunks of ice, periodically flopping »

Little Bobby, Now in Full Backtracking Mode

Featured image Robert F. “Little Bobby” Kennedy Jr is trying to backtrack from his latest foam-flecked calls for jailing climate skeptics. He’s taken the pages of EcoWatch.com (what—was Salon.com out of pixels that day?) to affect a denialist pose (heh) of his own previous very clear words: Hysterics at the right wing think tanks and their acolytes at The Washington Times, talk radio and the blogosphere, are foaming in apoplexy because I supposedly »

Some Liberals To Applaud on Climate

Featured image In my Forbes.com column today, “Climate Change Jumps the Shark,” I take aim at the old “no-enemies-on-the-left” mentality that will extend a free pass to the lunatic rantings of Naomi Klein and “Little Bobby” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. So when a liberal does step up and object strongly to this kind of infantile leftism, it is worth noting and praising. No surprise that it comes from our center-left friends at »

Modern Science Refutes Global Warming Alarmism

Featured image It isn’t quite true to say that the science is settled–climate science is in its infancy, and we have only a poor understanding of the Earth’s climate. Just about every proposition is controversial. But we are very close to being able to say that, as to global warming alarmism, the debate is over and the alarmists have lost. (I mean, of course, the scientific debate, not the political one, which »

Will Climate Week Ever End?

Featured image Is it still climate week? Yes, it must be, since John Kerry, who pretending to be secretary of state, has said climate change is just as urgent as ISIS. Also ebola. No word yet on whether all the trash from the weekend’s climate march has been picked up yet, nor whether Leo DiCaprio picked up the tab. But then there’s this inconvenient headline from the Los Angeles Times a few »

Obama Lies, Punts at Climate Change Summit

Featured image This year’s global warming convention (the “Climate Change Summit”) is taking place at the United Nations in New York. The march on Monday was intended to put pressure on the delegates by demonstrating popular support for poverty fighting climate change. Of course, it didn’t put any pressure on China or India–the two key countries in any effort to cut carbon emissions–since their leaders didn’t attend. President Obama addressed the Summit »

Climate: A Bad Career Move for Leo?

Featured image Well since it’s climate week we may as well continue with our dominant theme. As previously mentioned, Leo DiCaprio has gone all-in to be the climate change poster boy, apparently extending as far as aping Al Gore in becoming a one-man carbon sequestration project (Leo: I’d watch that waist line if you still want to bag supermodels; McConaughey is staying in shape after all). But I wonder if Leo has »

Climate Week in Pictures

Featured image You just knew we had to do this.  Surprise, surprise, surprise, it seems the climatistas who marched over the weekend were just as big a slobs as the Occupy Wall Street crowd (because they were mostly the same people), and failed to recycle their trash.  Maybe they think recycling socialist slogans is enough.  And, of course, there’s Leo DiCaprio to celebrate as the left’s new leading idiot. And finally, let’s »

Climatistas Don Their Brownshirts

Featured image Apparently yesterday’s rant about the Koch brothers wasn’t enough for Little Bobby.  Here he is calling for the jailing of the Koch brothers, and possibly politicians who “deny” climate change, when all they’re really denying is the will to power of brownshirts like Little Bobby.  (John referred to this rant yesterday, but here’s the tape.)  He cites “reckless endangerment” as the legal cause of action for jailing the Kochs, who »

Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

Featured image The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American »

Lifestyles of the Rich and Climate-Conscious

Featured image Well I suppose there really isn’t much to add to what John has posted on yesterday’s climate farce in New York City. Oh heck—yes there is! It’s never out of season to point out the raging hypocrisy of the whole crowd. Al Gore was there, naturally—he of the multiple mansions and private jets trips and business deals with Arab oil potentates. (How’s that transaction going, by the way?) Then there’s »

Inside the Climate Alarmist Zoo

Featured image We wrote yesterday about the fact that the “People’s Climate March” consisted mostly of warmed-over socialists and other obsolete radicals. Reason TV attended the march and produced this excellent video, which shows what the “climate change” movement is all about. A hint: it doesn’t have much to do with climate. Not much explanation is required, perhaps, but Noah Rothman is spot-on: There appear to be two strains of protesters who »

Climatistas Can’t Keep Their Story Straight, Part 2

Featured image Or maybe I should call this series “Scenes from the 97 Percent.” Because settled science! No sooner do I note that one expert writes in the New York Times yesterday that planting trees might be the wrong thing to do than a sharp-eyed Power Line reader points us to a feature in today’s Washington Post that “Trees Offer a Way to Delay the Consequences of Climate Change.” Didn’t the editorial »

The People’s Climate March: What’s It All About? [Updated]

Featured image The “People’s Climate March” is underway in New York City, with coordinated events occurring in other locations. Tom Steyer, who abandoned an honest career as a coal magnate to become a “green” scammer, thinks the march shows how important climate is a political issue: I think the point of this is to show that this has widespread support, that it is a first-tier political issue, that the ability to sweep »

Climatistas Can’t Keep Their Story Straight

Featured image We take time out from the conformism of “the science is settled” (because 97 percent!) to remind everyone to do their good deed and plant a tree for the planet. Except—what’s this? Planting trees might not be good for the planet? That’s the argument that appeared yesterday in the New York Times from Yale chemist Nadine Unger. Yup: the article is “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees.” Start oiling »

“Climate Science Is Not Settled”

Featured image It is not often that you see someone of Steven Koonin’s prominence publicly immolate his future in Democratic Party politics and perhaps in the senior reaches of academia at the same time. But that’s what Koonin does today with his Wall Street Journal feature “Climate Science Is Not Settled.” Koonin served in the first term of the Obama administration as the undersecretary of science in the Department of Energy; he »