Climate

Green Weenie of the Week: The Los Angeles Times

Featured image I know most of you have heard that climate change caused the civil war in Syria. Because of course if it was 10 degrees cooler or there were 10 more inches of rain a year, all of those tribes and Islamic factions would join hands and sing Kumbaya, or whetever that translates to in Arabic. All these centuries of fighting with each other were apparently just practice for the coming »

Judith Curry Bids Adieu to Academia

Featured image One of my failings here is not bringing regular attention to the important work of Prof. Judith Curry of Georgia Institute of Technology, and her terrific website Climate, Etc. Prof. Curry was the chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and was for a long time a member in good standing of the so-called “consensus” on climate change. Her CV shows a long list of accomplishments and »

California’s Continuing Brownout

Featured image Back in the late 1990s, when Willie Brown was mayor of San Francisco and right across the Bay Bridge Jerry Brown was mayor of Oakland, it was fitting to say that the Bay Area suffered a complete Brownout. And as I liked to remind people, Willie Brown defeated an incumbent mayor to get the job. That incumbent, Frank Jordan, had stripped naked in the shower with two gays on a »

Loose Ends (15)

Featured image • Power Line Always Gets There First: Greg Weiner of Assumption College, author of a fine book about Pat Moynihan, has a fine article out today on RealClearPolitics about Trump and the complaints of the left that Trump doesn’t tell the truth. Good stuff—close to what we wrote here last week. Weiner: We are beginning to encounter middle-of-the-road politicians who will seemingly say anything. We approach a fantasized condition. In »

The Global Warming Fraud, Explained

Featured image Much can be said about the Left’s lavishly-financed effort to portray global warming as an existential threat, so that a small minority can profit while the rest of us are impoverished. But this is perhaps the most fundamental point: a scientific argument can be made that doubling the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will increase global temperatures by about one degree C. Most people agree that this would be »

Power Line Beats the NY Times—Again

Featured image Remember two days ago when I advanced the outrageous proposition that greenhouse gas emissions will fall faster under President Trump than they would have under Madam President Hillary? Yes, I was partly trolling the climatistas, but there is a serious point that much climate policy posing is unserious, counter-productive, and beside the point. Well guess who has caught up with Power Line? Today’s New York Times! Trump’s Climate Policies May »

Donald Trump, Climate Warrior?

Featured image The climatistas just can’t help themselves. Amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the left since Trump’s triumph, the environmentalists have wailed the loudest. We’re doomed! One climatista, University of Arizona emeritus professor Guy McPherson, is predicting that humans will go extinct in just ten more years: The University of Arizona emeritus professor says in 10 years, humans will cease to exist. Abrupt rises in temperature have us on course »

Civil War on the Left, Part 30

Featured image Today we get another two-fer: a fresh installment of the Civil War on the Left series, and a Green Weenie Award. Up in Washington state, there’s a revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative on the ballot, which would impose a $15 a ton carbon tax (or about 15 cents per gallon of gas), rising eventually over the years to $100 a ton, or $1 added to the cost of a gallon of »

A New Climategate Scandal?

Featured image The East Anglia email scandal of 2009 was a major turning point in the climate change crusade. At the time I compared it to the Pentagon Papers—something that changed the narrative fundamentally. Now there’s another climate scandal breaking. The Daily Mail reported yesterday about the apparent fraud of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), a project of the London School of Economics and the University of Leeds »

Today’s Happy Climate News!

Featured image I can’t decide whether this story is proof that climate change isn’t all gloom-and-doom all the time, or whether climate change is just one more aspect of the Oppressive Patriarchy. From Science Daily: Climate change will see some males get sexier A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it’s all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population »

Civil War on the Left, Part 29: Leo in Trouble

Featured image This is just too much fun—a chance for a “Civil War on the Left” and a Green Weenie Award post at the same time. The “rainforest” people are mad at Leo DiCaprio. From the Hollywood Reporter: Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role By Alex Ritman In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to »

The Real Tom Steyer

Featured image News item from The Daily Caller: Hacked Emails Show Extent Of Left-Wing Billionaire’s Influence On White House Hacked emails show the extent to which billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer coordinated with the Obama administration to form energy policy and to divide Republicans on environmental issues. Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a Steyer aide, emailed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta in 2014 ironing out a strategy for a White House climate »

Hurricane Hysteria [Updated]

Featured image The much-hyped Hurricane Matthew still hasn’t made landfall. It has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it makes its way up the Southeastern coast. It may yet do great damage here, as it already has in Haiti, but the disappointment in some quarters is palpable. Matthew had been hyped as the poster child for global warming, striking just in time to give Hillary Clinton a boost in Sunday’s »

Another Environmental Epic Fail

Featured image As everyone who follows the dreary world of environmental politics knows, the great concern these days is with “environmental justice,” which is exactly what you think it is—an attempted fusing of the Edmund Pettis Bridge with the Cuyahoga River fire. So it is with a great deal of amusement that I see a new report from USC, UC Berkeley and Occidental College casts doubt on the effectiveness of California’s cap »

Reviving Religious Tests for Public Office

Featured image Article VI of the Constitution contains the clause that reads, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This is was the first time that any nation had explicitly rejected religious discrimination (Britain under the Toleration Act still maintained numerous religious tests to be a member of the government.) Apparently Leo DiCaprio wishes to junk this provision of »

Is the Global Warming Debate Over?

Featured image One of the more laughable aspects of global warming alarmism is the constant claim that the debate about the hysterics’ claims is over. In fact, the Earth’s climate is so poorly understood that it is more accurate to say that the debate has barely begun. But there are some things we know. For example: the increase in Earth’s temperature resulting from a doubling of CO2, based on any recognized energy »

Pale Green, The Sequel

Featured image Further to my item yesterday on how the climatistas are ignoring the success Ontario has had in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nuclear power, it is worth mentioning that the same story can be told about Sweden (which is perhaps why we don’t hear about Sweden rather than Germany’s fake energiewende.) Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert of Oxford notes the story of Sweden with »