Climate

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 »

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 »

Is The Administration’s Position on Global Warming Scientific?

Featured image Across a broad range of issues, liberals ignore the relevant science. Perhaps global warming is foremost on this list. For an elegant, brief statement of why this is true, let’s turn to climate scientist Judith Curry. This is an excerpt from her observations on Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” Do you think Obama’s messaging about climate change is true to the science? Well, the one thing you don’t hear President Obama »

The Week’s #Climatefail News

Featured image Everything related to climate change is settled science, of course (by a 97 – 0 margin we’re told endlessly), except that no one seems to have told the scientific journals. For example, one of the parade of horribles we hear about is ocean acidification, which will kill the oceans! Sounds likely in theory, but what do the actual data say? Never mind data, which seem to be scarce. Turns out »

Climatistas Forced to Abandon Their Own BS

Featured image In my Weekly Standard article out today on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” I note one of the more curious and significant changes from the original draft rule of a year ago and the final rule released on Monday of this week: namely that the fourth “building block” for state compliance—energy conservation/efficiency measures—was dropped from the rule. Here’s the key part of the argument as summarized in the article: »

Climate: The (Flabby) Arms of Krupp

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editorial page this morning suggests that individual states should simply refuse to cooperate with Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” finalized on Monday. But across the page from their feisty editorial is an op-ed article singing a “hosanna we’re saved!” hymn about the wonderfulness of the climate plan from Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. There are a large number of snarky online comments on why »

Obama Announces Global Warming Plan: We’re Saved!

Featured image So today Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The »

An Omnibus Climate And Green Weenie Update [With Derision by John]

Featured image Haven’t had much climate change news for a while. Can’t Donald Trump say something outrageous about it so we can kickstart the issue? There’s actually lots of fun climate news right now, but it is getting lost in the ether. First, there’s a new explanation for the temperature pause that we keep being told isn’t happening. It’s those pesky volcanoes: Over the last few years, many possible explanations have been »

Climate change: What can’t it do?

Featured image I believe the adage that nature abhors a vacuum applies to politics. Hillary Clinton has striking weaknesses as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. As she continues her death march to the Democratic nomination for president, the Democratic field lacks a plausible alternative to her. Bernie Sanders has demonstrated the market for such an alternative, but he is not the man. At this point in our history, a »

The Eight Stages of Scam

Featured image Taking note of the fact that the long-held conventional wisdom about cholesterol has been overturned, the proprietor of the wonderfully named Barrel Strength blog over in the UK offers up the “Eight Stages of Scam” as applied to climate change. This one is worth marking down: The cholesterol scam bears a strong relationship to the anthropogenic global warming scam. 1) it is propagated by scientists on a non-scientific mission. 2) »

Back to the Ice Age—Again?

Featured image Just when you think the science of climate change is all settled and comfy, along comes news from the scientific community that we may be on the brink of an imminent “mini ice age.” Haven’t we seen this movie before? How long until a sequel to the population bomb comes out, and a remake of Soylent Green? (Previous attempts to remake Soylent have fizzled, but who knows. . .) Anyway, »

Settled Science, or Selective Ignorance?

Featured image Generally speaking, when people refuse to debate it is because they are losing. That is where we are today with regard to the climate. Alarmists declare that the argument is over, and they won. This is akin to a football team that is trailing 35-0 at halftime claiming victory and refusing to come out for the second half. But the alarmists soldier on, oblivious to the ridicule they incur. The »

Soren Kierkegaard, Climatista?

Featured image Well, no, Kierkegaard thankfully died before global warming climate change began, or we’d have had tomes from him that went something like Either Coal/Or Wind, Carbon Sickness Unto Death, or Climate Fear and Trembling. But it turns out a number of climatistas are progressing from Kierkegaardian angst to total despair, and are suffering from “pre-traumatic stress disorder.” Indeed, you can’t make this up. Esquire magazine reports: Among climate activists, gloom »

It’s not easy going green: A comment

Featured image A reader who must remain deep under cover writes to comment on Kathy Kersten’s column “It’s not easy going green.” He writes: Dear Mr. Johnson As a professor in the natural sciences, I get a lot of sustainability emails – and have sometimes seen the linkage between white patriarchiality and our lack of sustainability – the technology of the other cultures was always in harmony with nature (tell it to »

Climate Then and Now

Featured image From volume 4 of Churchill’s Marlborough: His Life and Times, about the winter of 1708-9, near the culmination of the long war against Louis XIV: But there now fell upon France a new and frightful misfortune. Since the beginning of December there had been a hard and almost unbroken frost. On January 6, after a brief thaw, it set in again with a bitterness so intense that two days later »

Does Global Warming Cause Transgenderism?

Featured image Over the years it has been a familiar trope to point to examples of homosexuality in certain non-human species as a way of reinforcing the normality of it in homo sapiens, but why isn’t our Latin species name sufficient poof proof? And is “transgenderism” really an ism? Whatever. Anyway, what to make, then, of this story from the current issue of Nature magazine: Sex reversal triggers the rapid transition from »