Climate

The Al Gore Effect Comes to Minnesota

Featured image I got excited when I heard that all across the country, activists would be “marching for science” today. Promoting, no doubt, information about X and Y chromosomes and the fact that–scientifically speaking–there are only two genders. Just kidding. Actually, the March For Science “movement”–it gives off a strong odor of Astroturf–covers a broad range of left-wing talking points. But first among them is global warming. When the organizers of the »

News: Return to Boulder

Featured image For all of you Rocky Mountain/greater Denver readers, I am doing my Douglas MacArthur act and returning to the University of Colorado at Boulder next Monday, April 9, for one day only, participating once again in the University’s annual Conference on World Affairs, where I’ll once again torment Boulder liberals by praising their environmental “greenbelt” around the town for making the conservative quarantine so much easier to enforce. You can »

Global Warming! Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune is currently featuring a “climate change” story on the problems Minnesotans are experiencing with frozen pipes in their septic systems. What causes this epidemic of frozen pipes? Global warming, of course: “Climate change in Minnesota creates septic tank headaches.” Frozen septic systems are emerging as an unexpected consequence of climate change in Minnesota — one that is bedeviling homeowners across the state and could soon cost »

Anti-Semitic and dumb as a rock, Part Two

Featured image Trayon White is the D.C. Council member who explained that Jewish financiers control the climate and create natural disasters to gain political control. As I noted here, local Jewish leaders quickly forgave White and expressed their desire to work with him. Now, with Passover approaching, White is receiving invitations to multiple Seders. White accepted one of them. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to have White attend a Seder, »

Anti-semitic and dumb as a rock

Featured image Trayon White is a member of the District of Columbia’s city council. He represents Ward 8, the poorest of the D.C.’s jurisdictions. For years, it elected Marion Barry to the council. Recently, White opined on Facebook that Jewish financiers control the climate. In his view, a mild snowfall in the District was an instance of “climate control” by the Rothschilds who “create natural disasters they can pay for to own »

Shocker: Many nations are breaking Paris accord promises

Featured image My views on climate change deviate somewhat from those of John and Steve who, to be fair, know more about the subject than I do. So I might have favored remaining in the Paris Accord if I thought the rest of the world would comply with the promises made therein. However, I had no such confidence. It seemed to me that only a fool would. Now we learn that in »

Green Weenie of the Week: Madam Hillary

Featured image No sooner do I throw up my hands in despair of finding new and plausible winners of Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award (we don’t give these out to just anybody, you know: there’s a rigorous review committee) than we get an obvious winner: Madam Hillary herself. You know the old joke about how the liberal media would cover the end of the world: “World To End Tomorrow: Women and »

Green Wee. . . Oh Forget It, I Give Up

Featured image Back in the 1960s, when Ronald Reagan spotted a bedraggled hippie protester with the sign saying “Make love, not war,” the Gipper quipped that from the looks of them, they weren’t capable of doing much of either. Today I think he’d say this about the climatistas. Yesterday the New York Times reported on the latest intramural controversy among the climatistas: whether they should reproduce. Now personally I can think of no »

More Faking of the Surface Temperature Record

Featured image We have written many times about the fact that the Earth’s surface temperature record has been so badly corrupted that it is impossible to say whether claims like “2017 was the third-warmest year since thermometers became common in the late 19th century” are true. Temperature records are under the control of agencies like NOAA, which in turn are run by people whose careers are heavily invested in the catastrophic anthropogenic »

Climatistas Hedge Their Bets

Featured image Most everyone who still bothers to follow the climate change cabal knows that 2016 was the second-warmest year in the modern temperature record, but occurred during a strong El Nino year, which has always driven temperature spikes in the past, especially 1998, the previous big El Nino year and the previous warmest year in the record. (Need I remind everyone that the temperature record we’re using for these claims goes »

Climate: Cancel the Boiling Oceans

Featured image Another week, another anomalous climate science finding in a mainstream journal. One of the major suppositions of climate science is that a lot of the CO2 going into the atmosphere—and the temperature increase that is supposed to be coming with it—is going missing in the oceans. Taking the temperature of the entire ocean is just as difficult, and maybe more difficult, than taking the air temperature for the entire planet, »

Cloudy Outlook for Climate Models

Featured image Anyone who tries to keep up with climate science will know that the biggest question mark concerns the most important aspect of forecasting future warming—the computer climate models. And if you are a glutton for punishment and read (as I do) the chapters on climate models in the periodic reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change you will know that the single biggest problem for climate models is understanding »

Climate Change: California Hypocrisy Turned up to 11

Featured image Readers may be vaguely aware that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and two other AGs filed suit again ExxonMobil alleging that “they knew” about climate change decades ago, but have been practicing “deception” ever since. These lawsuits all came with subpoena demands for thousands of pages of documents, no doubt hoping to turn up . . . what exactly? This is a transparent attempt to turn policy disagreements into »

“Drive Fast, Freeze a Yankee!”

Featured image It is now well understood that the “energy crisis” of the 1970s was entirely the product of bad government policy. If you need a primer on this point, see Peter Grossman’s fine book from Cambridge University Press, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure. Federal price and allocation controls meant that disruptions in the oil market by OPEC were magnified here at home, with the result being artificial shortages. Everyone »

Green Weenie of the Week: Weather Disaster Forecasting

Featured image E&E News reports a significant step forward in climate change and weather event attribution today: Researchers can now blame warming for individual disasters Actually the story rambles on a long long time without ever delivering a specific breakthrough as implied in the headline. Instead you get mush like this: And as the science continues to mature, it may have ramifications for society. Legal experts suggest that attribution studies could play »

Cold Snap

Featured image We spent the weekend in my home town in South Dakota, visiting my 96-year-old father. This is what greeted us yesterday morning: Now, that’s cold! It was cold across much of the U.S., leading President Trump to tweet this on Thursday: In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, »

The CIA on Climate Change

Featured image Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado notes that the State Department now has a searchable online database of historic documents, and Roger decided to see what a search for “climate change” would cough up. The very first thing is a CIA assessment from August 1974 on the dire consequences of . . . global cooling. Guess what? The world was going to come to an end! We were »