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Climate: Better Put Some Ice on That

Featured image The climatistas have long been fond of warning us about “tipping points,” which will unleash a torrent of “perfect storms,” or some other mashup of overused clichés.  Blink, and you’ll miss them. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)  Al Gore famously predicted that we’d have an ice-free arctic by this year if we did nothing. Now one problem with letting climate clichés do your thinking for you is that there’s a very »

A Global Cooling Reminder

Featured image The Wall Street Journal‘s “Notable and Quotable” feature offers today a reminder not only of the climate “consensus” of the 1970s, but also the familiar language about the signs and wonders and the certainty of scientists about how global cooling was upon us. From Time magazine, June 24, 1974, just because: As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists »

The Climatistas Are Quaking

Featured image For the latest example of climate change fanaticism, look no further than Newsweek yesterday (how is Newsweek still a thing at all?), where we are solemnly told that . . . wait for it now . . . climate change caused the Nepal earthquake: “This effect could certainly have made the Nepal earthquake come sooner,” says Professor Roland Burgmann, of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University »

What Do Climate Skeptics Believe?

Featured image This article by Richard J. Petschauer at Watts Up With That? is an excellent short introduction to the views on climate that are held, generally, by those described as skeptics. (I prefer to call them climate realists.) You should read it all, but here are some excerpts: There are many areas where most skeptics and the “alarmists”, as they are called, agree. First is the idea of “climate sensitivity”, a »

Global Warming More Moderate Than Worst-Case Models

Featured image That’s the headline from a press release earlier this week from Duke University’s highly regarded Nicholas School of the Environment. Here’s the lede: DURHAM, N.C. – A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario »

Democrats Raise Money By Lying About the Climate

Featured image I suppose it was Earth Day that prompted a mass email on climate from the Democratic Party. What is striking about the Democrats’ fundraising pitch is its mendacity. Here it is, in pieces: I wrote a long post on the falsity of this claim here: “Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?” The key point is that “on record” means since 1880, i.e., roughly the end of the Little Ice »

Climate Science: Only True Believers Need Apply?

Featured image Almost 10 years ago one of the major figures in the “mainstream” climate science world confided off the record to me that the biggest problem at his prestige graduate department of physics was convincing first-rate students to take up climate science as their specialty field.  The best students were avoiding the subject precisely because it had become too politicized and too conformist—a career dead end.  And so the field is »

Are You a Global Warming Skeptic?

Featured image For years, various international organizations have floated schemes to reduce the world’s production of CO2 in order, supposedly, to prevent or reverse global warming. Such efforts have consistently failed, going back to the Kyoto Protocol, but alarmists and professional Greens haven’t given up, and the Obama administration wants to commit the United States to a significant reduction in CO2 output at this year’s Paris meeting. (The entire global warming enterprise »

India: Star of the East, Defender of the West?

Featured image India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is typically called “controversial” or “divisive,” which means the liberal establishment of India and internationally doesn’t like him.  I don’t know if he deserves the accolade as the “Ronald Reagan of India,” but I hear he has some reformist instincts about opening up India’s economy and fighting corruption. One thing his government has done is tell Obama and the UN to go stuff it on »

Red States and High Tides

Featured image I’m not sure who was the first to point out that income inequality is highest where liberals govern, i.e., New York City, San Francisco, LA, etc.  It’s also true of housing prices, not coincidentally.  This is only the beginning of a pattern recognition linked to liberal governance and elite opinion formation. The folks at Yale have done an extensive public opinion survey on climate change broken down by county, and »

The Traitor Tribe?

Featured image Harvard’s Laurence Tribe, you may recall, was one of the leaders of the mob that crushed Robert Bork’s 1987 Supreme Court nomination, and is one of the leading fixtures of the Left in legal academia. And one of the more remarkable documents you’ll ever read that reveals the protean constitutionalism of the Left is Tribe’s 1989 Harvard Law Review article entitled “The Curvature of Constitutional Space: What Lawyers Can Learn »

Wet Basement? Blame Global Warming!

Featured image Crazy as it sounds, that is pretty much the headline on this Minneapolis Star Tribune story: “Wet basement last year? Blame climate change.” The article is a great example of the propensity of ill-informed journalists to attribute just about everything that happens to “climate change.” The subheading reads: “Twin Cities waterproofing contractors say climate change has led to unprecedented demand for their services.” I sincerely doubt that. I am pretty »

The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam

Featured image Forget the scientific argument over climate change for the moment, or for that matter, assume that climate catastrophe is a certainty for purposes of discussion.  From the beginning the climatistas and their media cheerleaders have confined all policy discussion to one single track: suppress fossil fuels, even though no affordable, scalable substitutes for hydrocarbon energy are in sight. The practical ideas for the suppression of hydrocarbon energy have taken two »

Green Weenie of the Week Needs “Corrections”

Featured image I know it’s only the first day of the month—and April Fools’ Day (which was probably intended with goofy environmentalists in mind)—but despite stiff competition we can award a coveted Green Weenie Award already. There’s stiff competition, though. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katherine Jefferts Schori, has issued the pronouncement that ignoring climate change is a sin. Yes, come to think of it, I never hear anything about »

What Can Bristlecone Pines Tell Us About the Gulf Stream? Um, Nothing.

Featured image A recent, highly-publicized article by Stefan Rahmstorf and the notorious Michael Mann claimed that the Gulf Stream is slowing down due to global warming, with potentially significant consequences for northern Europe. Rahmstorf describes the article: Climate models have long predicted such a slowdown – both the current 5th and the previous 4th IPCC report call a slowdown in this century “very likely”, which means at least 90% probability. When emissions »

Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution?

Featured image Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a resolution in the House that is based on the premise that “women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change.” This is parody come to life: world about to end, women and minorities hit hardest! Among the horrors that climate change will give rise to, according to the resolution, is the likelihood that “food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable »

Vegans for Global Warming?

Featured image The climatistas have figured out how they’re going to win the climate change crusade: they’re going to mobilize Whole Foods customers and rile up foodies everywhere! From the Daily Mail: Climate Change Will Make Food TASTE Bad For those hoping global warming will bring more opportunities for a summer barbecue, there may be disappointment ahead – climate change is likely to make steaks and burgers far less appetising. In a »