Climate

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 »

Where the NEA Meets the EPA

Featured image Lots and lots of climate news right now, ahead of next week’s UN “Leaders Climate Summit” that no world leaders are attending, but there’s one story out the last few days that deserves special notice: did you know that $700,000 of your tax dollars went to subsidizing an off-Broadway musical about the evils of climate change? Yes, I know, this sounds like a plot to a lame Mel Brooks remake »

Spencer on the Case: It’s Not About the Climate

Featured image We noted here last week that a UN “Leaders Climate Summit” is getting under way in New York next week, but that no world leaders are showing up. Obama, however, is planning to turn up, though that does not falsify our conclusion that no world leaders are showing up. (Anyone want to bet there will be a fundraising event on the itinerary somewhere? The golf game is a given.) We’ve »

Is John Kerry a GOP Double-Agent? [With Comment by John]

Featured image Never mind the idea that Nancy Pelosi may be a GOP deep-cover double-agent.*  I think I’ve figured out who is operating in even deeper cover: Secretary of State John Kerry. Today in Jakarta Kerry spoke about the causes of climate change.  Here are some highlights of Kerry’s keen grasp of science: The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. . . »

Ein Klein Nichtmusik

Featured image We took early notice here a couple days ago in “Full Frontal Environmentalism” of Naomi Klein’s forthcoming book This Changes Everything. We may need to start a running series here about Klein, as the left is clearly trying to create a publishing sensation akin to Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century and Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge. (By the way, did you happen to catch that Amazon’s Kindle folks leaked the »

Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

Featured image There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of »

What If They Gave A Climate Conference and Nobody Showed Up?

Featured image We keep hearing that climate change is the worstest most serious epic crisis ever to face the United Federation of Planets the world. At least that’s what 97 percent of somebodys say. And also a former vice president and presidential candidate, who somehow forgot to tell us this during his long presidential campaign some years back. Well, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is convening a major “Leaders Climate Summit” »

Why the Hysteria About Climate Change? Follow the Money

Featured image Global warming hysteria, as we wrote yesterday, is not science. The models on which it rests are known to be wrong, since they are refuted by observation. So why, then, does climate change hype persist? Because a great deal of money depends on it. The purpose of global warming hysteria is to bamboozle voters into transferring vast amounts of wealth and power from the private sector to the government. This »

Once More: Why “Climate Change” Alarmism Is Not Science

Featured image Science is a method, not a set of dogmas. The scientific method is pretty simple: you suggest a hypothesis, calculate what facts in the real world must be true if the hypothesis is correct, and then check the hypothesis against reality. If the hypothesis implies false propositions of fact, it is wrong. Case closed. Climate alarmists stand the scientific method on its head. When their theories, as expressed in climate »

Coming Soon to Climate Change: The “Rewind” Button?

Featured image As is well known—except to readers of the major media, which means most of the public—someone hit the “pause” button on global warming about 15 years back. We’ve covered some of the theories behind the pause several times here on Power Line (this post is the most recent, with links to the previous installments), including the leading theory that the “missing heat” is not missing at all, but is going »

Green Weenies for Third Graders?

Featured image Can we award one of our coveted Green Weenies to a bunch of third graders, or would that be bullying? We really do try to restrain ourselves from beating up on the Climatistas every day, because they just make it so easy with their relentless hysteria and McCarthyite antics. But when the Climatistas reach a whole new level of absurdity, we just can’t let it pass. There’s a brand new »

More Climate Change Awesomeness

Featured image What caused the recent outbreak of ebola? Would you believe—why of course you would, it’s flippin’ obvious isn’t it? Climate change! Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists have warned, as the deadly disease ravages four countries across West Africa. . . Some scientists believe global warming—and the subsequent increase in extreme weather—could be a factor behind in the virus’s ascendance. Well that just settles it »

Science According to Steyer

Featured image Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer reportedly is having trouble persuading fellow lefties to join his $100 million campaign to elect Democrats in November. Steyer is soldiering on, nevertheless, in large part through his organization NextGen Climate. In New Hampshire, NextGen is running anti-Scott Brown ads. Politico reports: NextGen Climate, Tom Steyer’s environmental group, is going up with its first New Hampshire ad today, tying Scott Brown to the Koch Brothers and »

Is “Climate Change” Causing the Western Drought?

Featured image Much of California, and other areas in the West, are enduring a severe drought. In February, President Obama decreed that the drought is the product of man-made “climate change.” This is a good example of a proposition that should be self-evident, but is generally ignored: you can’t talk intelligently about climate change unless you know something about climate history. Which, not surprisingly, Barack Obama doesn’t. The reality is that California »