Climate

Hurricanes Came Just in the Nick of Time

Featured image It’s a good thing for the climatistas that this extraordinary hurricane season has come along to provide more signs and wonders to point to as proof that the world will be four degrees hotter a century from now unless we give over our car keys to Al Gore, because one of their previous favorite talking points—that climate change caused the Syrian civil war—has gone poof. From the University of Sussex »

Hurricane Watch

Featured image We still don’t know the exact track Hurricane Irma will take, but most forecasts have it coming close to a direct hit on Miami or nearby environs. There has been talk over the years of what a Cat 5 hurricane strike on Miami might do, mostly because the Miami area has built up so much since the last time it received a direct hit almost 90 years ago, when the »

The Texas Storm and Climate Change

Featured image I’m sure if only President Trump had kept America in the Paris Climate Accord Hurricane Harvey would have blown back out to sea or not been as severe. That’s just about how the climatistas are predictably reacting to the flooding and devastation in Houston. Once again we have Roy Spencer on the case. While the media is rushing to make “unpredecented” the most overused word in their vocabulary, Prof. Roy »

An Emetic for Gore

Featured image Ten years ago, after An Inconvenient Truth appeared, I produced my own 48-minute video lecture on what’s wrong with Al Gore’s account of the whole matter, which I called An Inconvenient Truth—Or Convenient Fiction? (It’s still up on YouTube, along with a short update I did one year later, but both are way out of date now, so I don’t especially recommend them.) I just haven’t got it in me to suffer »

Al Gore returns

Featured image Al Gore has been prophesying our imminent doom for lo, these many years. Starring Al Gore, the 2007 Davis Guggenheim documentary An Inconvenient Truth pulled down an Academy Award from the industry whose stars and executives must rank among the chief contributors to our death by anthropogenic warming. The film played perfectly into the eve of destruction mood that our arbiters of taste promote so ardently during Republican administrations. Roger »

Cut Down the Jungles!

Featured image I sometimes like to muse that nearly all the trouble and confusion of the modern era comes from the obfuscations of nomenclature. Actually I think I heard George Carlin explains this first, but it goes something like this: it used to be swamps were for draining, until we started calling them wetlands, and now they are sacred—and don’t you are even think of draining a wetland! We used to throw »

Gore: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image Almost ten years ago, not long after Al Gore’s first entry into the slasher/horror film genre (An Inconvenient Truth), I had occasion to ask a straight-shooting “mainstream” climate scientist I know slightly what he thought of Gore’s film. I was fishing to see whether he’d comment on some of the more obvious howlers that Gore included in the film, but instead after a long pause he said, “I wish he’d »

Why Global Warming Alarmism Is Wrong

Featured image Dr. Judith Curry is one of the leading realist voices in the climate science community, even though she has now moved on from what she considers a hopelessly politicized field. This 12-minute interview is a good introduction to some (by no means all) of the reasons why global warming alarmism is wrong, and why politics has badly compromised, if not completely ruined, a nascent scientific discipline. Again, this is an »

Climate Shark-Jumping Goes Past Eleven

Featured image One of my guilty pleasures is the silly Sharknado “movies,” so naturally I had to take in Sharknado 5 (“Make America Bait Again!”) on Saturday night. Seriously, just how did this movie series get green-lit by any movie production company in the first place? I’d love to hear a recording of the original pitch. “Yeah, we’re going to make a movie starring a washed-up lead from Beverly Hills 90210 where he »

The Problem with Legal Weed: Its Carbon Footprint! [with comment by Paul]

Featured image There are lots of reasons to be skeptical of our headlong rush to legalize recreational use of marijuana, especially the increased potency of marijuana products in recent years (this is not your hippie father’s weed!), to new research that it has serious effects on cognitive functions, and possible real psychological harm. But what’s the real reason people are having second thoughts about marijuana legalization? It’s not compatible with energy efficiency! »

Your Guide to Climate Paranoia

Featured image David Victor of UC San Diego, who was one of the authors of the important PNAS paper we recently highlighted that debunked the renewable power fantasies of David Jacobson, appears today in Nature with an article pointing out the farce of the Paris Climate Accord: Wishful thinking and bravado are eclipsing reality. Countries in the European Union are struggling to increase energy efficiency and renewable power to the levels that »

Climate Change Article of the Year

Featured image A couple years ago I offered here some totally heretical thoughts on why, from a long-term historical perspective, even radical climate change was not the existential threat to humanity that the Goreacles of the world constantly scream about. It was a very long post, but here are a couple of highlights: Let’s start with a question that no one ever discusses: where do human beings live on this planet? Inuits »

Today in the Annals of Stupid, Climate Edition

Featured image A group of “children” (as activist lawyers call their clients) filed a federal lawsuit a while ago claiming that a right to a stable climate should be enforced by judicial decree as a postulate of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, and the federal district court judge in Oregon (figures) denied a motion to dismiss. This lawsuit is so silly I didn’t bother to make note of it »

Environmentalists Go Off on a Bender

Featured image I’ve observed recently that the election of Trump has driven environmentalists out of their minds. But that happens to mentalists of every kind, not just the enviro-version of mentalists. For years people have asked me, “Why are environmentalists always harping about the end of the earth?” Basic answer: Because it makes them happy. Think I exaggerate? Nothing used to send environmentalists into a rage faster than when I started pointing »

Can Sea Monsters Be Far Off?

Featured image Jonah Goldberg notes in a recent column that climate change alarmism seems to have turned itself up past 11, probably because (my theory) Trump has driven them out of what little of their minds was left: One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He »

Is Global Warming Alarmism a Complete Fraud?

Featured image I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain. Like this paper by Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso, which was published last month. Its title is “On »

The G20 Hangover: The Humbug from Hamburg

Featured image Does any sentient human being actually read the complete communiques that these splashy G20 summits produce every year? I doubt it. Still, it is kind of fun to take in two paragraphs about global warming climate change that appear in the most recent declaration from the meeting in Hamburg last week.  Note the difference between these two paragraphs: We take note of the decision of the United States of America »