Climate

McKibben Gets One Right!

Featured image Multiple Power Line Green Weenie Award winner Bill McKibben, who puts the “fan” in “fanatic,” is out with a new article attacking the Obama Administration for tolerating fracking. But it’s the cover note from his publicist that is giving me a smile this morning, which reveals the real culprit in this story: Bill looks at the latest studies on methane coming out of Harvard and concludes that greenhouse gas emissions »

The Upside of Trump-Sanders

Featured image This morning finds me styling at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles, after a splendid evening last night conducting a structured conversation with Paul Wolfowitz at the annual dinner of the Friends of Ronald Reagan. One of the things about having breakfast at the California Club morningafterwise is that you can read the New York Times in hard copy. So it was with mounting incredulity that I kept going »

The Obama Administration’s Idea of a Crime…

Featured image …is not, apparently, violating federal laws and regulations and State Department procedures in a manner that exposes thousands of classified documents to our enemies. No, that isn’t the sort of conduct that is likely to draw an indictment from Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice. Obama’s DOJ is more interested in trying to jail scientists who point out the rather obvious flaws in the government’s desperate effort to convince Americans that »

The Great Free Speech Issue of Our Time

Featured image Government-funded climate activists have devised fraudulent models that exist for the sole purpose of stirring up alarm about “climate change.” They have blatantly misrepresented the relationship between “climate change” and extreme weather events, which have become less common in recent years. They have deliberately propagated data they know to be wrong or misleading in order to serve their government paymaster’s political cause. When weather data have disproved their models, they »

And the Award for the Biggest Green Weenie Goes To. . .

Featured image It goes without saying that Leo Di Caprio wins the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award for his climate change screech that accompanied his Oscar win for best actor Sunday night. I guess Marlon Brando’s sidekick, Whatshername Littlefeather or something, wasn’t available. The Guardian, of all places, offers some nice details about Leo’s interest in saving the planet: Leonardo DiCaprio was a climate champion long before the actor wrapped himself in »

Is Global Warming Making It Snow?

Featured image In the early days of global warming hysteria, the alarmists understandably warned that warmer temperatures would cause, among other things, less snow. Jim Steele reminds us: [Kevin] Trenberth’s 1999 paper framing the effects of global warming on extreme precipitation declared, “With higher average temperatures in winter expected, more precipitation is likely to fall in the form of rain rather than snow, which will increase both soil moisture and run off, »

Mann-Splaining the Pause?

Featured image When it comes to climate change, I feel like Michael Corleone in Godfather III: Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. I already noted here earlier my latest rumble with some climatistas in Boulder on Monday, and today I see the news that the temperature “pause” is back on again. Last fall, conveniently just before the Paris climate summit, the government announced to great fanfare »

Thanks to Boulder Power Line Readers

Featured image So it was a fun but quick one-day visit back to Boulder, Colorado, yesterday, for a panel discussion on “Climate Change After Paris.” (Short answer: Same as before Paris.) It was a typical academic panel: five people with more or less conventional views on climate change, and—me. That’s what’s known in academia as “balanced panel.” Actually, I felt like it was barely a fair fight. For them. I won’t repeat »

A false messiah, part DII

Featured image The rise of sea levels is an important article in the creed formerly known as global warming. You may recall that our lord and master Barack Obama promised that we would remember his own rise, not as the harbinger of constitutional destruction and one-man rule, but rather as “as the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.” Thus he spake in »

How Not to Measure Temperature

Featured image Global warming alarmists purport to compute the average annual temperature over the entire surface of the Earth (most of which, of course, is ocean) to within one one-hundredth of a degree. That is, on its face, an unbelievable claim, but it becomes even more preposterous when you look at how temperatures are actually measured. A case in point comes from Anthony Watts. Watts got a communication from Dr. Mark Albright, »

Obama’s dishonest assessment of the GOP presidential race

Featured image Today at his press conference, President Obama was asked about the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. His response could hardly have been more dishonest. Echoing a favorite talking point of Hillary Clinton and the DNC, Obama asserted that Donald Trump merely expresses in “more interesting ways” the views of the GOP field as a whole. This is untrue. To my knowledge, no other Republican candidate proposes a ban on »

How Green Is Thy Planet?

Featured image Deciding which is the greatest single blunder of the climatistas is a difficult contest, because you have so much to choose from. Aside from their dreadful leading spokesspecies (Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Leo di Caprio—Green Weenies all), perhaps the stupidest move was the decision to call carbon dioxide—the compound that humans exhale to the tune of about 800 lbs per person per year—a “pollutant.” Sure, it’s »

The Great Gasbag: Sequel Coming Soon

Featured image A few weeks back in “The Great Gasbag” I took special aim at Leo do Caprio for his stereotypical Hollywood elitism and hypocrisy. And so this news made my day: Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Post-Apocalyptic Climate Change Film Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner at Appian Way Productions, Jennifer Davisson, bought the movie rights for an eco-themed, post-apocalyptic young adult novel, The Sandcastle Empire. The book, written by Kayla Olson, has not yet been published, but attracted »

Profiteers of Climate Doom

Featured image The alarmists’ predictions of global warming resulting from increased CO2 in the atmosphere have failed to come true. In scientific terms, that is the end of the story. A theory that is refuted by observation is wrong. But since billions of dollars in government money are flowing into the alarmists’ coffers, they endlessly try to make excuses for their theory’s failure, even as they cover up that failure by retroactively »

Breaking: Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Climate Plan

Featured image This is huge. The Supreme Court, by a 5 – 4 vote, has just issued a stay of Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” pending a full review of the case by a lower appeals court. ABC News reports: A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration »

A Friendly Reminder

Featured image Remember: these are the same people who say that we know everything we need to know about climate change and how to fix it, and if you disagree you’re an immoral person and should shut up or be prosecuted and jailed: Matt Ridley wrote in the London Times yesterday (behind a paywall so forget a link): The shale revolution is the dominant reason for the fall. I know columnists are »

Climate Change, the Long View

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Dr. Tim Ball puts the climate change debate into historical perspective: Recent discussion about record weather events, such as the warmest year on record, is a totally misleading and scientifically useless exercise. This is especially true when restricted to the instrumental record that covers about 25% of the globe for at most 120 years. The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years, so »