Climate

Oenophiles Can Stop Climate Whining

Featured image Two years ago in the estimable City Journal I wrote a short article about the stupidity of the climatistas worrying about how the world’s premier wine regions would be ruined by You Know What. Among other observations, I argued: Might a significantly warmer climate nonetheless make it too hot for grapes in some areas? Even if the climate models turn out to be generally correct (a bad bet at the »

Finally—An Explanation for Al Gore

Featured image The climatistas—or at least Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress—are all abuzz about a brand new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health that finds elevated levels of CO2 make us stupider. Finally—an explanation for Al Gore! Anyone who exhales as much hot air as he does is certain to damage his own brain cells. The study is actually focused on establishing the superiority of “sustainable” »

Climate: Throwing Uncertainty for a Loop?

Featured image Climate realists are routinely charged with bad faith or worse for pointing to uncertainties in climate science, and especially the computer climate models on which predictions of future warming are based. Right now I’m picking myself up off the floor over a piece on Vox.com a few days ago by David Roberts about climate modeling uncertainty “loops.” Floored—because Roberts is a deep green climatista who coined the term “climate hawks” »

Severe Hurricane Fizzles, Climatistas Hardest Hit

Featured image Last week when we heard the news that Hurricane Patricia in the eastern Pacific clocked the highest recorded windspeed evah for a Pacific hurricane, and was headed for the Mexican coast, you could hear the climatistas spinning up their mimeograph machines for the refrain about climate change and extreme weather. Just as palpable is the sense of disappointment at this news, as reported today in the Los Angeles Times: The »

The Only Global Warming Chart You Need from Now On

Featured image When I make charts and graphs, I generally make it a practice to scale the vertical axis of a chart from zero (0) to the upper bound of the range. Compressing a chart’s vertical axis can be grossly misleading. For example, the usual chart the climatistas display of ambient atmospheric carbon dioxide levels looks like this: Oooh—that looks scary! Look how fast CO2 is rising! We’re galloping toward the all-important »

A Modest Proposal From Glenn Reynolds

Featured image Glenn Reynolds’ current USA Today column offers a brilliant solution to a non-existent problem. The alleged problem is that America’s coastal cities will be largely under water by the end of the century, due to global warming. What’s more, the authors of that prediction say it is too late to do anything about it. Don’t worry; it isn’t going to happen. Sea level has been rising since the end of »

Epic Greenfail All Around

Featured image First up, the Los Angeles Times says Gov. Jerry Brown is all wet with his claims that climate change is responsible for California’s drought and high number of fires this summer: Gov. Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say By Paige St. John The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a »

This Might Really Suck the Air Out of the Room

Featured image Assume for the purposes of discussion that catastrophic global warming from human CO2 emissions can be reliably predicted. Here’s a thought: since we know trees sequester carbon (but couldn’t be planted on a scale large enough to mitigate 30 billion tons of annual CO2 emissions), why not go one step further and investigate whether there might be technologies that would remove carbon dioxide from the air? The idea is called »

Perpetual Green Weenie Awarded

Featured image The monotonous but always tedious Bill McKibben, chief pooh bah of the climatistas who thinks he knows the exact amount of carbon dioxide that should be in the atmosphere (350 parts per million, in case you’re wondering) has won a Green Weenie Lifetime Achievement Award with his latest stunt: Protesting a gasoline pump at an Exxon station in Vermont: If McKibben’s goal was to block cars from filling up their »

Do Liberals Notice That Their Goals Are Contradictory?

Featured image At National Review, Reihan Salam makes an important point, briefly and eloquently: If I had to identify the two issues that left-of-center American intellectuals care about most, I’d probably choose rising economic inequality in the United States and the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change. But the left–not the Democrats’ rank and file voters, but virtually all Democratic politicians and pundits–also favor major increases in immigration. Does that make any »

Climate Change Democracy Deniers

Featured image Back in 2009 I wrote in the Claremont Review of Books about the anti-democratic (that is, tyrannical) impulses of the climate change fanatics, noting the following examples: A year ago a senior fellow emeritus at Britain’s Policy Studies Institute, Mayer Hillman, author of How We Can Save the Planet, told a reporter, “When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the »

Three Cheers for Carbon Dioxide

Featured image Carbon dioxide is plant food, one of the basic necessities for almost all life on Earth. That enviros have tried to turn CO2 into a bogeyman verges on the bizarre. In fact, increasing levels of CO2 have already been of great benefit to plants and humans. This paper by Indur Goklany and the Global Warming Policy Foundation is an excellent corrective to warmist hysteria: Carbon dioxide fertilises plants, and emissions »

It ain’t me, babe

Featured image Last night 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Obama conducted by Steve Kroft. The interview ran over two segments. Videos and transcript are posted here. In the first half of the interview Kroft asked about foreign policy. The questions were critical and the atmosphere was tense. Obama was not pleased. Obama yammered in his accustomed style. Kroft interrupted to note that he felt like he was being filibustered. Again, »

India to Climatistas: Show Us The Money!

Featured image A few days ago I noted that India has suggested it might go along with the UN’s climate nonsense—if the developed world will cough up $2.4 trillion in foreign aid. (Previously the climate community had spoken of aid in the range of $200—$300 billion for all of the developing world.) Well, the first draft of a prospective climate treaty agreement was released earlier this week, and there’s nothing specific in »

Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured image Further to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

Joy of cooking

Featured image The video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

India’s Climate Change Bill: $2.5 Trillion

Featured image There are high expectations for the next UN climate summit taking place in Paris in late November and early December. Obama is determined to get a “binding” international treaty to succeed the failed Kyoto Protocol. One of the major sticking points all along has been the reluctance of developing nations, especially China and India, to commit to significant emissions reductions which would reduce their economic growth. So China, India, and »