Why Does Obama Want to Reduce CO2 Emissions?

Featured image As his policies, foreign and domestic, are collapsing on pretty much every front, President Obama has increasingly sought refuge in talk about global warming. He wants the U.S. to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide, and the EPA has done its best to bring this about via increasingly stringent regulations on coal-fired power plants. The Democrats wanted to enact cap-and-trade, but couldn’t get it through Congress, so Obama is doing »

Today’s Climate Scandal

Featured image I’ve decided to upgrade today’s climate embarrassment to a Category 1 climate scandal.  But there’s a back story to go with it. About ten years back I organized a high level conference in Washington, with participants from Europe and Asia as well as the U.S., on the arcane subject of greenhouse gas emissions forecasting.  Forget for the moment the intricacies of computer climate modeling and temperature forecasts—what estimate do you plug »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image A reader up in the Great White North directs our attention to the fact that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are both suffering from severe flooding at the moment, which automatically sets off talk of . . . now wait for it, darn it . . . climate change!  There’s just one inconvenient problem: a careful study reported yesterday in the National Post finds that extreme precipitation events in the region are »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment [With Comments and Video By John]

Featured image For a while now we’re heard that the steadily dropping level of the Great Lakes is yet another sign of—wait for it now—global warming . . . er, climate change . . . er, climate “disruption,” or whatever we’re supposed to call it this week.  The hotlink to “Great Lakes drop” on The Warmlist has gone dead, and by the way, is there still some snow and ice in the »

The Week’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Tough competition for the most egregious embarrassment of the week for the Climatistas.  But you can add one more thing to The Warmlist’s 883 items caused by global warming climate change: the rise of ISIS in Iraq.  So says Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq? The short answer is a qualified yes . . . You know, I’m really not interested »

I’d Rather Get Advice from Pat Paulson

Featured image Henry “Hank” Paulson, President Bush’s hapless treasury secretary who undoubtedly made the panic of 2008 worse by his own public flop sweat over the collapse of Lehman Brothers (he had been known at Goldman Sachs more as a pure salesman than as an analyst or nitty-gritty dealmaker), takes to the pages of the New York Times today to draw parallels between the panic and crisis of 2008 and . . »

Non-Carbon Energy Sources Aren’t Growing

Featured image Global warming alarmists have been trying to browbeat the world into giving up carbon-based energy for several decades now. Yet, despite the war on coal that has been carried on not just here in the U.S. but in many countries, despite the endless vilification of oil as “dirty” energy, despite all of the obstacles that have been erected against development of fossil fuel resources, despite a seemingly bottomless pit of »

The war Obama believes in

Featured image In the adjacent post, I say that when your project is the “fundamental transformation” of the United States, as Obama’s is, you can’t necessarily divulge all the details. On one front of the transformation, however, Obama and his crew have been relatively forthright. They openly profess a “war on coal.” Indeed, it may be the only “war” they believe in. In the video below, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy openly professes »

Climate Mafia Chronicles

Featured image Okay, this Obama guy is really starting to annoy me.  John has already noted Obama’s risible comments about “climate deniers” in the commencement address he gave at UC Irvine the other day, and as I argued last week in the Weekly Standard, Obama and the rest of the climatistas are swatting after the thinnest of straw men, as there is virtually no one who is saying climate change doesn’t happen.  »

Richard Lindzen on Climate Hysteria

Featured image In a commencement address at UC Irvine yesterday, President Obama said that questioning the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory is like saying the Moon is made of cheese. Given that Obama’s intellectual curiosity is pretty much at the bovine level, it is possible that he even believes it. To get a better sense of what is really going on in the fierce debate between climate hysterics and climate realists, watch »

Climate Change: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Featured image Forgive a second post today on the tedious subject of global warming climate change, but the absurdities are piling up so fast that they’re clogging up my browser tabs.  As regular readers know, we often direct attention to The Warmlist of all the things attributed to climate change (currently ranging from AIDS to zoonotic diseases).  Add one more to the list: climate change is preventing alien visits to earth.  I’m. »

Some Emily Litella Moments for the Climatistas

Featured image The climatistas may need to put Emily Litella on speed dial.  Remember that West Antarctic ice sheet whose melting we were told a few weeks ago was the sure harbinger of climate change doom?  (Never mind that little detail that it would take 200-800 years to melt.)  Well, according a study out in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (read the abstract here) the »

Climate Fantasy Watch, Part 1

Featured image The unveiling of the EPA’s new climate regulations that won’t do anything for the climate is being marked as a turning point by the Climatistas, and as such we’re going to have to provide regular reality checks for this stupidity.  If these new energy-restructuring regulations (which is what they actually are) really take effect and work as advertised, they will reduce total U.S. carbon emissions by 6 percent.  This is »

Latest Outrage from the Climate Enforcers

Featured image I’ve got a long article in the works for the Weekly Standard tomorrow on the current state of the climate change madness and the EPA’s emissions proposal out on Monday that implicitly says If you like your electricity rates, you can keep your electricity rates, and I’ll pass along excerpts here when it appears.  But today it is worth taking note of an especially egregious example of the increasingly strict »

Tweet of the Day

Featured image I’m not going to get into competition with Twitchy, but this “Tweet of the Day” (in my opinion), courtesy of the awesome “WinstonCoolodge,” can’t wait for the Week in Pictures five days from now.  Plus, it references one of the greatest anti-bureaucratic movies Hollywood ever unintentionally made (alongside Tin Men).  Enjoy: »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured image I’ll be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning at 7:30 Eastern time to discuss the Obama Administration’s climate policy proposal released today and referenced here this morning.  I’ve spent much of the day trying to make sense of the 645-page “rule” and the accompanying 345-page “regulatory impact analysis.”  The whole thing is opaque (on purpose), and is a farce in many ways.  But also deeply sinister. »

Obama to Coal States: Drop Dead

Featured image Gerald Ford never said “drop dead” to New York City when it pleaded with Washington for a bailout at the nadir of its profligate liberalism back in the mid-1970s, but that didn’t stop the NY Daily News from running the famous headline.  (Ford was of course quite correct in resisting a bailout.)  I wonder if any newspaper or media organization will take the same poetic license with Obama’s new greenhouse »