Climate

Climate: “Trust, But Not Verify”

Featured image The Paris climate summit is following the predictable script, with reports today of a “deadlock” between developed and developing nations. Obama and John Kerry are said to be leaning heavily on India to relent in its opposition to monitoring emissions targets. Meanwhile, if you have a spare half hour, Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation sat down with Reason’s Ron Bailey, who is attending his 12th UN climate »

Today’s Climate Follies

Featured image There’s just so much happening on the climate change front these days—quite aside from the Paris summit—that it is almost impossible to keep up. And how I would like to have been in Washington, DC yesterday to take in the climate change hearing Sen. Ted Cruz convened with a witness list that included Dr. Judith Curry (whom I have wrongly neglected reporting on here at Power Line chiefly because her »

Newest Climate Threat: Legal Pot!

Featured image Turns out cultivating marijuana in non-tropical or temperate climates is very energy intensive. From the Durango (CO) Herald: Cannabis Growers Pressure the Grid Utilities and grid operators worry about the impacts that energy-hogging marijuana will bring to their grids, and are excited about the profits they’ll bring to their bottom line. The issue is pressing enough that it got its own session – “The Straight Dope on Energy & the »

Paris Climate Week in Pictures

Featured image News out of Paris is that a draft climate agreement has been reached, but I haven’t had a chance to chase down the text yet. I’ll be watching for the fine print about whether the proposed climate aid fund, supposedly $100 billion a year in wealth transfers starting in 2020, actually takes shape in a semi-serious way, and whether an “International Tribunal of Climate Justice” gets traction in some form. »

Terrorism vs. Sea Level: For Our President, It’s No Contest

Featured image This morning, our anti-science president explained to CBS why global warming is a bigger threat than terrorism: What I mean by that is that we’re going to get ISIL. They will be defeated. There will be ongoing efforts to disrupt the world order from terrorists, from rogue states, from, you know, cyber attacks. There’s always some bad people out there trying to do bad things and we have to be »

Does Income Inequality Cause Climate Change—Or vice Versa?

Featured image We all know that climate change is responsible for the rise of ISIS and Islamic terrorism generally. So says Prince Charles, and he’s a prince after all. Also Bernie Sanders, who merely wants to be princely with your money. But wait—every lefty’s favorite economist, Thomas Piketty, has a different theory: Middle Eastern terrorism is caused by . . . wait for it now . . . income inequality! The new »

Save the planet…from Barack Obama

Featured image Watching Barack Obama in action at the Paris conference on the phenomenon formerly known as global warming, I have a thought about saving the planet. The planet must be saved from Barack Obama. The man has done enormous damage. We will be living with the consequences for a long time. Living, if we are lucky and if the next president undoes some of the damage he has done. The man »

The Walrus and the New York Times

Featured image As part of its cheerleading for the U.N. climate convention in Paris, the New York Times is running a series on What Climate Change Looks Like. First up are the walruses: This week, we’re featuring images that show how global warming has already impacted the world. Packed shoulder to shoulder, an estimated 35,000 Pacific walruses congregated on Alaska’s northwest coast near Point Lay last fall. Normally the mammals find ocean »

The Paris Climate Hoax: The World’s Worst Potluck Dinner

Featured image I don’t quite agree with John that man-made climate change is a hoax; I merely think it is vastly overestimated like every other environmental scare of the last 50 years, and that like all the others before it (the population bomb, resource scarcity, global cooling, the ozone layer, acid rain, the energy crisis, the Beepocalypse, Al Gore’s swelling waistline, etc., etc.), it is being used by the left for their »

Climatista Drama In Paris, Illustrated

Featured image Steve wrote here about the drama that inevitably plays out at UN global climate conferences: I’m not sure what’s going to be more fun over the next 10 days—watching John “Long Face” Kerry prattle on, or reading the predictable stories in the media about how the conference is “deadlocked,” “going into overtime,” and announcing, at the 11th hour, a “breakthrough!” that will save the planet—at least until we can all »

Don’t You Just Hayden When This Happens?

Featured image I’ve employed here the term “climatista” to refer to the thermageddonites because of their Stalinist-like zeal and fanaticism about the issue, which has done more to discredit serious consideration of both climate risk and climate policy than anything the so-called “skeptics” or “deniers” could ever hope to do. But once and a while a real climatista—that is, a direct heir to the Sandinista sympathizers of the 1980s—shows up for duty. »

Climate Media Watch

Featured image I’m not sure what’s going to be more fun over the next 10 days—watching John “Long Face” Kerry prattle on, or reading the predictable stories in the media about how the conference is “deadlocked,” “going into overtime,” and announcing, at the 11th hour, a “breakthrough!” that will save the planet—at least until we can all meet again next year to repeat the farce. But above all I think we’ll need »

18,000 Years of Climate and Civilization

Featured image Petrophysicist Andy May has prepared a poster-sized chart that shows the current state of knowledge about the Earth’s climate over the last 18,000 years, along with a history of human civilization during that time. You could spend a long time studying the chart, which tells you most of what you need to know to understand why climate alarmism, as currently manifested in the Paris conclave, is–scientifically speaking–a joke. You also »

Climatistas: We’ll Always Have Paris

Featured image We’ll be doing wall-to-wall coverage of the off-the-wall climate talks in Paris this week, but I can hardly do better in setting this up than to recall some of the testimony I presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee back in 2011. Here are a couple of excerpts: I will begin with my contentious conclusion, which is that the international diplomacy of climate change is the most implausible and unpromising »

The Strong Over the Weak

Featured image According to diplomatic legend, when the French diplomat Talleyrand heard that the Turkish ambassador to the Congress of Vienna had died, he asked, “I wonder what he meant by that?” Alternative versions attribute this to Metternich, with the slightly different rendering: “I wonder what his motive was?” With the greatest climate conference peace conference since the Congress of Vienna getting under way in Paris tomorrow, it is worth noting the »

Climate Change, the Greatest Issue of the 21st Century

Featured image Yeah, right. With the latest U.N. confab scheduled to begin in Paris on Monday, global warming hysteria is being hyped by governments around the world. Reality, though, tends to intrude, as it did in Paris just a week or two ago. Between bullets and bombs on one hand, and the theoretical prospect of a one degree increase in average world temperatures on the other, which would bring us closer to »

The New Yorker Becomes The Onion

Featured image Oh, good grief. The New Yorker is trying to give the New York Times a run for its money as the most pathetic attempt to put The Onion out of business: Why a Climate Deal Is the Best Hope for Peace By Jason Box and Naomi Klein . . . The connection between warming temperatures and the cycle of Syrian violence is, by now, uncontroversial. As Secretary of State John Kerry said »