Climate

Why Did Agriculture “Arise”?

Featured image Narratives of human history conventionally say that agriculture “arose” around 13,000 years ago. But why? At Watts Up With That, Susan Corwin suggests a plausible explanation: Because it would work as CO2 became plentiful! All the academic articles say: “and then agriculture happened”. The “accepted wisdom”/consensus is: …here was no single factor, or combination of factors, that led people to take up farming in different parts of the world. But »

4,000 Years of Climate In One Chart

Featured image From Andy May at Watts Up With That, a fascinating chart that plots estimated global mean temperatures along with historical events over the last 4,000 years. Most of the time line is based on ice cores, while the most recent temperatures are from the HadCRUT (probably inflated) database. There are explanation and commentary at the link, but for now, the chart. Click to enlarge: As has been noted many times, »

Great News for Fracking! California’s Last Nuke to Close

Featured image No sooner do some environmentalists (see item 2 of this Loose Ends post) decide that nuclear power is important and should be expanded then the news comes out this morning that Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in 2025 when its current federal license is up. This is great news for natural gas, because despite what the climatistas (and »

Loose Ends (7)

Featured image • The Wall Street Journal this morning beat me to an idea that I was planning to roll out here: if various Gorebot attorney generals can bring a supposed fraud suit against ExxonMobil, why can’t I bring a fraud suit against Al Gore and the climatistas whose political campaigning intends to depress the market values of hydrocarbon companies and boost the stocks of solar and wind power companies? That’s the »

Dear AG Healey (Rated R for language)

Featured image I can’t say that this is how all overreaching government authorities should be answered, but it does set an inspirational example. At the Daily Caller Michael Bastach explains: Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday. Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents, including information pertaining to the company’s dealings with about a dozen think tanks »

New Cloud Studies Are Another Blow to Climate Extremism

Featured image Climate science is in its infancy, and just about every proposition is controversial. The idea that climate science is in any non-trivial sense settled is ridiculous. One area where this is obvious is clouds. Clouds play a huge role in the Earth’s climate, but the dynamics surrounding the various types of clouds are simply not understood. When climate scientists developed the models on which all global warming alarmism is based, »

PC Scourge of the Week: Sexist Weather! [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image This is one of those days where parody and satire are impossible. From the Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, »

Major Setback for the Climatistas

Featured image I’ve lost count of the number of recent papers in peer-reviewed science journals that conclude that climate sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions is overstated. (Here’s the summary and abstract of the most recent one I have seen.) There are three new studies bearing on the issue that even Science magazine, which reported them this week, can’t help but note cast doubt on the high-end alarmist predictions. Some background: Up to »

Environmental Gore, 10 Years Later

Featured image I know I’ve already drawn your attention to the 10th anniversary of Al Gore’s blockbuster world-changing film, An Inconvenient Truth, and done my best to help you contain your excitement. But, my, where does the time go, huh? But Gore is out this week saying the film “understated” the seriousness of global warming, but that there’s good news! “But on the positive side, solutions are now being developed so quickly that »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Portland School Board

Featured image The school board of Portland, Oregon, has passed a resolution banning any books that express any skepticism about climate change alarmism: The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame. It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes »

Does an Accurate Climate Model Exist?

Featured image Global warming alarmism is predicated not on observation and empiricism, but on models and religious faith. The problem is that the models have now been around long enough to be either confirmed or falsified, and they are refuted by observation. The alarmists have tried to blur this fact by surreptitiously changing land temperature records to make the past look cooler and the present warmer, but this is at best a »

How Come No Climate Love for Me?

Featured image I’m behind in following up on the Federal RICO investigation of climate skepticism, and only this weekend finally got round to reading the subpoena that the Department of Justice has sent to ExxonMobil by way of the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands. And I must say I am disappointed. There’s a long list of climate criminals, most of them friends or acquaintances of mine, whose communications to and »

Gore, Ten Years Later

Featured image Hey, kids—did you realize it’s the tenth anniversary of Al Gore’s Academy Award and Nobel Prize winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth? Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller has gone back and checked on some of Gore’s near-term predictions and found—spoiler alert!—that lots of them look pretty silly now: One of the first glaring claims Gore makes is about Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. He claims Africa’s tallest peak will be snow-free »

A conspiracy so intense, cont’d

Featured image Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time. Glenn Reynolds named names in his USA Today column “Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.” Glenn identified U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as co-conspirators. Glenn laid out the »

Live from Omaha, it’s Warren and Charlie

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley follows up on his report on the appearance of James Hansen to support his proposal at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. Dave reports: The climate change resolution put forth by Dr. James Hansen was defeated but it gathered slightly more than ten percent of the vote. In other business, Warren Buffett discussed the $3.6 billion capital investment MidAmerican Energy is making in windmills. His business »

Live from Omaha, it’s James Hansen

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley is our faithful Omaha correspondent. Dave reports: Friday night in a crowd of 500 to 700 people at Creighton University it appeared that I was not only the only conservative, I was also the only person who was thinking clearly and critically. One of global warming’s oldest and most revered leaders, Dr. James Hansen, spoke prior to his protest at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting on »

Not Funny and Die Anyway

Featured image How can you tell the climatistas are getting desperate? When they enlist the “Funny or Die” folks to do this pathetic attempt at reverse psychology entitled “Old people don’t care about climate change”: You know what people really don’t care about? Ed Asner’s opinion about anything. Funny or Die used to be funny. Too bad this had to happen to them. (Actually I didn’t know Cloris Leachman was still alive. »