Climate

Energy Flotsam and Jetsam

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal story about the production difficulties of the Arizona supplier that Apple selected to make sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was fascinating in its own right, but there was one little detail in the story that zipped by too quickly: Mr. Squiller, the GT operations chief, told the bankruptcy court that GT lost three months of production to power outages and delays building the facility. Whoa, »

Teach liberals not to hate

Featured image Glenn Reynolds has been having a field day at InstaPundit with his “Teach women not to rape” series. Why should Glenn have all the fun? It occurs to me that the devotees of the philosophy of kindness deserve a comparable series calling on them not to hate: to learn or relearn civility. I know, I know. Mission: impossible. Hate has somehow become the motive force of the purported devotees of »

Interstellar and the Climate-Culture War

Featured image Although I am a sucker for high concept sci-fi movies (I actually made my mother take me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at Grauman’s Chinese Theater the Cinerama* in Hollywood when I was just 10 years old—I think I understood it better then than I do now), I haven’t seen Interstellar yet, so there won’t be any spoilers in this post. Instead, I’m spoiling for a fight about how the »

It Was George W. Bush Who Slowed the Rise of the Oceans

Featured image One of Barack Obama’s most notorious flights of hubris was his proclamation that his nomination was “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.” I have always understood how silly this was: the oceans have been rising for around 12,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age. The rise was rapid during the first few millennia, then tapered off to where it has continued at »

Hallelujah! Climate Salvation in Our Time!

Featured image The New York Times lead editorial today is headlined “A Major Breakthrough on Climate Change.” Naturally I was looking forward to the news that someone had at last developed a low- or non-carbon source of cheap energy that is quickly scalable for the whole world. What might this innovative breakthrough be? Algae-biofuels? The long-promised fusion breakthrough? A Back-to-the-Future style banana-peel powered DeLorean? No: the New York Times is heralding . »

We’re Saved: Dr. No Signs a Climate Agreement!

Featured image I still can’t get over the “Dr. No” attire of the APEC summit meeting, though it does fit Obama in a certain way. In any case, I’m enjoying the spectacle of Obama and his acolytes celebrating the piece of paper Obama has signed with the Chinese dictator assuring us climate peace in our time. Even Reuters can see through it: Nov 12 (Reuters) – The joint statement by the United »

Chill of An Early Winter

Featured image At Watts Up With That, Christopher Monckton highlights the astonishingly partisan dimension, in the U.S., of the global warming controversy: One of the most interesting statistics from the recent mid-terms was the New York Times’ exit poll, showing that more than two-thirds of “Democrat” voters thought climate change was a serious problem. Five-sixths of Republicans didn’t. That’s really stark. I wonder whether any other issue would fall along equally partisan »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

Featured image How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Here’s a sample of the comic fare from the actual event, from Seth Meyers: “Let’s »

Steyer, Steyer, Pants on Fire

Featured image Tom Steyer is delusional. Or living in a parallel universe where Al Gore is emperor. Probably comes with hanging out with Nancy Pelosi in Pacific Heights too much. He tells the San Jose Mercury News that “I feel as if we did better than we expected.” The story adds: Steyer and his camp stress that they have created an infrastructure — which includes identifying 250.000 “climate voters” — for the »

Climate Change? An Issue for Losers

Featured image Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn’t enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor’s mansion in Tuesday’s toughest races. The billionaire’s super PAC and other green groups »

Does Cloud Cover Explain Recent Temperature Trends?

Featured image Climate science is in its infancy, and much of what drives the Earth’s climate is understood poorly if at all. It is clear, however, that clouds have a significant impact on temperatures. A recent paper by Australian physicist John McLean suggests that cloud cover, combined with the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, explains temperature trends from 1950 to the present. Anthony Watts summarizes the paper’s findings: Key points of the paper: * »

A 97 Percent Footnote

Featured image Pointing out the fraudulence and superficiality of the climatistas “97 percent!” campfire slogan is a tedious business, but someone has to do it. (My most complete analysis of it is here.) The distinguished climate economist Richard Tol has been all over the original Cook paper, and has a fresh takedown up on his website right now. If you’re not familiar with Tol, he is one of the pre-eminent economists in »

Who’s The Warmest of Them All?

Featured image The climatistas are already wetting their pants with the news that 2014 is supposedly on track to be the warmest year evah! The AP’s environmental “reporter” Seth Borenstein (who is really just an environmental activist with a byline, like most environmental “reporters”*) has told us so. Not so fast, says Dr. Roy Spencer, who is, as you may recall, one of the inventors of the NASA satellite systems that give »

I Am the Walrus—Not!

Featured image John has already done a good debunking three weeks ago about the latest climate hysterics over walruses stranding themselves on the beach instead of planting themselves on ice floes, but in case you missed it or would like another helping, our friends at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in Britain have released this three-minute video that calmly shows how the climatistas once again ran away with unfounded claims merely to »

Why Climate Negotiations Are Like Arms Control

Featured image News out of Europe yesterday is that the EU has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, calling for a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2030. But the announcement was larded with lots of talk of “flexibility” and contains so many contradictory elements that it is clear this is not serious. My favorite condition is this one: A 27% renewable energy target that is binding »

Happer on the Hapless Climatistas

Featured image The Puffington Host is up this afternoon with the headline “Another Month, Another Heat Record Broken.”  Get ready for whoops of celebration from the 97 percent: we’re back in business!  The “pause” is over!  Hand over your car keys! While we await the familiar refrain, you might want to take in the presentation below from Will Happer, given last week at the George Marshall Institute in Washington.  Who is Happer? »