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 »

Recycling Garbage

Featured image Over in the New York Times today, John Tierney revisits recycling, an update on a NY Times Magazine piece he wrote in 1996 (“Recycling is Garbage“) criticizing recycling that generated record hate mail from readers. His update argues persuasively that nothing much has changed since then: [In 1996] I presented plenty of evidence that recycling was costly and ineffectual, but its defenders said that it was unfair to rush to judgment. Noting »

Green Energy Failure of the Week

Featured image Anyone remember the radon scare of the late 1970s and early 1980s? One of the typically perverse outcomes of that era was the finding that insulating houses actually increased radon levels in homes because it reduced ventilation. Of course, as so often is the case, we later recognized that the radon hazard was way overblown—even the New York Times figured this out by the late 1980s. Another “I-told-you-so” moments for »

Holy Fahrvergnugen!

Featured image News is breaking this morning that Volkswagen’s tampering of emission control software is much larger than the 500,000 or so diesel models reported over the weekend: the true number may be as high as 11 million VWs. Yesterday a spokesperson for the EPA said that VW could be liable for fines as much as $37,000 per vehicle, or $18 billion for the 500,000 or so models then reported to be »

Where Black Lives Actually Matter

Featured image I warned back in July that the likely overreaction to the killing of Cecil the Lion would result in lower protection for the endangered charismatic megafauna celebrated on WWF bumper stickers everywhere, and lo and behold the New York Times reports this morning on the latest unintended consequence of good intentions. Who could have seen this coming? A Hunting Ban Sap’s a Village’s Livelihood SANKUYO, Botswana — Lions have been »

Wednesday in the Big Apple

Featured image For any Power Line readers in the New York City area, I’ll be giving a public lecture at St. Francis College next Wednesday September 16 at 6 pm, on the subject “Is ‘Conservative Environmentalist’ an Oxymoron?” The lecture will be held at the Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture, and Education, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY, 11201. Do please come and join the crowd, which I’m guessing will include a »

Annals of EPA Incompetence

Featured image Speaking of Green Weenies, the EPA has released three minutes of video from the contractor who caused the King Mine blowout, and you can hear the contractors wonder “What do we do now?” and “is he going to close it out?” No, they didn’t close it out. »

EPA: Do As We Say, Not As We Do!

Featured image The Animas River spill has shone a spotlight on ineptitude at the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA allowed three million gallons of toxic water to spill into the Animas, causing enormous pollution problems for those downstream. A Congressional investigation has revealed that EPA staff had failed to accurately gauge the water pressure within the mine they were cleaning up, “thus increasing the chances for a ‘blowout’ like the one that »

Could the U.S. Meet Its Electricity Needs With Solar Energy?

Featured image The basic “green” project is to replace our current fossil fuel and nuclear power plants with a combination of solar and wind energy. The cost consequences of making this transition to less efficient forms of energy are almost inconceivable, but putting cost to one side, is it even possible? At Watts Up With That?, Tom Tamarkin and Barrie Lawson have authored one of the more entertaining scientific articles I have »

The Left’s Plot to Impoverish America’s Middle Class and Enrich Left-Wing Billionaires

Featured image That is actually a fair summary of this report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. I have not yet had time to study the document, but will report on it more fully in due course. In the meantime, Anthony Watts writes: Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a 501 (c) (3) watchdog group, released an investigative report, Private Interests & Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White »

EPA Had Warning of Gold King Mine Disaster

Featured image We have written about the EPA’s Gold King Mine environmental disaster here, here and here. The EPA and its contractor negligently spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum into the Animas River. It is the kind of incident that, if it had been caused by a private company instead of a government agency, likely would have led to criminal charges: In the aftermath »

The EPA Does It Again

Featured image Actually, they did it five months ago. But it has gotten hardly any publicity. Maybe in the wake of the EPA’s Gold King Mine disaster, people will pay attention to what the agency did in Greensboro, Georgia: In Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. … The sediment flows carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and »

The Gold King Mine Fiasco: What It Tells Us About the EPA

Featured image We have written here and here about the EPA-caused spill of three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. Private companies that have caused environmental disasters of that magnitude (or much less) have been criminally prosecuted; in some cases, individuals have been jailed. Will the EPA face similar accountability? Just kidding. At Watts Up With That?, Paul Driessen has an excellent update on the Gold King »

Alan Carlin’s “Environmentalism Gone Mad”

Featured image Four years ago I reported here on the case of Alan Carlin, the 38-year career employee of the EPA who was being silenced because of his dissenting views on climate change. The EPA suppressed Carlin’s research into the weaknesses of the EPA’s “findings” on climate change science, and ordered Carlin to cease any further work on the subject. For a long time I have pondered the idea of trying to »

EPA Is “Upset” About Three Million Gallon Animas River Spill

Featured image We wrote here and here about the Environmental Protection Agency’s colossal, three million gallon spill of mining waste containing lead, arsenic and other toxic substances into the Animas River in Colorado. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the agency is very sorry: “We want to reassure everyone that the EPA does take full responsibility for the spill,” which took place at the long-closed mine north of Durango, she said. “No agency »

EPA Says: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Featured image Steve wrote here about the Environmental Protection Agency’s accidental release of mining waste containing arsenic and lead into the Animas River in Colorado. The spill is a disaster of the first magnitude, as the river has been turned a bright, toxic orange: The EPA is sorry about the spill. Administrator Gina McCarthy says the spill is “really a tragic and very unfortunate incident.” She added that the EPA is “taking »

Condom Update

Featured image During my time last year in Boulder, I happened upon the “Condom Squad” one day out on Pearl Street, consisting of fetching young ladies distributing unlimited quantities of premium latex goods (see photo, left). I’m not sure exactly what message was intended in the age of campus “rape culture,” and in any event as my criminal defense lawyer was on vacation that week I decided against asking if they provided »