Environment

Scary Bananas? Yes

Featured image Most of the lavishly produced TED Talks skew left or are at least relentlessly trendy.  But here’s one by South African journalist Ivo Vegter that is well worth its 17 minute length. Vergter has written a book called Extreme Environment: How Environmental Exaggeration Harms Emerging Economies.  The obvious caveat here is that environmental exaggeration harms developed economies–like ours–too.  Still, for all of the lefty talk about concern for the developing »

It’s Not Easy Being Green, but It’s Easy to be Annoying

Featured image According to the old saw, the problem with socialism is socialism, while the problem with capitalism is capitalists.  The latter half of this quote is widely attributed to Herbert Hoover, which perhaps is one indication of why this statement is backwardly wrong.  Capitalists may be greedy, but they can’t compel people by force to engage in commerce with them (unless they get the government to compel people to buy their »

Maybe Greenpeace Should Try Somalia?

Featured image Update: When last we checked in on the seafaring antics of Greenpeace, we found that they weren’t faring so well up in Russian waters.  The no-nonsense Russians said they were ready to open fire on Greenpeace ships that interfered with their Arctic energy projects. Better than firing on a Greenpeace ship?  Arresting and charging them with piracy.  From the Wall Street Journal today: MOSCOW—Russia has opened a piracy case against »

A 1959 Lincoln Continental . . . Hybrid?

Featured image This is one of those irresistible stories: Neil Young’s hybrid-electric car broke down the other day while he was driving to  . . . an environmental jamboree.  Heh.  Double-heh.  But what’s this? His car is a 1959 Lincoln Continental?  That cost him $1 million to trick out? Neil Young, a high-profile proponent of cars powered by alternative fuels, was recently stranded on the highway when his own $1 million biomass-powered »

Russia Handles Greenpeace

Featured image This is how you take care of Greenpeace: A Greenpeace icebreaker that entered Russia’s Arctic without permission to protest offshore energy exploration is leaving after being threatened with gunfire by that country’s coast guard. “It was repeated several times in open conversation that they were threatening that if we didn’t leave the Northern Sea Route that they would fire on our ship,” Christy Ferguson, a Canadian crew member on the »

The Story of Stupid Stuff: Why Do Liberals Want Our Daughters to Hitchhike?

Featured image In June I did a post titled Warming Alarmism In Twilight, which was mostly about how badly the climate alarmists’ models have diverged from reality. Along the way, however, I noted with astonishment that my then-16 year old daughter had been advised by a teacher to hitchhike in order to minimize carbon emissions: My 10th grade daughter had her last day of school yesterday. A teacher gave her a sheet »

“We Don’t Have 10 Trillion People”

Featured image My old partner in crime Ken Green has one of his typically delicious op-eds out today in the Financial Post of Canada, commenting on the viral video “The Story of Stuff” that is all the rage among the green left (but I repeat myself).  It’s the usual Malthusianism in fancy dress combined with big corporation conspiracy-paranoia about how corporations are all out to poison us, because somehow it is good »

Busted! Green Hypocrisy Marks a New Low

Featured image There’s no hypocrisy quite as outrageous as environmental hypocrisy.  Al Gore is the king, of course, with his multiple enormo-homes, houseboat, private jet travel, and selling his TV network to Arab oil barons.  But it’s okay: he buys carbon offsets. The four-minute video below shows brave anti-coal folks protesting . . . with gourmet food on a luxury yacht.  More details from Trending Central. »

Anonymous Money on the Left

Featured image Middle Eastern potentates have been acknowledging their nervousness over the hydrocarbon revolution that has seen American domestic oil production increase by 2 million barrels a day over the last two years, with much more to come as cutting edge American technology spreads around the world.  OPEC’s days as the drivers of the global oil market may be in eclipse, especially if global demand for oil peaks, as has been forecast »

Time to Drive a Stake Through “Stakeholding”

Featured image The Dept. of Energy has just released a “Directory of Potential Stakeholders for DoE Actions Under NEPA” (link to a PDF file).  NEPA is the National Environmental Policy Act; think environmental impact assessments, and the endless lawsuits challenging their adequacy.  Skip over the list of the myriad federal and state agencies that want in on the process; note the list starting on page 24 (or just check the list in »

Crime and Punishment: Get the Lead Out?

Featured image The cover story of the current issue of The Economist looks at the fall in crime rates and does its usual thorough job in covering the waterfront of factors contributing to this happy story.  But they may have missed a big part of the story.  There is some intriguing research that argues in favor of the conclusion that the decline in lead levels in the environment may have a significant »

Green Weenie of the Week: Peak Water

Featured image As noted here a few days ago, the beloved “peak oil” hypothesis has gone poof, but if you’re an enviro-doomster, you’ve got to have peak-something to grab on to, because Malthus.  Looks like the new peak obsession will be . . . water.  Yes—the stuff that falls regularly from the sky, the bulk of which (99 percent of surface water probably) we allow to flow back into the ocean. From »

Spindle Time

Featured image Airline purgatory over the last 36 hours—every one of my four flights was disrupted or cancelled on a round-trip coast-to-coast itinerary—ended up with me in the wrong city on the wrong day, and all out of clean clothes to boot.  Oh, well, as the old saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.  But it has put me way behind on the news.  I hear there was »

Question of the Day: Can Environmentalists Think?

Featured image No.  Let’s go home. But if you want an intelligent discussion of this question, check out Bret Stephens’s column by this title in today’s Wall Street Journal.  I’ve grown weary of pointing out the defects of environmental moralism, and have been grateful for fresh reinforcement from folks like Pascal Bruckner (review forthcoming).  But Stephens really nails it.  If you don’t have a WSJ subscription or print copy, here’s a highlight: »

Environmental Fraud Alert

Featured image It is often said that politicians require a steady stream of crises from which they can purport to save us. In that dynamic, environmentalists have come to play an important role. Rachel Carson and Paul Ehrlich were among the pioneers, and the model they established hasn’t changed much. Environmentalists issue hysterical warnings about disasters that threaten to overtake us, and the remedy is always the same: we must turn over »

Did Koontz Case Doom Obama’s “Environmental Justice” Agenda?

Featured image One of the lesser-noted decisions that the Supreme Court handed down in its June term was Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. Koontz applied for a permit to develop a portion of a small parcel of land that he owned in Florida, and offered a remediation plan to offset the effect of the development on wetlands on his property. The Water Management District rejected Koontz’s plan and said »

Greatest. Headline. Ever.

Featured image “Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears – only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers.” A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show »