Environment

Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers

Featured image Forget the pod people of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: it seems the plastic people have taken over California government.  Think of it as Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers.  Today Gov. Jerry Brown, who never found a goofy environmental idea he didn’t like, signed the bill to outlaw “single-use” plastic bags in California.  Which prompts the following 45-second video rant from me about how it is going to reduce »

What’s Wrong With California in One Map

Remember Barry Goldwater’s famous line that the country would be better off if we sawed off the Atlantic seaboard and let it drift out to sea?  Well, the same thing should be said of coastal California. This isn’t exactly news of course, but below is a great photo that dramatizes the problem: it shows which California counties have banned single-use plastic bags.  No mystery as to the politics of this. »

Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

Featured image There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of »

Whale of a Tale

Featured image So everyone knows that mankind hunted whales nearly to the brink of extinction, etc., etc. So what has happened since whaling was finally discontinued, which didn’t happen until as late as 1971 for some species such as the blue whale? Nature magazine reported last Friday: Blue whales along the US west coast seem to have recovered from decades of hunting, surprising researchers and regulators who had listed them as threatened. »

Why the Hysteria About Climate Change? Follow the Money

Featured image Global warming hysteria, as we wrote yesterday, is not science. The models on which it rests are known to be wrong, since they are refuted by observation. So why, then, does climate change hype persist? Because a great deal of money depends on it. The purpose of global warming hysteria is to bamboozle voters into transferring vast amounts of wealth and power from the private sector to the government. This »

From the Archives: Smart Growth Then, Climate Now?

Featured image Rummaging through an old box yesterday I stumbled across an old videotape of a speech I gave way back around 1999 or 2000 at a conference of the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and I decided, what the heck, I’ll digitize it and throw it up here for several purposes. First, the jokes killed.  Even with a liberal audience.  (I was about the sole conservative on the »

Sen and Sensibility on Climate

Featured image I’ve never quite made up my mind about Harvard’s Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize winner in economics who also traffics in philosophy—a rather rare combination. Sen has an article in the current issue of The New Republic with the promising title “Stop Obsessing About Global Warming,” noting sensibly (or should that be “Sen-sibly,” just as we used to say Irving made everything “Kristol-clear”) in the subtitle that “Environmentalists are ignoring »

Krugman Auditions

Featured image Everyone is buzzing about the New York Times Magazine cover story over the weekend about whether libertarians and libertarianism are ascendant.  And one of the busy bees buzzing the most is Paul Krugman, who is a libertarian denialist. Here’s the killer taunt from his Monday column: “The answer is no.  And the reason can be summed up in one word: phosphorus.” Seriously?  Is Krugman auditioning for a minor supporting role »

Civil War on the Left, Part 11

Featured image It has been a cliché since the 1970s that the typical environmentalist is an upper-class white suburbanite that drives a Volvo (make that a Prius now).  Hence the need to come up with “environmental justice,” where the Civil Rights movement meets the Cuyahoga River fire, and gives us worthies such as Van Jones. But behold, from The Guardian: Green Groups Too White and Too Male Compared to Other Sectors—Report Survey »

Breaking: The (Leftist) Billionaire Boys Club

Featured image This afternoon there’s an important update on the story of the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, the billionaire promising to spend $100 million on behalf of Democrats, and John’s long analysis of the Democracy Alliance. The Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have released a new report entitled The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and »

The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer: NY Times edition

Featured image This past April, with the help of a knowledgeable reader, we took a deep dive into the fossil fuel investments of Democratic money man and environmental poseur Tom Steyer in “The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer.” Introducing our reader’s report, John wrote regarding Steyer: “Today, he is a bitter opponent of fossil fuels, especially coal. That fits with his current economic interests: banning coal-fired power plants will boost the value »

Confirmed: The EPA Is Full of You-Know-What

Featured image So, what are those wacky folks at the EPA up to these days?  Writing regulations 38 times longer than the Bible?  Playing “Keeping Up with the IRS” in destroying emails that Congress has requested?  Worried about new forms of solid waste? If you guessed the last one, you’d be right.  More right than you might imagine.  Turns out EPA employees have been . . . pooping in EPA hallways.  Now, »

More Greenpeace Hypocrisy

Featured image Yesterday we noted that Greenpeace turns out to be really bad at currency trading.  Turns out the full story is much worse.  According to a story in The Guardian, Greenpeace suffers from multiple defects in its financial controls (“disarray” is the bland term The Guardian uses), such that if it were a bank or a U.S. for-profit corporation, the SEC might well slap it with fines or sanctions: The handling »

EPA Gets Smacked Around by SCOTUS

Featured image Today’s Supreme Court decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA is potentially a huge setback for the climatistas and the Obama administration’s recent proposal to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act, though it is a complicated opinion and will take a while to unravel.  It is a typical 5 -4 ruling along the usual lines, but in some ways appears to be a 9 – 0 vote »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image This story is just too fun not to pass along: Greenpeace Loses $5.2M on Rogue Employee Trading Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department. The environmental group, which is based in Amsterdam, said Monday the employee — who had bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies »

Restoration Hardware Goes Green

Featured image A few days ago my wife walked into our kitchen and said, “Wow, look at this catalog that just got delivered.” The package, delivered by UPS, was from Restoration Hardware. Weighing in at 12 pounds, it turned out to contain nine separate catalogs: Restoration Hardware apparently anticipated that many would find the delivery of a 12-pound package odd, and some would consider it objectionable. Why? The environment, of course! So »

Introducing St. Thomas? Hardly!

Featured image Tom Steyer has become the Democrats’ favorite billionaire and the number one funder of liberal political candidates. So media outlets naturally have felt obliged to begin introducing him to the public. Steyer now styles himself an environmental crusader whose top priority is fighting global warming. However, in part because of this post, many people are now aware that Steyer made much of his hedge fund fortune by financing coal mines »