Environment

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 »

The Most Epically Hypocritical Democratic Party Smear Ever! This Is One for the Record Books

Featured image Mark Andrew is a former chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic (DFL) Party. He also writes an occasional column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Today he attacked Flint Hills Resources, which owns a refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota. Why? Because Flint Hills is owned by Koch Industries. What was the occasion? Flint Hills sponsors an annual “International Children’s Festival” in conjunction with the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, and the festival got underway »

A Not So Happy Birthday

Featured image Yesterday Google disdained offering a special banner for Memorial Day.  Today they compound this insult with a banner marking the birthday of Rachel Carson, author of the deeply wrong Silent Spring.  Few books since Das Kapital have done more damage to humans—especially poor children in Africa—than Silent Spring, and yet she—and her dreadful book—continues to be honored by the Left.  (We gave Carson a posthumous Green Weenie Award back in »

The Power and Limits of Indoctrination

Featured image Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory “czar” and one of the smartest and most devious thinkers on the left, has a highly revealing Bloomberg column out this week reporting on the results of a study of the way China has attempted indoctrination in its school system.  This column and the underlying study (it’s an NBER paper, behind a paywall unless you have academic access) are useful as background reading for everyone »

James O’Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens

Featured image There are advantages to being a video guy rather than an ink-stained wretch. James O’Keefe is currently in Cannes, where he is premiering his latest video prank. O’Keefe’s targets are Josh and Rebecca Tickell, producers of environmental documentaries including “Fuel.” Ed Begley Jr. and (former?) actress Mariel Hemingway appear, but are mostly along for the ride. And there isn’t actually much video; it’s mostly recorded conversations. But the content is »

Is the EPA Merging with the IRS?

Featured image With increasing signs that the EPA is having trouble coming up with a regulations designed to kill coal-fired power plants that will survive legal challenge, there is fresh news that the EPA is, on its own authority, considering allowing states to impose a carbon tax.  From Adele Morris of the Brookings Institution: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a proposed rule due out in June that could allow »

Microwaves of the Desert; Cuisinarts of the Sky

Featured image Conservatives used to like to joke that spotted owls taste great slow roasted over a campfire, but who knew that environmentalists would eventually have to own this joke? Los Angeles PBS station KCET reports: A report just made public by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents a disturbing amount of bird injuries at three large California desert solar power plants, and says that there are no easy fixes to »