Green Weenie Award

Civil War on the Left, Part 28: Varieties of Climate Change Thinkers

Featured image Berkeley physicist Richard Muller offers in his book Energy for Future Presidents a typology of thought on climate change: So how do you classify me? A climate change denier? A global warming believer? In my book, Energy for Future Presidents (pig 74) I give the following categories: Alarmists. They pay little attention to the details of the science. They are “unconvincibles.” They say the danger is imminent, so scare tactics are »

Frack This

Featured image About a year ago there was the usual fanfare about a new study that purported to show that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas led to unsafe levels of local air pollution and increased cancer risk. Newsweek covered it, for example: Living near to active fracking sites could increase the risk of cancer as the process harmful chemicals into the air, a new study has found. Researchers from Oregon State »

Great News for Fracking! California’s Last Nuke to Close

Featured image No sooner do some environmentalists (see item 2 of this Loose Ends post) decide that nuclear power is important and should be expanded then the news comes out this morning that Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in 2025 when its current federal license is up. This is great news for natural gas, because despite what the climatistas (and »

Green Weenie of the Week: Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Featured image I was remiss last week in not bringing to everyone’s attention Robert Bryce’s splendid Wall Street Journal article about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow wind energy producers to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles a year. It includes such gems as this: A 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that wind turbines killed about 888,000 bats and 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) in 2012 »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Portland School Board

Featured image The school board of Portland, Oregon, has passed a resolution banning any books that express any skepticism about climate change alarmism: The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame. It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes »

Vegan Green Weenie of the Year

Featured image This story, from The Guardian, requires no commentary to comprehend, though I can’t resist boldfacing some of the best bits: Famous California vegan restaurateurs under fire over revelation they eat meat The California-based husband and wife founders of celebrity-endorsed vegan restaurant group Cafe Gratitude say they have received death threats after it was revealed last week that they are raising, slaughtering and eating animals on their farm north of San »

Unhinged Leftist of the Week

Featured image Outgoing California Senator Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer deserves a Power Line Green Weenie Lifetime Achievement Award for her performance this week in a hearing about energy and climate policy that featured Alex Epstein, author of the cheeky book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute. Here’s a five-minute highlight reel of Boxer losing ground to Epstein and Sirico: And as a special »

Green Weenie of the Century: The Rockefellers

Featured image It’s still very early in the 21st century, but Power Line is ready to bestow its coveted Green Weenie Award for the whole century right now to the Rockefeller family, on account of the announcement yesterday that the Rockefeller Family Fund will divest itself entirely of all of its ExxonMobil stock. Power Line thinks ridding themselves of the very company from which the entire family’s fortune originated more than a »

McKibben Gets One Right!

Featured image Multiple Power Line Green Weenie Award winner Bill McKibben, who puts the “fan” in “fanatic,” is out with a new article attacking the Obama Administration for tolerating fracking. But it’s the cover note from his publicist that is giving me a smile this morning, which reveals the real culprit in this story: Bill looks at the latest studies on methane coming out of Harvard and concludes that greenhouse gas emissions »

And the Award for the Biggest Green Weenie Goes To. . .

Featured image It goes without saying that Leo Di Caprio wins the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award for his climate change screech that accompanied his Oscar win for best actor Sunday night. I guess Marlon Brando’s sidekick, Whatshername Littlefeather or something, wasn’t available. The Guardian, of all places, offers some nice details about Leo’s interest in saving the planet: Leonardo DiCaprio was a climate champion long before the actor wrapped himself in »

Green Weenie of the Week: Green Buildings

Featured image The leftist hive is in a tizzy about the water supply screw up in Flint, Michigan, because it offers the opportunity to attack a Republican governor, which is the main thing to do in life. (I don’t recall a similar outrage over high arsenic levels in the public water supply in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several years back, but Albuquerque is run by Democrats, so no opportunity there.) Meanwhile, the environmental »

Green Weenie of the Week: EPA’s Top Climate Strategist

Featured image In 2013 President Obama named Janet McCabe to head the EPA’s Of­fice of Air and Radiation, which oversees the EPA’s ambitious “Clean Power Plan” to suppress greenhouse gas emissions and stop globul worming. But E & E News reported recently: When her workweek winds down, McCabe returns to her home in Indianapolis, where she has lived since 1993 and from where she commutes to Washington, D.C., every week. “My mind is »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Dept. of Energy

Featured image Ronald Reagan used to like to say that the nine most frightening words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Which means the obvious costume for trick or treating is a government bureaucrat. Too bad Ronaldus Magnus didn’t succeed in abolishing the Department of Energy as he had proposed, for the DoE is up to even more tricks and treats with its suggestion »

Perpetual Green Weenie Awarded

Featured image The monotonous but always tedious Bill McKibben, chief pooh bah of the climatistas who thinks he knows the exact amount of carbon dioxide that should be in the atmosphere (350 parts per million, in case you’re wondering) has won a Green Weenie Lifetime Achievement Award with his latest stunt: Protesting a gasoline pump at an Exxon station in Vermont: If McKibben’s goal was to block cars from filling up their »

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 »

Green Weenie—Or Hot Ticket of the Month?

Featured image I have no idea just what to make of this EventBrite invitation. It is either brilliant satire, or another sign that the environmental mentality is truly beyond recovery. I fear the latter possibility. September 24, Thursday: The Multispecies Salon presents, Suburban Foraging: Acorn Mush, featuring a discussion with Kimberly Tallbear (University of Alberta), Linda Noel (Koyungkawi poet) & Henry Horn (Princeton University) and with Tom Boellstorff (UC Irvine) as a virtual guest. For »

Green Weenie of the Week: Green is the New Orange?

Featured image Since green weenies are more abundant than hydrocarbons these days we’ve upped our standards, and now only bestow our coveted award to truly extraordinary cases of green weeniedom. And this week we have a candidate for a Green Weenie Lifetime Achievement Award. The background is . . . oh never mind. Let’s just go straight to a new paper (PDF file) from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at »