Green Weenie Award

Green Weenies, Forever

Featured image The Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are becoming the Meryl Streep of leftist protests, winning multiple awards for Worst Performance in a So-Called Protest. We awarded them a coveted Power Line Green Weenie a couple weeks ago for leaving so much trash around that it had become an environmental threat to the very same river they claimed to be trying to protect. The story deepens.  Here’s the latest from The »

Green Weenie of the Week: Gina McCarthy

Featured image This week’s finalists for Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award include this forlorn protest yesterday at Berkeley against the Dakota Access Pipeline, staged despite about two inches of California’s permanent drought (because: climate change) coming down, and despite the fact that yesterday construction work restarted on the pipeline now that Trump is in charge: But the undisputed winner has to be former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.  Even though she’s out »

Green Weenie of the Week: Standing Rock Blockheads

Featured image This news story from Reuters requires no commentary to explain why the pretentious protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock deserve a coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award: Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, and crews began filling large dumpsters with garbage that has accumulated, much of »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eric Holthaus

Featured image Another week, another pile of Green Weenie Award prospects. But we have an early winner. Eric Holthaus, an environmental stenographer who calls himself a “reporter” (don’t worry—I’ve never heard of him either), posted up a 15-part Tweetstorm a few days ago about how depressed he is about climate change, which prompted him to seek therapy.   A sensible counselor might have suggested Holthaus find a better line of work. I »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Los Angeles Times

Featured image I know most of you have heard that climate change caused the civil war in Syria. Because of course if it was 10 degrees cooler or there were 10 more inches of rain a year, all of those tribes and Islamic factions would join hands and sing Kumbaya, or whetever that translates to in Arabic. All these centuries of fighting with each other were apparently just practice for the coming »

Green Weenie, Supplemental

Featured image I may have been too hasty awarding this week’s Green Weenie to the NRDC this morning. Because since that post, Trump has announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Pruitt is a totally awesome pic for the EPA. I had been hearing the names of a lot of Bush Administration retreads for EPA, which would have meant business as usual. How awesome is »

Green Weenie of the Week: The NRDC

Featured image The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out today with a breathless press release warning that transporting Canadian oil by means of ships or barges threatens oil spills into our rivers and estuaries: NRDC Report: Tar Sands Tankers in U.S. Waters Could Skyrocket 12-Fold Under Canadian Producers’ Plans A flood of dirty oil and possible damaging spills in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mississippi River threatens iconic species, tourism and communities; »

Green, uh, Weenie of the Week: Ecosexuality??

Featured image I think I may have to retire the Green Weenie Award. Because what can you say about this story: Ecosexuals Believe Having Sex with the Earth Could Save It If you happen to find yourself in Sydney this week, you have the unique opportunity to have sex with the earth. You just need to stop by the “ecosexual bathhouse,” which is currently part of the Syndey LiveWorks Festival of experimental art. »

Civil War on the Left, Part 30

Featured image Today we get another two-fer: a fresh installment of the Civil War on the Left series, and a Green Weenie Award. Up in Washington state, there’s a revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative on the ballot, which would impose a $15 a ton carbon tax (or about 15 cents per gallon of gas), rising eventually over the years to $100 a ton, or $1 added to the cost of a gallon of »

Civil War on the Left, Part 29: Leo in Trouble

Featured image This is just too much fun—a chance for a “Civil War on the Left” and a Green Weenie Award post at the same time. The “rainforest” people are mad at Leo DiCaprio. From the Hollywood Reporter: Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role By Alex Ritman In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eco-Firestarter

Featured image There are times when the gods of the copybook headings really smile on our enterprise. Such as this story from the Financial Times last week: The timing was terrible. Six weeks before the greenest and prettiest — but one of the least known — of the Canary Islands was due to get its chance to shine, with new direct flights from the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark, it was lit »

Green Weenie of the Week: Baseball Cranks

Featured image Back in 2007 Sports Illustrated that jumped on the climate change bandwagon with a cover mock up of a baseball player up to his thighs in water, because of sea level rise don’t you know. Now a new climate threat to baseball has been identified: More on-field brawls, and more home runs. I kid you not. From E&E Daily (subscription only unfortunately): Climate change is affecting more than just polar caps »

Green Weenie of the Week: Barbecue Deniers

Featured image I recall many years ago when the smog police in Los Angeles actually contemplated regulating—and perhaps even banning—backyard barbecues. A bunch of us printed up bumper stickers that we passed out at a meeting of the South Coast Air Quality Management District that said: “Use a Barbecue, Go To Jail!” (The smog police eventually backed down, but only after the BBQ industry figured out how to reformulate lighter fluid to »

Fight Climate Change: Go to Jail

Featured image If you’ve been wondering why “progressive” mayors like Bill de Blasio are so indifferent to rising crime and disorder, wonder no longer: It’s just another means of fighting climate change! I kid you not. From the New York Times science page yesterday: How Lowering Crime Could Contribute to Global Warming By Tatiana Schlossberg It sounds simple: If something has a big carbon footprint and you get rid of it, you »

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 »