Green Weenie Award

Green Weenie of the Week: Sen. Whitehouse’s Latest Self-Dealing Scam

Featured image It’s been quite a while since I worked off of Eric Hoffer’s famous axiom that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”   Environmentalism entered the racketeering stage a long time ago, but fresh examples of brazen corruption still arrest your attention. Like Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s latest attempt at self-dealing.  As mentioned here once before, Whitehouse takes to the »

Green Weenie of the Week: Bob Geldof

Featured image I nearly retired Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award a while back when the selection committee ruled that Al Gore and his epigones were no longer eligible to win repeat Weenies, and all the pale imitators were deemed unworthy of the award.  But sometimes somebody really steps up and makes it worthy of calling up the factory to order up a new Weenie.  Behold legendary music producer and entertainment impresario »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Weather

Featured image Okay, by now we’ve done to death all of the things caused by climate change (the Warmlist is up to 883 items now), but the newest claim is that global warming will increase the violent crime rate.  From the Beeb: Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests.  US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a »

Green Weenie of the Week: Germany

Featured image Well why shouldn’t an entire nation be eligible for one of our coveted Green Weenie Awards?  After all the country actually has a Green Party that has been included in past cabinets, and is often held up as an example of how a nation should embrace green energy technologies. Except that the whole expensive scheme is falling apart.  Despites hundreds of billions of Euros in subsidies and direct investment, German »

Green Weenie of the Week: A Guy Named Rush

Featured image Nope, nice try—it’s not the “Rush” you thought of.  It’s New Jersey congressman and U.S. Senate hopeful Rush Holt, a Ph.D physicist he’ll tell you (making him another Obama-era Chu-toy), who has taken out a YouTube ad to tell us that “millions will die” unless . . . we pass a carbon tax. Seriously? Without a single trace of irony, Holt harrumphs against “dumping gases into the atmosphere.”   The greater »

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 »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eco-Terrorist Edition

Featured image I’ve heard of eco-terrorists before, and they are quite real (and, I suspect, a growing threat), such as the people who used to put spikes in trees to injure loggers running their chain saws, or the folks who burned down ski lodges and new housing developments back in the late 1990s.  But this takes the cake (from The Daily Caller): Tennessee Bureaucrat: Water Quality Complaints Could Be Considered ‘Act of »

Green Weenie of the Week: Jerry Brown

Featured image Now I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t California Governor Jerry Brown deserve a coveted Power Line Green Weenie lifetime achievement award for some of the things he did 35 years ago, when he was governor first time around?  Goes without saying.  It was back during Brown’s “Moonbeam” years that California embarked on its dirigisme energy policy, with some of the first major subsidies for wind and solar power that gave »

Green Weenie of the Week: Hors D’oeuvres Edition

Featured image This is one of those weeks where we have to pass out hors d’oeuvres-style mini-green weenies on toothpicks, like they surely serve at receptions at the French embassy.  (Quelle horreur!) Start with all the breaking wind of the windmill enthusiasts: a study from the University of North Carolina published recently in Environmental Research Letters finds that “the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated.”  The green »

From the Climatefail Files

Featured image As a follow up to yesterday’s Green Weenie about the feckless downhill ski industry, several Power Line readers have directed me to news stories about how late snow has kept many ski resorts open this year long after their usual closing dates.  Aspen Mountain reopened its upper slopes for skiing and snowboarding over Memorial Day weekend, while over in France, a ski resort has reopened following heavy snow this past »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Downhill Skiing Industry

Featured image Talk about going downhill fast: 100 ski resorts have signed on to a Climate Declaration calling for “action” on climate change.  In typical hokum, this declaration suggests that “climate action” represents “one of America’s greatest economic opportunities”–a claim about as credible as a women’s Spandex apparel concession in Saudi Arabia. This deserves a whole case of Green Weenies, along with the buns.  My old partner-in-climate-crime Ken Green of the Fraser »

Green Weenie of the Week: Tornado Alley Edition

Featured image Now I know what you’re thinking: the obvious Green Weenie winner should be that former congresscritter who liked to tweet his big banana and who announced yesterday that he’s going to run for mayor of the Big Apple, to the audible squeals of delight from within the soundproof walls where Daily Show writers work.  And Anthony Weiner certainly qualifies for a Green Weenie, as it turns out he was in »

Green Weenie of the Week: San Jose State University

Featured image One of my favorite scenes from Dirty Harry (the first film to “talk back to liberalism,” as the late, great Richard Grenier put it) is when Clint Eastwood’s Inspector Callahan meets his new and unwanted partner, Chico Gonzales: Callahan: “You from around here?” Gonzales: “Yeah, but I went to school at San Jose State.” Callahan: “Just what I need, a college boy. . . Get your degree?” Gonzales: “Sociology.” Callahan: »

Green Weenie of the Week: Fisker

Featured image When even the New York Times calls you “the Solyndra of the electric car industry,” you know you’ve had it.  Fisker, another Obamanation that cost taxpayers over $500 million in subsidies and props, was losing more than $500,000 per vehicle.  (But I’m sure they made up for it in volume.)  I especially like this droll bit of narrative in the Times’ story: “Fisker, with its technical problems, management turmoil and »

The Ultimate Green Weenie Award

Featured image We’re never short of Green Weenie Award nominees—in fact we can hardly keep up—but this week’s is so off the chart that we couldn’t have made it up in our worst mescaline-induced homage to Hunter S. Thompson.  From The Guardian newspaper in Britain (hat tip to Anthony Watts and his WattsUpWithThat site) comes the news of the ultimate mashup: environmentalism and pornography. So . . . oh what the hell, »

Green Weenie of the Week: The United States!

Featured image These are grim times for the climate campaign, as we’ve noted here repeatedly.  Cap and trade failed in the Senate, and isn’t ever coming back.  The White House pre-emptively ruled out a carbon tax.  The EPA, according to several reports, is going to miss a deadline this Friday on the next step in its coal-killing regulatory agenda, apparently because it has noticed that its proposed rules are unlikely to survive »

Green Weenie of the Week: Greenpeace

Featured image I’ve long argued that Greenpeace deserves to be considered the John Birch Society of the environmental movement—an extremist organization that ought to be openly shunned by “mainstream” environmental organizations, just as the modern conservative movement decided to marginalize the John Birch Society starting back in the early 1960s.  That’s if the “mainstream” environmental movement actually wants to be taken seriously by mainstream Americans.  There is some doubt about this question. »