Green Weenie Award

Green Weenie of the Week: The Desperate Sierra Club

Featured image I’ve argued for a long time that environmentalists are the cheap dates (or battered spouses) of the Democratic Party, but even Obama’s shout out to climate change in his inaugural address isn’t satisfying them.  There was quite a negative reaction to Theta Skocpol’s critical report on why climate legislation failed in Obama’s first term because environmental groups hate being told they’re a bunch of losers.  To the contrary, the Center »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Mob

Featured image People often refer to the whole renewable energy sector as a “racket,” as it depends on subsidies and mandates to make money.  Hence the essentially corrupt deals cut in Washington to keep the subsidies in place. Well guess what: it really is a racket.  A police sting in Italy recently revealed heavy Mafia involvement in renewable energy projects.  From yesterday’s Washington Post: PALERMO, Italy — Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Climate Campaign (Again)

Featured image The steady, relentless collapse of the climate campaign proceeds apace, notwithstanding the sugar high climate campaigners enjoyed after Hurricane Sandy and Obama’s re-election.  Obama promises that a price on carbon is a main objective of his second term, but given that it is an Obama promise, climate campaigners should understand they’ve just been given the kiss of death. The media is slowly starting to give up on the whole game.  »

New York Green Weenies Almost Out of Gas

Featured image I mentioned here yesterday that Pennsylvanians are enjoying a surge of prosperity while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo kowtows to cheap-energy-hating environmentalists who are making their last stand again natural gas.  Cuomo keeps hiding behind “safety reviews,” missing several deadlines for a decision and calling for additional investigation. Today the New York Times reports that Cuomo has been sitting on a state Health Department assessment that concluded months ago that »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Kyoto Keystone Kops

Featured image America’s tax system wasn’t the only thing that went over a cliff at midnight on December 31.  The Kyoto Protocol on climate change—the treaty I’ve called the most feckless and unserious act of international diplomacy since the Kellogg-Briand Pact—expired on December 31. Despite all the best efforts of the worst people, there was no 11th hour rescue, no climate “grand bargain,” and not even a tax increase on the top »

Green Weenie of the Year: “Final Solution” Proposed for Climate “Deniers”

Featured image Sometimes an environmentalist will go above and beyond the guidelines and do something so egregious that a Green Weenie of the Week isn’t sufficient recognition.  So we’ve reserved a special Green Weenie of the Year for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Demagoguery. I was certain for a while Earth First’s “assassination hit list” of people deserving direct action, such as Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, for the apparent sin of delivering »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Green Ninja

Featured image First there was Captain Planet.  Then there was EcoKat from Kansas State University.  Remember her?  Well now there’s the Green Ninja from San Jose State University.  You’ll be pleased to know that this project was supported by . . . taxpayers.  Naturally. The project has received a $390,000 grant from NASA to support professional development for teachers, and $20,000 from PG&E to pilot an energy reduction contest for Santa Clara »

Green Weenie of the Week: Hurricane Sandy?

Featured image While analysts will argue for a long time what effect Hurricane Sandy had on the outcome of the election (some people think it tipped the close race to Obama), a question not getting enough attention is whether Sandy was a hurricane at all when it made landfall.  The answer, it turns out, may depend more on insurance regulation than science.  The question is additionally important because hurricane warnings were never »

Green Weenie Update: Smil Smackdown Edition

Featured image There are a handful of indispensible writers on energy and resource issues, and if you had to narrow the list down to just the top two or three people, I’d have to name Vaclav Smil as my Numero Uno.  Among Smil’s terrific books are Energy Myths and Realities and Energy at the Crossroads, but see also his Why America Is Not a New Rome.  Perhaps his most useful insight is »

Beyond the Green Weenie

Featured image The Green Weenie Award is troublesome this week, because some kinds of environmental wackiness descend into a realm so sordid that it deserves something a lot worse than a Green Weenie.  Like a jail sentence, for example. The news media has always covered eco-terrorism as weakly as possible.  The usual asymmetry can be observed.  While every time an abortion clinic is bombed or vandalized, or an abortion doctor murdered, the »

Green Weenie of the Week: Pedophilia Edition

Featured image Ever since Obama’s re-election the climate campaign and the energy-from-carrot-juice enthusiasts have had a new spring in their step.  They really think that a carbon tax, global climate treaty, and a windmill in every garage is now assured because of The One. So it’s been hard to pick a truly deserving Power Line Green Weenie from among the horde of preening weenies certain salvation is at hand.  Take, for instance, »

Green Weenie of the Week: Mayor Bloomberg

Featured image Okay, granted, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is huge weenie. Full stop.  (Christopher Hitchens aptly called him a “picknose control freak.”)  And being a giant weenie comprises all lesser forms of weenieness (weeniedom?) And while John has already take Power Line notice of Bloomberg’s silliness, he still deserves to be singled out officially to receive Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award for his precious endorsement of Barack Obama on the »

The Green Weenie Meets the Economic Boobie Prize

Featured image There’s a race on right now between the climateers and the liberal cheerleaders for big government and economic illiteracy to see who can make the bigger fool of themselves over Hurricane Sandy.  Two weeks ago in my Ashland University class I drew the students attention to Frederic Bastiat’s famous “broken window fallacy” of economics, and as exhibit one pointed to New York Times columnist (and Nobel Prize winner!) Paul Krugman, »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Climateers

Featured image The forlorn climate campaign has become the New York Yankees of the Power Line Green Weenie Award—winning the big prize over and over again on account of a bloated payroll of big egos, yet winning little affection from the people at large.  Way back at the beginning of this month—seems like a long time now to go back to before the first Romney-Obama debate doesn’t it—the UN’s top climate change »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Climateers

Featured image What the heck—if the European Union can win the Nobel Peace Prize (can we have a sequel to “We Are the World” at the presentation ceremony—please, oh, please?), then can the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award be given to a group instead of an individual or single organization?  Yes we can!—as a certain contemporary figure likes to say (or used to like to say, until it became apparent that »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Electric Car (Again!)

Featured image This week is only a few hours old, but we have winner already for our coveted Green Weenie Award.  And it’s a repeat winner—the electric car!  This really is necessary because of the commenter who suggested that we idiot Californians deal with our high gasoline prices by getting electric cars; yeah, great idea with our long commutes and near highest in the nation electricity rates. Anyway, electric cars win their »

Green Weenie of the Week: David Letterman

Featured image People who have been around rural western and upstate New York recently tell me the region is chock-a-block with anti-fracking lawn signs and billboards–evidence that the greens are determined to block natural gas production in the Empire State.  We noted here last week (and also here) how desperate the Thermocrats who hate energy are to stop this boon for the American economy.  It will be interesting to see whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds »