Green Weenie Award

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 »

Green Weenieism, the Next Dimension

Featured image Earlier today, Steve gave this week’s Green Weenie award to Matt Damon for the anti-fracking movie Promised Land, which, it turns out, was financed by the United Arab Emirates. Who, trust me, acted out of a noble concern for the environment and had no thought of suppressing American fossil fuel development which would compete with the Emirates’ product and likely cost the Emirates billions of dollars. But the movie is »

Green Weenie of the Week: Matt Damon

Featured image Or should I say, Team America-style, Matt Daayyymonnnn.  Yes, I think we should.  So his Damonness is coming out in December with a feature film entitled Promised Land that is intended to do to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas what The China Syndrome did for nuclear power way back when.  You can watch the trailer here if you want, and grasp the full propaganda intent of the film.  Even though »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Electric Car

Featured image Very stiff competition for this week’s coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award.  Al Gore is even warming up for another shot at another Green Chakra Weenie for his solar-powered mantle.  But one contender has risen above the rest of the green slime to claim the prize: the electric car. Who says?  The Congressional Budget Office, that’s who.  In a recent report on The Effect of Federal Tax Credits on the »

Green Weenie of the Week: Posthumous Rachel Carson Edition

Featured image Unexpected travel last weekend postponed the weekly Power Line Green Weenie Award, but that allowed me time to catch up with an important new book bearing on someone who deserves a shelf of posthumous Green Weenies: Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring.  Published 50 years ago, Silent Spring remains an iconic book for the modern environmental movement, and Rachel Carson one of the movement’s heroes.  (The EPA still hosts »

Green Weenie of the Week: It’s Only Tuesday, But We Have a Winner Already

Featured image Right-thinking lefties everywhere have had their knickers in a twist over the House Republican proposal to curtail National Science Foundation funding for social science (especially political science), while maintaining funding for the “hard” sciences like physics, chemistry, etc.  Well, perhaps papers like the one from Matthew Ranson, posted the other day on the Social Science Research Network, suggests why someone might look askance at social science, whether funded by the »