The Daily Chart: Wood You Believe. . .

Featured image You likely have seen the meme showing a lit candle with the question, “What did environmentalists use for light before candles?” Answer: “Electricity.” This quip comes back to mind with the first chart here showing that for all the talk of the growing share of “renewable” energy (meaning chiefly wind and solar), the overwhelming majority of “renewable” energy is actually hydropower (which environmentalists oppose in the U.S.—in fact many state »

The Grassley-Johnson experience

Featured imageSenators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have made it a mission to expose the Biden family corruption at whose apex sits President Biden. Their various reports, speeches, and correspondence are all accessible here. Most recently, they summarized the fruits of their research in this letter letter dated October 26, 2022 (“[t]he letter summarizes key elements of the Biden family’s engagements with individuals linked to the Chinese communist party and Chinese »

The Times and WaPo Take Up Arms

Featured imageWell, no, of course they don’t. The idea that liberal news outlets might contribute to our national defense, rather than undermining it, is laughable. And yet, here they are: the defense authorization bill is being held hostage to the Democrats’ insistence that the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” be included in it. Whatever the merits of the JCPA, it has absolutely nothing to do with national defense, and should be »

After last night

Featured imageThis is a postscript to my November 9 installment of “After last night” on this year’s midterms. • In a perfect coda to the disappointing outcome of the 2022 midterm elections, Raphael Warnock won reelection to the Senate from Georgia last night. He did it by taking 51.4 percent of the vote in his runoff against Herschel Walker for a full six-year term. Walker fell about 100,000 votes short out »

James Baker to the nth degree

Featured imageJames Baker is a key player in old Twitter’s suppression of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop reporting before the 2020 election. Jonathan Turley noted his ubiquity as a player in the scandals of the past six years in “Six degrees of James Baker.” After including him in my “Notes on the Twitter Files” this morning, I now have to add this mind-boggling postscript. It never occurred to me »

Saving the World With Electric Vehicles

Featured imageJust kidding. Willis Eschenbach quantifies the amount of fossil fuel usage that electric vehicles actually save in the U.S.: The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab has just released a study showing that in 2021, US privately-owned plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) “saved about 690 million gallons of gasoline.” But that is a huge exaggeration because fossil fuels provide 61% of the electricity in the US »

The Daily Chart: Take Your Lithium

Featured imageJohn pointed out here yesterday the fantasy of battery storage, but here is another look at the problem. The belief that we’re going to make intermittent wind and solar power “work” by having massive amounts of battery storage depends on fantastic assumptions of future battery production. The amount of lithium—the current main ingredient of our best technology at the moment—necessary for these projections is depicted vividly here: »

Notes on the Twitter Files

Featured imageHerewith a few short notes on the Twitter Files disclosing the suppression of the New York Post’s reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop three weeks in advance of the 2020 presidential election. • Twitter is a powerful instrument for good and evil. Elon Musk’s efforts to create a new Twitter with a favorable disposition to free speech has made him an enemy of the regime. They are crying »

Battery Storage Is a Fantasy

Featured imageWind and solar installations produce electricity well under 50 percent of the time, a fact that never will change. So, in a “green” world, how do you keep the lights on? Battery storage, liberals tell us. (The electric grid is not a storage device. Electricity on the grid must be consumed in the moment in which it is produced.) Amazingly, however, no environmentalist or liberal has made any effort to »

The Daily Chart: Sweden, After All

Featured imageNew data from the OECD settles an argument that raged from the first days of the COVID hysteria: Sweden’s decision not to lockdown turns out to have been the correct one. The OECD’s calculation of total excess deaths from all causes (since COVID lockdowns increased other causes of death) was the lowest in the developed world, as seen here: While we’re here, let’s note that a certain person beloved for »

The Times does the Twitter Files

Featured imageNew York Times media reporter Michael Grynbaum gives us the Times’s first take on the Twitter Files. RealClearPolitics links to an accessible version of Grynbaum’s story published at DNYUZ. Turning to the story posted here on the Times site, I see that Grynbaum’s story is published on page B5 of today’s Times. Between the national news and the sports section falls the shadow. Grynbaumn provides a bemused account of the »

Thought for the Day: John McWhorter on Woke Religion

Featured imageOne podcast I try not to miss is The Glenn Show, hosted by Brown University economist Glenn Loury, and I make a point of never missing his regular every other week guest, the Columbia linguist John McWhorter. I am slow in getting to McWhorter’s most recent book, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America. Here’s his case that “wokery” is literally the new religion of the left: »

White House Sticks to Its Story on Twitter

Featured imageIn light of everything that has come out, does the White House think Twitter did the right thing by censoring news about Joe Biden’s corruption prior to the 2020 election? A reporter posed that question to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. Her response? Basically, the administration hates Twitter under the Musk regime and has nothing to say about the suppression of news that would have been damaging to Biden: If »

“Savior of the Republic” In the Slammer

Featured imageRemember Michael Avenatti? There was a historical moment when he was the Democratic Party’s great hope. Avenatti was going to harpoon the Dems’ white whale, Donald Trump. This was via his representation of Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump evidently had a fling and to whom he later wrote a check. It was a personal check to cover a personal expense, and didn’t come from campaign funds, so there was no »

Thought for the Day: Scruton on Foucault

Featured imageRoger Scruton’s charming and invaluable memoir, Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life, includes a chapter explaining how he first started turning in a conservative direction (he wasn’t raised one—his father was a devoted semi-socialist Labourite), when he witnessed first-hand the student revolt in Paris in May 1968. He was repelled by the spectacle, and concluded that ‘whatever these people are for, I’m against.’ But what were the student protestors for? »

Every NPR Story You’ve Ever Heard

Featured imageMove over David Deeble, J.P. Sears, and Ammo Grrrll: we have a new comic to induct into the Official Power Line Comedy Club: Tyler Fischer. Here he neatly skewers NPR and practically every other major woke news media sensibility in just sixty seconds: every liberal news show pic.twitter.com/APQiQG8ysp — Tyler Fischer (@TyTheFisch) July 3, 2022 »

Rats!

Featured imageFor quite a while it has seemed like we are stuck in a time loop determined to repeat the 1960s, with rising crime, urban riots, racial politics that summons the complete capitulation of the liberal establishment, vast expansion of the welfare state, etc. Also rats in New York City. Bloomberg reports: Wanted: NYC Rat Czar. Will Offer Salary as High as $170,000 New York Mayor Eric Adams is looking for »