Climate

Podcast: Roy Spencer on Climate Change Censorship, and Cool Satellites

Featured image This Power Line Classic format podcast features Dr. Roy Spencer of NASA and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Spencer is one of the nation’s most accomplished climate scientists, having won awards for his work developing the satellite monitoring system that provides some of the best weather and climate trend data available. But because he is modest about what climate science actually knows about the future, he dissents from the extreme »

Google Makes War on Climate Science

Featured image The most reliable record we have of the Earth’s temperature is the satellite data maintained by Roy Spencer and John Christy at the University of Alabama Huntsville. The satellite data go back to 1979. Dr. Spencer has a web site that has come under attack by Google: DrRoySpencer.com has been demonetized by Google for “unreliable and harmful claims”. This means I can no longer generate revenue to support the website »

A funny thing happened

Featured image Looking around on YouTube over the weekend for videos illustrating Michael Nesmith’s career in music, I came across Steve Hayward’s 2014 Hillsdale College lecture titled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Global Warming.” Video of the lecture was posted here on YouTube (embedded below). Steve adapted the the title of his lecture from the musical that introduced the comic Roman playwright Plautus to Broadway with a little help »

Found: Stupidest Climate Change Headline Ever

Featured image From the BBC: When relationships end it might be because the spark has disappeared, or maybe you just can’t make time for one another. But can climate change cause break-ups? It might do, according to a new study which suggests albatrosses – some of the world’s most loyal creatures – are “divorcing” more. Research published in the Royal Society journal looked at 15,500 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands over »

The (No) Keystone COP

Featured image Apparently the UN climate summit in Glasgow is still going on, long past the scene where Ferris Bueller comes out of the shower after the credits have finished asking “You’re still here? Go home!” Most of the heads of state, and even some old codger named Obama, have long ago left and gone home, but fortunately Nancy Pelosi is on the spot to fill the void, though I did have »

Oh my, Omarova

Featured image Saule Omarova is the Biden administration’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The OCC is not a well known or well understood agency, but it is the chief regulator of national banks. It is not a bureaucratic backwater or political dumping ground. I got to know it when I worked at TCF Financial Corporation (now absorbed into Huntington Bank). Omarova is of course the proud »

Climate of dystopia

Featured image I worry about Iran’s mullahs pursuing their murderous exploits with an arsenal of nuclear weapons, a venture that Barack Obama did everything in his power to facilitate. Obama himself purports to worry about “climate change,” f/k/a “global warming.” Obama traveled to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to give one of his seemingly endless speeches yesterday. Obama called out the villains of the “climate change” story »

St. Augustine’s Climate Summit

Featured image It is telling that the only notable news to come out of the latest UN “Climate Summit” (COP 26) is that (P)resident Joe Biden fell asleep. The only real question is why everyone else didn’t fall asleep along with him. At this point in the climate circus I’m tempted to say that when it comes to actual energy, the whole thing now resembles St. Augustine’s famous prayer: “Lord, make me »

Speaking of methane

Featured image President Biden emitted a massive amount of verbal methane in his press conference on the second day of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Listening to him, I thought a mind is a terrible thing to lose. Biden has made himself a member in good standing of what Melanie Phillips calls “The tragi-comic climate doomsday cult.” Here is a paragraph I have taken more or less at random from »

Let’s Go Greta!

Featured image What global climate summit would be complete without Marvel climate superhero Greta Thunberg? And here she is, actually saying something I mostly agree with—that the proceedings inside the official conference hall are a joke: So as you can see, Greta is a Serious Person.  How serious? Scroll to the 1 minute mark of this two-minute video, and be prepared for the most super-cringe ever: Actually, once again I kinda agree »

Defund the Cops!

Featured image Now I know what you’re thinking: “Defund the cops!”?? Has Hayward lost his mind at last? Is he growing desperate for new ways to troll “Lucretia”? Not at all. In this case, I mean not Defund the Police, but “Defund the COPs,” meaning the annual UN globull warming “Council Of the Parties” conference (known in climatista lingo as COP 26) opening in a few days in Glasgow, Scotland. President Biden »

Our woke Fed [UPDATED]

Featured image Americans are worried about rising inflation, and a recent survey found that 60 percent of likely voters believe the Biden administration isn’t paying enough attention to the matter. To add insult to injury, a leading Democrat economist believes that even the Federal Reserve Board isn’t paying enough attention to inflation. Larry Summers, who served as Secretary of Treasury under Bill Clinton, has warned that the Fed and other central banks »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image Headlines like this from today’s Wall Street Journal make me smile and rush off to check on my fossil-fuel-heavy stock portfolio: A surge in energy stocks is challenging climate-conscious money managers who beat the market for years when the sector struggled but are now missing out on Wall Street’s hottest trade. The S&P 500 energy sector has rebounded 54% this year, outpacing the broad index’s 21% climb and leading the »

The Hypocrisy of Environmental Elites

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports today that the insurgent members that outside groups managed to get elected to the board of ExxonMobil want the company to begin planning to go out of business: Exxon Debates Abandoning Some of Its Biggest Oil and Gas Projects Exxon Mobil Corp.’s remade board of directors is debating whether to continue with several major oil and gas projects as the company reconsiders its investment strategy in »

The End of Green Dreams? (Updated)

Featured image Every day brings fresh news of the how the edifice of “green energy” has hit the wall. It turns out that when nations recognize they need more energy, they are all turning to . . . energy that actually works at scale. And yet the Al Gores of the world persist: Al Gore’s $36 Billion Fund Sees New Urgency to Cut Off Oil Money Five years. That’s roughly how much »

The Next Thing: “Heat Governance”

Featured image It used to be that if someone shouted in an alley, “It’s the heat!”, it meant the police were coming. But if the perpetual do-gooders have their way, pretty soon might have actual “heat police.” That’s not exactly what they’re calling it, but how long before a move to formal offices of “heat governance” will entail people in uniforms? From Nature magazine: Cities need heat governance to plan for extreme »

Global Warming? Not Lately

Featured image Global warming hysteria marches on. It is all around us, reinforced every time it is hot somewhere, or perhaps even when it is cold (e.g., the recent record cold temperatures in Antarctica), or when it is too wet or, equally, too dry. If you didn’t know better, you would think from press accounts that global warming is an accomplished fact. But the reality is quite different. In recent years, whatever »