The Daily Chart: Energy Starvation & Real Starvation

Featured image The latest thing from the climatistas (John Kerry in particular) is that we have to give up modern agriculture, which has been a disaster in the countries that have tried this like Sri Lanka. Our pal Steve Moore reminds us that at the end of last year the Biden climatistas were claiming climate change would threaten crop yields: Someone at the Department of Agriculture didn’t get the memo. Here’s their »

The Daily Chart: $99 Trillion in Climate Reparations?

Featured image You didn’t actually think the leftist drive for “reparations” would end only with blacks did you? “Reparations” is merely the latest slogan for the perennial leftist dream of wholesale wealth confiscation and redistribution, and whatever tool comes to hand will be used. So of course there is a mounting call for “climate reparations,” ostensibly paid by fossil fuel companies, but of course that means in practice you and me and »

“Our Children Will Never See Snow”

Featured image The scientific method works as follows: 1) You come up with a hypothesis. 2) You look for the implications of the hypothesis. What will be the case if the hypothesis is true, but will not be the case if the hypothesis is wrong? 3) You carry out observations or run experiments to find out whether the facts implied by the hypothesis do or do not obtain. 4) If you find »

Sheldon Whitehouse plays Elmer Fudd

Featured image Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a fool. He nevertheless thinks extremely highly of himself. His vanity is only one component of his clown show. To borrow a line from Bob Dylan’s “Idiot Wind,” it’s a wonder he still knows how to breathe. Heritage Foundation scholar Diana Furchtgott-Roth contributed the latest episode in Whitehouse’s long-running Looney Tunes saga when she testified on Wednesday before the Senate Budget Committee on “the real price »

From First Republic to Old Republic

Featured image Well, First Republic Bank finally went down the drain today after circling it for several weeks. I wonder if these kinds of things might have had anything to do with it: The irony here is that First Republic is going to be acquired by J.P. Morgan. And it was Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan’s CEO, who signaled most directly that the move to force banks to stop financing fossil fuel production »

Latest Stunt of the Krazy Klimate Klowns

Featured image As you know, the eco-fascist wing of the climate campaign has been blocking roadways, defacing artwork and gluing themselves to museum walls and exhibits, and otherwise being a “performative” nuisance. I fully suspect they will begin sabotage of pipelines, gas stations, electrical substations (if they haven’t already in several instances in the U.S.). But for now, the new frontier for Klimate Klown exhibitionism is . . . snooker tournaments: 🧡 »

Climate Change Dingers

Featured image As everyone knows, the increase in home runs a couple decades back was due mostly to steroid use, but it turns out that all major league sluggers need for their home run totals to soar is more carbon dioxide emissions. I wish we could say we’re making this up: Baseball Home Runs Are Increasing Thanks to Climate Change, Study Says In a paper published Friday in the Bulletin of the »

How to Handle a Senate Demagogue

Featured image It is hard to single out the most egregious demagogue in the U.S. Senate, but near or at the top of my list is Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. He likes to blast “dark money” even though Democrats by far receive more so-called “dark money” than conservatives or Republicans. (I’m updating my periodic Lexicon of Political Terms accordingly, to reflect that “dark money” means “donations from the private sector that »

Who Killed English Literature?

Featured image English majors are fast disappearing from our colleges and universities, and with good reason. Here’s a current summer course offering from Johns Hopkins University: Climate Fiction and Capitalist Accumulation – AS.060.186 This course will examine the relationship between capitalist accumulation, the climate crisis, and contemporary climate fiction. What is capitalist accumulation? How has this process led to the contemporary climate crisis? What ideas constitute its ideological apparatus? How do contemporary »

Biggest Victim of SVB Collapse? The Climate, Of Course

Featured image You can’t make this up, though of course you can, because everything reduces to climate change these days, except for when it can be reduced to racism, but so far the narrative makers haven’t been able to come up with the racism angle to the SVB collapse. (I predict we’ll see it by the end of the week.) Death of a Climate Bank What hasn’t received as much attention is »

“Low Confidence” Indeed

Featured image Herewith an omnibus post on the climate and energy scene for today (though I could do this at the top of each hour every day): • Did you notice how the mainstream media rushed to mention that the Department of Energy assigned “low confidence” to their finding that COVID-19 likely originated from a lab leak in Wuhan? How come the mainstream media never mentions the “low confidence” scientists often assign »

The attack on Steven Koonin

Featured image Reason has posted statistician Aaron Brown’s excellent column “The shameless attack on a climate change dissenter.” The “dissenter” is Steven F. Koonin, a University Professor at New York University with appointments in the Stern School of Business, the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Department of Physics. He served in the Energy Department under the Obama administration (“where his portfolio included the climate research program and energy technology strategy”) and »

After last night

Featured image I thought the flight of the Chinese spy balloon across the United States was a national embarrassment, but it was nothing compared to President Biden’s State of the Union performance last night. I thought he hit the high point with his congratulation of Kevin McCarthy for ascending to the Speakership in the first few seconds of his speech. The speed of the descent varied, but it was downhill all the »

Prediction vs. Measurement

Featured image Every day, the agenda-driven press cranks out hundreds of articles about our rapidly warming planet. But is the Earth, in fact, warming rapidly? Or warming at all? At Watts Up With That, Christopher Monckton points out that the facts don’t support the hype: There has been no trend in the UAH global mean lower-troposphere temperature anomalies since September 2014: 8 years 5 months and counting. As always, the New Pause »

Letting China Off the Hook

Featured image China is the world’s number one emitter of carbon dioxide. If you take the Left’s global warming hysteria seriously, nothing can be done without China (and also India) drastically curbing their emissions. If everyone in North America dropped dead, it would do no measurable good for the world’s climate, if you believe the Leftists’ numbers. So if liberals were really serious about climate change, they would be looking hard at »

Blind Pig : Acorn :: John Kerry : Truth

Featured image If John Kerry’s lips are moving, you can be pretty sure he is saying something that isn’t true. But miracles happen: at Davos on Tuesday, Kerry blurted out the truth. Maybe because it was on a subject that is close to his heart, money. Legal Insurrection reports: In his remarks, Kerry also spoke about the task of keeping the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius alive. “So, »

It’s Always About Power

Featured image Many of our major cities today face out of control homelessness, rising crime, a collapsed central business district because of COVID, and poor public schools. But many of our mayors know what to do about . . . climate change. The midwits at Axios report on a poll of mayors asking what “tools” they want to fight climate change. Guess what? They want more power. Who could have seen that »