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Emergency, Biden style

Featured image The presidency of Joe Biden has brought on a series of emergencies since the first day of his administration: the erasure of our southern border and a horde of illegal immigrants. Historic levels of inflation. The suppression of our homegrown energy production. The demoralization of the armed forces. New lows in gender dysphoria and the culture wars. All this in 18 months and we’ve only just begun. Yet Biden rattles »

The apocalypse this time

Featured image I believe in the climate, but I am a climate apocalypse denier. Do the apocalypse believers really believe? The politicians make me wonder. They don’t appear to live their lives one bit differently than the rest of us — except insofar as they do so on a far greater scale of indulgence and luxury than we can imagine. The apocalypse believers are living out something like the state of mind »

Green Fanaticism In the Netherlands

Featured image It isn’t just the U.S.: around the world “green” fanatics are destroying livelihoods and dragging down standards of living. This instance comes from the Netherlands: “Dutch farmers protest livestock cuts to curb nitrogen.” In one of their largest-ever demonstrations, the farmers demanded the scrapping of recently announced plans by the Hague-based government, which could see a 30 percent reduction in livestock. The Netherlands, the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter… I was »

Abolish the Supreme Court?

Featured image Liberals are gnashing their teeth over today’s decision by the Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA, in which the Court found that Congress has not delegated to the EPA power to reduce CO2 emissions by rearranging the country’s electricity producing system. The case, and the Left’s reaction to it, have several interesting features. First, the Court has erected a barrier, at least in this instance, against the seemingly inexorable »

Roberts rules

Featured image Can the left amp up the hysteria past 11 to 12 or 13? The Supreme Court ruled against the EPA this morning in a 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice Roberts. The case is West Virginia v. EPA. Politico offers this brief summary: The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to President Joe Biden’s climate strategy, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has only limited authority to regulate carbon dioxide »

Hot Enough For You?

Featured image Each summer, whenever there is a heat wave, we are likely to see headlines touting the weather as evidence of global warming. But what do the data actually look like if you take a historical perspective? This Watts Up With That post provides a good overview of U.S. heat wave data. Here are some of the charts. This is from the EPA, the U.S. Annual Heat Wave Index from 1895-2020: »

Nitwit Climatista of the Week

Featured image You may have heard brief mention of a massacre in a Catholic Church a few days ago in Nigeria that killed more than 50 people at latest count. It’s the latest terror attack in Nigeria that appears to have been committed by adherents of that well-known “religion of peace.” The president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, issued a statement deploring the massacre, which he attributed to . . . climate change. »

The madness of slow Joe: Sun king edition

Featured image The mad scientists whom Gulliver discovered in Laputa had an interesting project. They sought to extract sunlight from cucumbers. The mad scientists have nothing on slow Joe, the president of the United States. We are in the middle of a historic rise in the price of gasoline. Prices are rising so fast that, if you didn’t fill up your car yesterday, you’ll be paying more for the privilege today. And »

Climate Risk and Wall Street Meet Cancel Culture

Featured image As we know, the climatistas have enjoyed great success in getting Wall Street (and big business generally) to drink the climate Kool Aid, and to declare climate to be an investment risk that must be quantified somehow. Stuart Kirk, head of “responsible investing” for HSBC, gave a presentation at a Financial Times “Live Moral Money Summit Europe” a few days ago in which he shredded the climatista claim about financial »

Weakening of Warming, or Cooling Trend?

Featured image At Watts Up With That, Fritz Vahrenholt comments on recent temperature and CO2 data: [A] weakening of the warming trend of the last 40 years is apparent. The temperature curve of the satellite-based measurements of the University of Alabama UAH has been oscillating between -0.2 and 0.4 degrees for 20 years and seems to have remained stable since 2015, as shown in the next graph in the enlargement. (Source: woodfortrees). »

The Newest Climate Criminals: Oncologists?

Featured image We may have reached peak climatista absurdity with this article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Prescriptions for Mitigating Climate Change–Related Externalities in Cancer Care: A Surgeon’s Perspective Abstract In April 2021, President Biden pledged to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% relative to 2005 levels by 2030. This ambitious agenda will inevitably require significant changes across the breadth of the United States economy, including the health care »

Climatistas’ Bank Heist Defeated

Featured image From Climatewire (a subscription service, so no link) today: Climate-concerned investors were drubbed yesterday in their first bid to push Wall Street banks to end financial support for new fossil fuel development. . . Activist shareholder groups filed climate resolutions this year at six of the largest U.S. investment banks. The resolutions call on the firms to back their long-term climate commitments with policies that would ensure they do not »

Where Has All the Arctic Ice Gone?

Featured image American kids are taught in elementary school that Arctic sea ice is melting at an alarming rate and soon will be gone. And it is all our fault, as humans have magically assumed control over the Earth’s ever-changing climate. In fact, the Earth’s climate has always fluctuated rather widely, and we have been living in a relatively cool era by modern, post-Ice Age standards. Global temperatures in recent millennia have »

A case of the Romps

Featured image Berkeley’s David Romps is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science (“Join us! Become a leading expert on climate change”) and faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I found his performance in response to Steven Koonin’s presentation the state of climate science sponsored by Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department this past Friday to be revealing in its own way. I thought Romps ought to have a »

Koonin suffers Romps

Featured image Several readers kindly directed me to the YouTube video of Professor Steven Koonin’s presentation on the state of climate science sponsored by Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department this past Friday. The video is posted here. The event featuring Koonin’s presentation paired Professor Koonin with Berkeley’s own Professor David Romps. The Nuclear Engineering Department promoted the event and profiled the participants here. Steve Hayward called attention to the event here. The event »

Deep secrets of climate change

Featured image Triggered by Steve Hayward’s fantastic CRB review “Who broke climate science?,” I went looking for a video of Steven Koonin’s presentation on climate science at Berkeley this past Friday. I had no luck finding a video of the Koonin presentation, but I didn’t come away empty-handed. With a little help from my algorithms I found Richard Lindzen’s quick take on “climate change” in the edited 2010 Boston Globe video below. »

Last-Minute Announcement: Steve Koonin at 3 pm Today

Featured image A couple days ago we posted in “Picks” my review (“Who Broke Climate Science“) of Steven Koonin’s terrific recent book Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, now out from behind the paywall at the Claremont Review of Books. I have neglected to pass along that Dr. Koonin is speaking today at the Nuclear Physics Lab at UC Berkeley at 3 pm Pacific. It is »