Environment

Pearl Harbor day for the lawless EPA

Featured image Donald Trump’s administration will not be an entirely orthodox conservative affair. The Carrier deal so demonstrates. However, Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA demonstrates that, in important respects, the Trump administration will likely be more conservative than that of George H.W. and George W. Bush, and more conservative than a John McCain or Mitt Romney administration probably would have been. William Reilly was the EPA administrator under »

Three more Trump selections

Featured image President-elect Trump has made at least three more selections for top-level jobs. Gen. John Kelly is his pick to head the Department of Homeland Secretary. Trump has also chosen Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the EPA and Iowa governor Terry Branstad to be the U.S. ambassador to China. Pruitt’s selection will cause liberals the most heartburn. As the attorney general of his state, he has led the fight »

Stick This in Your Pipeline

Featured image The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure projects—especially oil and gas pipelines—with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits. Naturally environmentalists have to lie about the whole matter, »

Freaks at the EPA Freak Out

Featured image It’s not just the college campuses that need grief counseling at the moment. Apparently greenies at the EPA are also in need of Play Doh, plush toys, and such. From E&E News: There’s been angst and even some tears for federal workers at EPA and other agencies after Donald Trump won the White House. U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees »

Cosmopolitan Environmentalism?

Featured image It’s not often we look to Cosmopolitan magazine for anything other than yoga routines and gourmet recipes (sarc alert). So who would have thought that you’d find something sensible—extremely sensible—about the environment in Cosmo. But Power Line tries to cover all the relevant media, and the current issue of Cosmo indeed features “8 Signs You’re Not the Environmentalist You Think You Are.” Some highlights from their eight points: It’s a »

Today’s Happy Climate News!

Featured image I can’t decide whether this story is proof that climate change isn’t all gloom-and-doom all the time, or whether climate change is just one more aspect of the Oppressive Patriarchy. From Science Daily: Climate change will see some males get sexier A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it’s all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population »

Epic Greenfail of the Day

Featured image I hate to pile on the our earnest scientists trying to save the earth, and I’ve already given out a Green Weenie today, but this story is just too irresistible: Satellite tagging caused northwest orca’s fatal infection National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a male orca died due to an infection at the site where it had been satellite-tagged. An expert panel says a dart tag deployed on endangered Puget »

Reviving Religious Tests for Public Office

Featured image Article VI of the Constitution contains the clause that reads, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This is was the first time that any nation had explicitly rejected religious discrimination (Britain under the Toleration Act still maintained numerous religious tests to be a member of the government.) Apparently Leo DiCaprio wishes to junk this provision of »

The Next Environmental Scare?

Featured image It’s been a parlor game for a while to decide what apocalyptic scare environmental doom mongers would come up with once climate change settles down into a normal problem. I’ve been nominating the weakening of the polar magnetic fields, which would be a Really Bad Thing for life on the planet. Sooner or later some environmentalist will blame mankind’s electrical grid for this potential calamity. (Think of the cell phone »

A Narrow Shade of Green

Featured image If a major industrial area succeeded in eliminating all coal-fired electric power in a relatively short period of time, you’d think environmentalists would be celebrating, wouldn’t you? That’s the question Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen, authors of Climate Gamble, are asking: A historic moment in the fight against climate change took place in April 2014. A coal plant in Ontario, the biggest province in Canada, burned what was promised to be »

Headline I Never Thought I’d See

Featured image This is not from The Onion. From the CBS News affiliate in San Francisco: Cow Fart Regulations Approved By California’s Legislature SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases. The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 42: A Rising Star on the Right

Featured image I’ve done another of my “rogue” solo podcasts this week with someone I think is a rising star among conservative writers and thinkers—Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. This week he has a terrifically fun piece up at National Review about how lefties are opposing a carbon tax proposal in Washington state because it doesn’t grow government enough, proving once again that many lefties will never let the good get »

Greenfail Number–What Are We Up To Now? Ethanol

Featured image From the Telegraph, a report on a new study that finds “Biofuels are ‘worse than petrol’ for the environment.” “Green” biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are in fact worse for the environment than petrol, a landmark new study has found. This, of course, assumes that emitting CO2 is bad. The alternative energy source has long been praised for being carbon-neutral because the plants it is made from absorb carbon »

A Whole New Meaning of “Green” Olympics

Featured image I’m not getting in a lot of viewing of the Rio Olympics—actually, none at all—but I gather the Rio folks wanted to be “green” in the conventional environmental way. But it looks like maybe they’ve taken it a bit too far: the swimming pools are turning green from algae: As reported in the Daily Mail, the Olympic organizers “don’t know what happened,” but suspect that strong ultra-violet radiation of the »

Behold the Power of Power Line

Featured image I’m still digging out from two long weeks in Washington DC teaching two concentrated summer school courses, so I’m slow catching up with everything going on at the Republican convention. John and I mulled over the idea of attending the convention with press credentials, but decided against it. But maybe we should have turned up. PoliticoPro (subscription only) reported this yesterday: GOP platform aims to turn EPA into commission By »

Frack This

Featured image About a year ago there was the usual fanfare about a new study that purported to show that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas led to unsafe levels of local air pollution and increased cancer risk. Newsweek covered it, for example: Living near to active fracking sites could increase the risk of cancer as the process harmful chemicals into the air, a new study has found. Researchers from Oregon State »

Follow the Science, They Say

Featured image When it comes to the climate uber alles crowd, environmentalists insist we “follow the science.” Well let’s see whether Greenpeace follows this science. This morning in Washington DC there will be a press conference where a petition by 107 Nobel laureate scientists will call on Greenpeace to cease its reactionary opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Washington Post reports: 107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs By »