Environment

The Great Reset (1)

Featured image My county out here in Krazifornia ostentatiously banned single-use plastic bags back in 2012, to “save the planet” naturally. So I whooped a whoop of joy through my mask when the local grocery store bagged my haul in plastic bags over the weekend. My guess is plastic bags will be back for good. The aftermath of the virus crisis is going to change a lot of things—a process I’m calling »

Michael Moore Heresy Watch (2)

Featured image There’s not much new to report on the fuss on the left over the Michael Moore anti-renewable energy film “Planet of the Humans,” but as a public service I just have to share the agony of The Nation magazine, which today published this delicious headline and primal scream: Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore Like many of Moore’s fans, I thought, “Cool, how timely!” Trump is »

Michael Moore Heresy Watch (Cont’d)

Featured image The environmentalist freakout about Michael Moore’s new film “Planet of the Humans” continues. The Guardian reports today about demands that the “dangerous” film be “taken down” and suppressed: Planet of the Humans has provoked a furious reaction from scientists and campaigners, however, who have called for it be taken down. Films for Action, an online library of videos, temporarily took down the film after describing it as “full of misinformation”, »

Civil War on the Left: Michael Moore Against the Greens

Featured image As John has already noted, the environmental left (aka, “the left”) is losing its lunch about the new Michael Moore-produced documentary “Planet of the Humans.” I have seen the the whole thing, and you might want to take it in, too, if you have 90 minutes to spare. If not, I have prepared a 10-minute highlight reel below that has a few (but only a very few!) of the best »

The Power Line Show, Ep 182: Earth Day at 50, with Terry Anderson

Featured image It’s Earth Day today—and not just any old Earth Day, but the 50th anniversary. It’s passing rather more quietly than in many previous years because the coronavirus crisis is eclipsing everything at the moment. But a lot has changed since the first Earth Day. Not only is the environment in the United States, and in most places around the world, in much better condition than it was in 1970, but »

Rando-Democracy Bites France

Featured image William Buckley famously said that he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard University. I share the sentiment. But in France, an exercise in random democracy is not faring well. President Macron’s attempt to appease yellow-vest protesters has saddled him with radical ecological policy proposals likely to further damage the wobbling French economy. I don’t claim to understand »

Tom Steyer filled a non-existent void

Featured image Until Tom Steyer came along, I believe John Connally held the record for least bang for the buck among aspirants for the presidency. Connally spent around $11 million in his 1980 campaign and secured the support of only one delegate, Ada Mills of Clarksville, Arkansas. She became known as the “$11 million delegate”. Steyer smashed Connally’s record. Reportedly, he spent $158 million on TV and radio adds. Yet, I believe »

Warren ducks cameras as she gets off private jet

Featured image It’s a ritual. After the Iowa caucuses, those with a “ticket out,” and those who just want to prolong the agony, fly to New Hampshire to campaign. Elizabeth Warren, who has half a ticket out, followed this practice. She did so by private jet. Nothing wrong with that. There are probably few, if any, direct commercial flights from anywhere in Iowa to anywhere in New Hampshire. Anyway, after an exhausting »

Trump at Davos: Apocalypse not now

Featured image President Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos today. The White House has posted the text of his remarks here. Trump rejected the takeover of our lives in the name of “saving the planet,” as the left modestly formulates its messianic efforts: [T]o embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s »

The Renewable Portfolio Scam

Featured image Twenty-nine states have adopted renewable portfolio standards that require utilities to get a specified percentage of power from wind and solar sources. (I believe some enlightened jurisdictions include hydro power; I am not sure whether any include nuclear, as they obviously should. But there is no money to be had there.) This video from the Clear Energy Alliance explains why such standards are extraordinarily expensive and do zero good. But »

Climate Confessions and Liberal Voodoo

Featured image It would take a better psychologist than I am to untangle the liberal mind. For some reason, liberals are wracked by guilt, convinced that they are somehow destroying our planet, even though the scientific evidence is all to the contrary. So they engage in a sort of voodoo: ritual behavior intended to ward off evils, even though there is no rational basis to believe that there is any connection. NBC »

What’s the Environmental Crisis?

Featured image Liberals think that an increase of a few ppm in a trace gas like carbon dioxide is an environmental crisis, even though it has no apparent effect on the environment. (Don’t get me started on “extreme weather events.”) On the other hand, there are parts of the U.S. where the environment, in very practical ways, is in steep decline. Like San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Environmental »

The Environmental Fiasco of Wind Energy

Featured image Wind turbines only last for around 20 years, so many of them are now wearing out. That raises serious questions about disposal of defunct wind turbine parts. The turbines’ giant blades are not recyclable, so they must be dumped in landfills. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports on one South Dakota landfill that is saying no mas to wind turbine blades: [T]he Argus Leader reports that more than 100 wind »

The Left Discovers Eco-Fascism

Featured image How charming: the left has belatedly discovered something conservatives have known for 50 years or more—that environmentalism, especially in its dominant ideological forms, is prone to fascism. Remember that “environmentalism” very quickly replaced “ecology”—the more generic scientific term—not long after the first Earth Day in 1970. Keep in mind that the left was initially indifferent or even hostile to “the ecology craze” (as some leftist critics called it at the »

“Green” Energy Is Sinister

Featured image We conservatives tend to argue that “green” energy (wind and solar) is unreliable, inefficient, expensive, and virtually useless, even if we accept the climate change gospel*. But the truth is worse than that. Far from being well-intentioned, as most assume, “green” energy is the great corporate scam of our age. And green energy is not kind to the Earth as school children are taught. Rather, wind and solar are terrible »

Climate Solution? Trees

Featured image CO2 is plant food, which is why the Earth is getting greener as the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increases. This is a negative feedback, since the more plant life, the more CO2 gets absorbed. Planting more trees has long been offered as a potential solution to CO2-induced global warming, and the Clear Energy Alliance notes a new study that argues planting large numbers of trees can neutralize man-made »

The Most Influential Research of 2019

Featured image I have written a couple of times about a paper titled “Doubling Down on Failure” which was published by Center of the American Experiment, the policy organization that I run, in March. The paper exposes the real costs of “green” energy and is, I think, enormously important. First, though, a Power Line note: “Doubling Down on Failure” builds on an earlier American Experiment paper, “Energy Policy in Minnesota: The High »