Green Weenie Award

Green Weenie of the Week—A Tie!

Featured image As Scott noted this morning, David Burge (better known perhaps as “Iowahawk”) has introduced a competing award to Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie. His is the Grand Carbonator Award, but just as the Oscars have the People’s Choice Awards and other competitors, and the Nobel Prize has to compete with the MacArthur “Dunce” Awards*, there is plenty of room for other awards in this domain. We haven’t given out as »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Opera House?

Featured image Keen competition once again for Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award. PETA, the animal rights wackos, made a strong bid with a Tweet on the birthday of the late, beloved Australian naturalist Steve Irwin that was totally tone deaf even for the fanatics of PETA. The occasion was Google deciding to note Irwin’s birthday with their daily doodle: But then there’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, because of course she is. You may »

The Green New Deal and Gerundive Government [Updated]

Featured image I doubt America’s industrial capacity is sufficient to produce all of the Green Weenie Awards that the Green New Deal, unveiled today in Washington, will deserve. Before getting to some of the details (or lack thereof) I want to take note of the style of this “legislation” as an example of the modern liberal mind at work. The modern liberal mind runs on gerunds—verbs made into nouns with the “-ing” »

Most Colossal Green Weenie of All Time: The Green New Deal

Featured image Okay, I’m managing to stifle my non-stop laughter at the “Green New Deal,” sobered partly by the realization that our coveted Green Weenie Award is not big enough to cover the serial madness that will be the Green New Deal once the specifics of it start to take shape in actual legislative proposals. Right now it is at the vague generalization stage. Except that environmentalists are making clear what they »

Green Weenie of the Week: Nuclear War Will Save Us!

Featured image As I suggested in my latest Loose Ends post earlier today, our standards for giving out one of our highly coveted Green Weenie Awards have been significantly raised. You can’t get one any more just for proposing a Green New Deal or something economically illiterate. You have to do a lot better than that. Like Samuel Miller-McDonald, who writes at The Trouble today that perhaps the only hope for avoiding »

Green Weenie of the Week: Jerry’s Kids, or Kerry’s Lids?

Featured image Competition for Power Line’s Green Weenie Award this week is the most intense it has ever been. This week the climatistas are holding a climate hootenanny in San Francisco call the “Global Climate Action Summit,” whose carbon footprint remains unstated as of the moment. And in the same week that Gov. Jerry Brown, the summit’s host, signed into law a King Canute-style bill requiring California to get 100 percent of »

Green Weenie Grilled, Served with Old Bay

Featured image Last week our coveted Green Weenie Award went to the silly critters at PETA for protesting crabs cakes. . . in Baltimore. Someone in Baltimore has settled the matter: Heh. Meanwhile, that same Green Weenie Award was also granted because of PETA’s efforts to liberate the animals on the boxes of Animal Crackers. Apparently the critters at Vox are jealous of PETA’s multiple Green Weenie Awards from Power Line, as »

Green Weenie of the Week: PETA. Again

Featured image I’ve been on airplanes most of the week, and several of the flights the internet was down completely, while on the others the internet “worked” with all the blazing speed and connectivity of 1995 dial-up. So I’ve been out of touch more or less. Anything happening this week? What did I miss?  Oh . . . Really? That happened? (It really helps to have the odd talent of being able »

Green Weenie of the Week: The DNC Reverses Itself

Featured image Back in June we awarded our coveted Green Weenie Award to the Democratic National Committee, which bravely announced that it would no longer accept campaign contributions from oil, gas, and coal companies, or their employees. The resolution for this move was offered by Christine Pelosi, daughter of You Know Who, who declared that “This is going to be the way that we ask people to make some clear choices, so voters »

Green Weenie Time

Featured image The ranks of Green Weenie Award contenders this week is longer than usual, but it looks like some of the greenies of Colorado will come out on top. Turns out that Starbucks, which can’t seem to do anything right these days, has put out a series of coffee mugs that have images depicting aspects of each of the 50 states. But woe unto their Colorado mug: it includes the images »

Green Weenie of the Week: New York Times

Featured image This one is a layup of course, but still you knew this was coming didn’t you: By now, it’s well known that their [the boys in the cave] predicament was caused by rising floodwaters in the cave. What is less known is that the pattern of precipitation that ensnared them is in keeping with broader changes to the region’s seasonal monsoon that researchers have attributed to climate change. Except that »

Green Weenie of the Week: “Petro-Masculinity”??

Featured image I know the leftist theory of “intersectionality” explains everything, but this article, from Millennium: Journal of International Studies, by professor Cara Daggett of Virginia Tech University, really takes the custom-baked cake: Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire Cara Daggett Abstract As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates »

Green Weenie of the Week: Al-Sha— Wait, Who?

Featured image I thought this had to be a headline from The Onion, but apparently this is an actual, real-life news story: The Somali terror group al-Shabaab, known for deadly attacks on thousands of people across east Africa, has banned plastic bags because of the threat they pose to the environment. Al-Shabaab’s radio station, Radio Andalus, broadcast news of the ban was announced on Sunday, saying discarded plastic bags “pose a serious threat to »

Green Weenie of the Week: Meatheads

Featured image You know how the leading edge of environmental scolding targets beef, because caw farts and water and alfalfa and something something. Lately there has ben considerable research, and early stage production, of artificial meat. (Winston Churchill predicted this, by the way, in his 1931 essay “Fifty Years Hence”: “Synthetic food will, of course, also be used in the future. Nor need the pleasures of the table be banished. That gloomy »

Green Weenie of the Week: The DNC

Featured image How totally brave of the Democratic National Committee: DNC Quietly Adopts Ban on Fossil Fuel Company Donations The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned. The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter ― bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate political action committees tied to the oil, gas and »

Green Weenie of the Week: Batteries!

Featured image In a recent debate with a Kommitted Klimatista, my interlocutor remarked proudly on a hotel he had invested in whose energy is completely supplied by solar power. Knowing that the sun actually goes down and stops supplying electrons, I asked the obvious question: “So, is the hotel disconnected from the grid?” You don’t need to guess what the answer was, and why the claim that any building is “100 percent »

Green Weenie of the Week: Madam Hillary

Featured image No sooner do I throw up my hands in despair of finding new and plausible winners of Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award (we don’t give these out to just anybody, you know: there’s a rigorous review committee) than we get an obvious winner: Madam Hillary herself. You know the old joke about how the liberal media would cover the end of the world: “World To End Tomorrow: Women and »