The Daily Chart

The Daily Chart: Wood You Believe. . .

Featured image You likely have seen the meme showing a lit candle with the question, “What did environmentalists use for light before candles?” Answer: “Electricity.” This quip comes back to mind with the first chart here showing that for all the talk of the growing share of “renewable” energy (meaning chiefly wind and solar), the overwhelming majority of “renewable” energy is actually hydropower (which environmentalists oppose in the U.S.—in fact many state »

The Daily Chart: Take Your Lithium

Featured image John pointed out here yesterday the fantasy of battery storage, but here is another look at the problem. The belief that we’re going to make intermittent wind and solar power “work” by having massive amounts of battery storage depends on fantastic assumptions of future battery production. The amount of lithium—the current main ingredient of our best technology at the moment—necessary for these projections is depicted vividly here: »

The Daily Chart: Sweden, After All

Featured image New data from the OECD settles an argument that raged from the first days of the COVID hysteria: Sweden’s decision not to lockdown turns out to have been the correct one. The OECD’s calculation of total excess deaths from all causes (since COVID lockdowns increased other causes of death) was the lowest in the developed world, as seen here: While we’re here, let’s note that a certain person beloved for »

The Daily Chart: Dang-Nabbit!

Featured image I can’t really vouch for this “fever” chart format, because I don’t have the raw data. But it kind of matches the regional differences in the use of “soda” and “pop” to describe fizzy carbonated soft drinks. And it makes some intuitive sense. »

The Daily Chart: Climate Deaths?

Featured image I know we have previously shared data on the sharp downward trend in climate-related deaths over the last century, which is exactly the opposite of what the climate hysterics and their stenographers in the media claim daily. I think we used this chart before: Here’s a new look at the data worth passing along: Meanwhile, you know the leading climate-related case of death is? Cold weather, especially when you can’t »

The Daily Chart: World Cup Half Empty?

Featured image I gather there is some kind of supposedly significant metric football competition happening some godforsaken place that rhymes with gutter. And like the Olympics, this quadrennial spectacle is a huge money-loser for the host country or city. The chart below displays the costs and revenues, showing not only the soaring costs to host, but the shortfalls most of the time. But this chart omits one key variable—the amount of graft »

The Daily Chart: The Musk Effect

Featured image These does seem to be a lot of circumstantial evidence that Twitter discriminated against conservatives before Musk took it over, and hopefully we’ll see some hard evidence emerge from Musk’s declared intent to release internal communications about, for example, the ban on news about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election. This chart does add to the view that Twitter had tilted the playing field: »

The Daily Chart: The Farmland Bubble?

Featured image I recall that back in the 1980s, when all the certified “experts” said that Japan would overtake America as the world’s largest economy by 2010, Japanese investors were buying American farmland (also urban real estate such as Rockefeller Center and marquee properties like the golf course at Pebble Beach—later sold back at steep losses). Now I hear that the Chinese are buying a lot of farmland. I don’t know what »

The Daily Chart: Latest SAT Scores by Race

Featured image From Mark Perry, the latest SAT scores by race. No wonder elite colleges are racing to get rid of the SAT, LSAT, and other aptitude tests (which the higher education establishment initially invented), and are turning on the idea of meritocracy itself. »

The Daily Chart: Partisan Industries

Featured image This breakdown of how members of the two political parties regard individual industries is revealing of how deep our ideological divisions run. Some areas of division are not surprising (media, higher education, entertainment, oil & gas), but. . . trucking? Manufacturing? (Also, somewhat curious that Democrats are only half as negative about tobacco as Republicans. . .) Bonus chart: this division on industry-group campaign contributions is not surprising, but also »

The Daily Chart: Thanksgiving Sides

Featured image I am skeptical of the data for this chart but if it is accurate at all, I’d clearly prefer to have my turkey fest in the southeastern states, because mac & cheese, which need no justification. Though I admit being tempted by Alaska’s unique choice. (I wonder, do Alaskan Thanksgiving diners use ranked-choice to decide their sides?) »

The Daily Chart: Winter Blues Indeed

Featured image So Buffalo received—check notes—seven feet of lake effect snow last weekend? And it is not even Thanksgiving yet? The northeast has been hoping and praying for a mild winter because energy costs have soared to appease the climate cult, and as this charts shows, areas dependent on old-fashioned heating oil are facing and expensive winter indeed. If only there was a cheap supply of natural gas nearby. . . »

The Daily Chart: Off to the Races

Featured image We’ve previously displayed the soaring trend lines for mentions of racism and its correlates (“white supremacy,” etc) before, but as usual it appears the media took its cues from academia and the book world: »

The Daily Chart: Trading Places

Featured image Everyone knows China has become the trade powerhouse in the world, but this before-and-after comparison of how fully China has displaced the United States as the world’s leading trading partner over the last 20 years is still sobering. (Go Finland!) »

The Daily Chart: Silicon Valley’s Political Leanings

Featured image Maybe the news of massive layoffs at at leading Silicon Valley tech companies is good news for the Republican Party. Herewith: »

The Daily Chart: Greenies Need to Take More Lithium

Featured image So we’re supposed to make the transition to an all-electric future, with our homes, cars and factories all powered by “renewable” sources, and stored in batteries for when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine. Never mind the “nameplate” capacity factors for wind and solar—have any of the “green energy” advocates done some elementary math on how much more lithium we’ll need to scale up batteries? Here’s one »

The Daily Chart: The Electric Car Partisan Divide

Featured image Is there a partisan divide over electric cars? Turns out there is: This should not greatly surprise anyone though. Just as Republicans are more economically literate than Democrats, they are also more energy literate, too. »