Cow Flatulence No Longer a Laughing Matter

 

We all giggled, guffawed, or groaned at the Green New Deal’s line about cow flatulence causing the end of the world. We wiped up the coffee we had spewed over our phone or keyboard. Then we went about our lives as if this was not a clear and present danger.

Well, the dairy farmers of Wisconsin, the state built on (dairy cow) cheese and beer, are not laughing now. No farmer across this country should be in anything but full fight mode now. There is no flight option. John Hinderaker of PowerLine Blog has the story [emphasis added]:

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The news from San Francisco is pretty grim these days what with the EPA filing a complaint against the city for contaminating the bay with filthy runoff from their streets. Which brings me to ask how people who live here can stand this. Why is nothing being done? How can they stand to walk the […]

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Life on Planet Thunberg

 

Without a doubt, it is a major challenge to accurately model and predict the course of climate change. Climate systems are highly chaotic, which makes it difficult to figure out the effect of any particular natural or human event on future climate changes. We should, therefore, proceed with caution before making bold claims that the main, or even sole, driver of climate change is the human-generated increase in the carbon dioxide level, which now is approaching 415 parts per million.

But today’s activists are in crisis mode. The 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg’s recent calls for action sparked thousands of students to skip classes last month in order to fight a global climate “emergency.” These students are long on indignation, but short on solutions. They are content to implore today’s business, political, and social elites to come up with a solution before it is all too late—after all, these activists claim, in ten years we could all be dead.

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The appearance of Greta Thunberg at the UN made me think of the Ayn Rand essay The Comprachicos that these days appears in the collection of essays The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, originally published as The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. In that essay Rand likened left wing educators to the monsters of […]

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No, this isn’t a post about the Nirvana song. We keep hearing about how we’re going to run out of oil, so we have to switch to electric cars, which rely heavily on lithium in their batteries. It made me ask a simple question: Are we at some point going to run out of lithium […]

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The Smoothie Consistency Act of 2020

 

There seem to be two kinds of stories out of California cities these days: filth and forbiddance.

As for the first, there’s the encampments of the dispossessed, whose population is allowed to roam the streets in the grip of mental illness, and cannot be sent to a place for treatment because “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” taught us those places are run by sadistic nurses who do not understand how the patient’s illnesses are actually searing commentaries on society. Or the homeless people somehow got addicted to drugs – the details are an absolute mystery – and are thus entitled to shoot up anywhere, because prohibiting someone from jamming a spike in a vein in a playground would have a disparate impact on people who are economically marginalized and struggling with addiction. We can’t commit them to give them treatment, because they have to work this out on their own; the best thing to do is to provide free needles and safe injection locations, where they can incrementally destroy themselves in private, out of sight.

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The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking

 

This is a very good read though it is very long but well worth reading. It is a comprehensive critique of why “renewables” are never going to work as currently thought of in terms of revolutionizing energy use (solar, wind, batteries). It explains that there are definite obstacles based in physics to how efficient current technologies can be and will not be capable of revolutionizing energy. It does not argue that the quest is futile. It does argue that where government funding is centered will not achieve the desired results.

From the executive summary:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are surprised to see prominent Trump critics David Brooks and John Kasich saying Democrats are moving way too quickly on impeachment. They also get a big laugh out of New York Times podcast host Michael Barbaro demanding that people leave the children of political […]

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How Not to Save the Planet

 

Several times a month when I’m driving south on Interstate 35 to go to work, I see something like this plodding along in the other direction:

By Alexi Kostibas from Anywhere – Windmill Blade on I-35, CC BY-SA 2.0.

That is a single blade for our primary renewable energy generator: Windmills. What is not shown are the other two blades in the caravan or the escort trucks that each one of these huge, highly specialized carriers has to have. Nor does it show the hundreds of angry commuters who are being held up by these lumbering behemoths. When the parts of the windmill arrive at their destination, the device is assembled using cranes and other heavy machinery. The windmills also have to be inspected and maintained by guys in trucks driving to each generator. Notice what all of these steps have in common? That’s right, folks, each requires a large machine that runs on fossil fuel and spits CO2 into the air.

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Climate Hysteria Is Harming Our Kids

 

Every week, the rhetoric is ramped up: “Surviving climate change means an end to burning fossil fuels. Prepare yourself for sacrifices,” the LA Times warns. The Guardian writes, “World ‘gravely’ unprepared for effects of climate crisis.” For the New Yorker, it’s already too late: “What if We Stopped Pretending the Climate Apocalypse Can Be Stopped?”

The latest round of ecological doomsaying hit the United Nations Monday in the form of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist. The media made this child a celebrity after her speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos. “I don’t want you to be hopeful,” she scolded the jet-setting elites. “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.”

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Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up some strong martinis to start the week. First, they find an odd appreciation for Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign admitting it needs to raise $1.7 million by the end of the month to have any chance at being competitive for […]

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A two minute call out about the young and their continual insistence that they must support the noble cause of Saving the Earth by supporting the Globalists and their Global Warming Scare Techniques. Of course, not every young person thinks this way. I recently spoke to a member of my community in Northern Calif who […]

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Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up the final martinis of the week. First, they welcome the whimpering conclusion of the pointless presidential campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They also pop the popcorn as as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says no […]

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If One Truly Believes in the Climate Catastrophe … Then It’s War!

 

For those people who truly believe that the world only has 12 years (or less) to solve the climate crisis or there will be a global catastrophe of biblical proportions, is the following a fair question?

Given general agreement that developed countries cannot solve the carbon problem without the full participation of China and India: Do you agree that if diplomatic pressure brought to bear by the countries that are serious about climate change does not convince China and India to cooperate with our attempt to save the planet, that these serious countries should go to war with China and India to compel them to abandon their coal-fired power plants, and thus save the world?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see billionaire impeachment activist Tom Steyer lock in a spot in the October Democratic presidential debate – both to watch him push impeachment when the party wants none of it and to see better debates. They also react to President Trump […]

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Micromanaging Prole Life Is Hard

 

I was reading a twitter thread last night started by a film critic whose work I admire and enjoy. Occasionally he gets political. This time he really booted the hornet’s nest, asserting that “paper straws are fine, Unless you gnaw on them or manhandle them, they last a long time. Plastic or metal straws *should always be available upon request, no questions asked.* But paper should be the default.”

This is a moderate liberal position, no? To save the earth, which is choking to imminent death on plastic, we should move to paper straws, but permit the use of plastic with no opprobrium attached to the moral stragglers or those who require a stiffer means of conveying liquids to one’s mouth.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass […]

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Time to a break from the news. This is what I miss about Arizona in the summertime. There are those that seek to tame nature, but Monsoon Season in Arizona is humbling. Nature in Arizona is no respecter of persons. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Fox News host Neil Cavuto for rebutting President Trump’s claim that “Fox News is no longer working for us” and for reminding politicians and media outlets what the job of the press should be. They also cringe as new Pew poll numbers show […]

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. . . so goes the nation if we try to go “all green” for our energy needs: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/green-new-deal-preview-texas-town-environmentalism-chuck-devore More

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