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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48755154 Now, climate change turns out to be this, after all and yet again. One would have thought the original premise that no one can escape would have scared the human race. But no, bad guys are planning to shield themselves and so the message is how the dastardly must be caught and stopped…with a […]

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I think we should have an ongoing effort (can’t be one topic) to offer suggestions for the “most brainless but likely to be troublesome” human behavior story of the week or month. Mine is below, about German protestors at a coal facility, of the “climate change is urgent, so to hell with democracy or common […]

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This Saturday, June 22, marks the 50th anniversary of one of the iconic moments of the modern environmental history—the infamous Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland. Things were so bad, the legend goes, that rivers were catching fire! But most of what you think you know about that story is incomplete or inaccurate, argues Jonathan H. […]

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Ice Free Montana

 

For a century scientists have predicted the Montana Glaciers would melt, and for all this time the stubborn glaciers have refused to comply:

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Wind and Solar are supposed to be more virtuous than other sources of energy in terms of limiting CO2 output. First, the turbines and solar panels have to be produced. Then they need to be shipped to the wind or solar farm. Due to their intermittent nature, the fossil fuel plants still need to have […]

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It doesn’t matter where he goes: https://www.climatedepot.com/2019/06/04/australian-government-pays-320k-to-al-gore-to-conduct-climate-training-as-rare-snow-hits/ More

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/climate/climate-lawsuit-juliana.html This is just one of many articles and the case isn’t new, but it represents more than “kids suing government to protect their future health losses from climate change.”  More

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This week my guest is the person who deserves to be known as the Robert Caro of energy history—Robert L. Bradley Jr. Rob is the founder of the Institute for Energy Research, one of the best go-to sources for information and analysis about energy (and especially debunking the nonsense energy romanticism of the left), but […]

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Electric Cars, Nuclear Power, and Being Green

 

A bill to extend tax credits for the purchase of electric cars is before the Congress. It has bipartisan support, and supporters specifically cite the threat of global warming as a reason for this measure. It is estimated that this extension will cost $16 billion in lost revenues.

The idea that electric cars are so “green” that tax credits to encourage their sales are warranted lacks foundation. Although they are frequently termed “zero emission”, electric cars are not emissions-free. It’s just that the electric power plants do their emitting for them. Given that the National Energy Institute says that on average 0.95 kg of carbon dioxide is emitted to produce one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electrical energy, of which the Tesla needs 75 kWh to go about 210 miles (real world estimate), as much carbon dioxide is emitted to power a Tesla Model S as is emitted by a similar sized conventional car given recent improvements in gas mileage.

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Think Globally, Act Locally

 

A classic leftist slogan, and not even the most harmful. (Not sure which is, but ‘my body, my choice’ springs to mind.) Still, it leads to obvious problems. Let’s try a test syllogism, shall we?

  1. Think Globally: The Kulaks are robbing the Soviet State blind.
  2. That guy Jerry is a Kulak.
  3. Act Locally: Excuse me while I find a short length of rope.

There are three problems with that syllogism. One, the initial premise is just wrong. The Soviet state can rob itself blind, thank you very much. Two, it doesn’t follow that even though Jerry is a Kulak he’s one of the ones causing trouble. And three, what are you doing hanging around with a Kulak to begin with? Do you want to get sent to the camps?

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AOC Was Wrong, We Actually Have Only 5 Years Left

 

According to this article from 2004 (Read it and save it before it gets memory-holed), “Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.”

Note the use of the very important word “could.” The of this auxiliary verb in the subjunctive mood is essential to all climate catastrophe articles. “Climate Change Could Cause Octopuses to Go Blind” (Well, at least Braille won’t be a problem for them) “Climate change could bring bubonic plague back to Los Angeles” (Ah, silver linings.) “Climate Change Could Destroy Doomsday Vault (Well, what good is it, then?) You could even create a kind of “Climate Change Article Mad Libs” for these headlines. Climate Change Could Cause [PLURAL NOUN] to [VERB] [OBJECT NOUN] [ADVERB]. e.g. “Climate Change Could Cause AL GORE’S CHILDREN to EAT BOOGERS RAPIDLY.” But I digress. 

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss former special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly hesitating at testifying before the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee. They also break down a recently released investigation into the blackface/KKK photograph found in the medical school yearbook of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. And for today’s crazy martini, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America toast the conservative upset in the Australian elections. They also note Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg keeps taking far left positions on issues, disproving the media myth of him being a moderate. And they react to Illinois conservatives wanting to separate Chicago from the […]

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If you want to get inside the mind of a progressive who wants dominion over your life, watch my recent episode with Jim Aloisi, the former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation under Deval Patrick. Getting you out of your car is priority number one. I suppose we should be grateful that their views are more transparent […]

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The ocotillo (ock-o-tee-oh) and cactus are flowering. The first lizards of the season are claiming their territory by doing pushups, a threat display, in the backyard. It’s a mild 89 degrees today, the Monsoon Season is about a month away.   More

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Environmentalism: A Long View

 

“Sustainable.” People seem awfully fond of that word, using it more and more to the point where the XKCD guy figured out when the English language becomes only the word “sustainable” over and over and over again.

The problem with sustainability is that it assumes that, well, things can be sustained. That there exists a possible steady-state future where the environment isn’t harmed by mankind. We assume that, left to it’s own devices, the environment stays the same. The environment will change, and it will change in spite of our attempts to sustain it.

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Pragmatism rules the day. From an article in the NY Times, it seems that Republican politicians are climbing on board the global warming train. I do not believe for an instant it is because they have made a serious study and have become persuaded that human activity is responsible for global warming – or even […]

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https://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/must_see/48060788/finland-s-new-generation-of-climate-heroes Play on words: Actually that is the name of a Finnish town which has achieved “zero waste” and has therefore proven that if a town of 10,ooo can do it, according to a person in the video (teacher?) we can do it globally and so we have “no more excuses.” Well, there isn’t enough […]

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