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Just a little complaining… Those “eco-friendly” napkins that most fast-food/take-0ut places use are not very good at the job of being a napkin. First, they are less absorbent so it takes a pile of them. Then, they have an icky smell. It’s an obnoxious replacement for the former napkins. I got a paper straw recently […]

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Jim & Greg welcome the return of in-person schooling to Chicago after a four-day hissy fit from the Chicago Teachers Union. They also sigh as President Biden reportedly makes no progress in trying to deter Russian military action in Ukraine. And the Biden administration gets caught flat-footed again as out supply chain problems grow.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome evaluations showing the GOP likely to gain seats – and a House majority – thanks to redistricting. They also frown as former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t face any charges for his COVID nursing home cover-up or his harassment of women. And they shudder at the 24-hour-plus nightmare for travelers on I-95 in Virginia, wondering why Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t take decisive action sooner and why so many people are blaming Glenn Youngkin, who won’t be governor until next week.

Jim & Greg marvel at how dumb Democrats are to turn the heat up on Sen. Manchin. They also slam the FDA and the Biden administration for COVID tests being very hard to get. And their jaws drop at a new new poll showing Latinos overwhelmingly disapproving the job Biden is doing as president.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy two good martinis along with a crazy one. They’re thrilled with the news that President Biden and Sen. Manchin remain far apart on the massive spending & entitlement legislation and a vote this year is looking more and more unlikely. They also cheer Amtrak for announcing it will not be enforcing a vaccine mandate, the latest blow to Biden’s efforts to force private companies to demand employees get the vaccine. And Jen Psaki sets herself for another day of withering fire by insisting that we’re seeing much higher prices for beef due to the “greed of meat conglomerates.”

Follow the Science, Really?

 

What follows is about an encounter on Facebook, or Meta. I don’t know which for sure, as it happened in the transition so I can’t say where it landed. So far, all my FB icons remain the same, untouched by the mind of Zuckerberg.

I have been reading a couple of books of apostasy, they being Apocalypse Never, by Michael Shellenberger, and Unsettled? What Climate Science Tells Us, What it Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, by Steven E. Koonin. I have been drawn to them in part to test my own skepticism, and to learn why they had jumped ship.

Briefly, both are still convinced that there is indeed climate change characterized by a small increase in global temperature. What they both reject is the proposition that this increase will be catastrophic in the near future and is an existential threat. They differ on possible resolutions of this “crisis”.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Jonathan Swan of Axios for exposing Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s plan to free every federal inmate within a decade. They also blast President Biden for acting like tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is going to make any significant difference in energy policy or energy prices. And they unload on some of the worst grifters in politics – the Lincoln Project and Lin Wood.

 

Jon Gabriel is in for Jim. Join Jon and Greg as they explore the radical record of the avowed Marxist whom Pres. Biden is nominating to be comptroller of the currency. They also slam John Kerry for saying China’s genocide against Uyghurs is “not my lane” as he tries to get a climate deal with the communists in Beijing. And they express their deep thanks to America’s veterans for their service and sacrifice to keep our nation safe and free.

 

This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks to Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., Professor of Climate Science at the University of Colorado, about the widening gap between the catastrophic predictions proffered at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and the less dire observations contained in the UN’s own recent IPCC report.

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Join Jim and Greg as they dissect new polls that show voters trusting Republicans more on several key issues and by wide margins.  They also roll their eyes at the climate summit in Scotland and at climate envoy John Kerry’s effort to end energy derived from coal altogether. And they unload at the Lincoln Project and its Democratic operative allies for Friday’s stunt aimed at looking like white supremacists were supporting the GOP candidate for governor in Virginia.

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Pick boring ones, and be bored by them. This may not work for the chances of getting Wu’Flu, the chances of dying of Wu’Flu, or the chances of a vaccination misadventure – all very low, but all having captured the public imagination. These may never go away. If people could only weary of such odds-making…but […]

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Cop Out, or, How I Would Run a Climate Conference

 

http://file770.com/wp-content/uploads/Scottish-Event-Campus.jpgNext week, world leaders and dignitaries will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, to indulge in an orgy of environmental self-adulation known as COP26. These moneyed elites and scientific grifters will pontificate on the urgency of tackling Climate Change through the adoption of wholesale societal changes that sort of resemble communism. Private jets will converge near the posh Scottish Event Center for days of fine conversation, fine wine, and fine dining on the premise of saving the world from their lessers.

Poverty eradication in Mozambique: Progress and challenges ...Now, if I was running a climate conference it would be different. The event would be held in August, the hottest month, in some poor African country like Liberia. Instead of limos and helicopters, the participants would take a donkey from the airport to a small village. The elites would stay in non-air-conditioned cinder-block hovels. Their food (bread) would be cooked in the corner of that shack over dung. Their fine wine would actually be water they have to pump from a well a block away. It would probably be potable, but maybe not. The housing units would share a ditch to use as a latrine. There would be no electricity and no internet and the conversations would take place in a clearing with makeshift seating. Hopefully, after a week of living like the energy have-nots, they would appreciate the fact that 4 million Africans die each year because they lack cheap electricity.

Meanwhile, any world leaders that will admit that CAGW (catastrophic anthropogenic global warming) is a hoax will meet up at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for a week of appreciating the prosperity brought by the miracle of cheap electricity. The world spends about 10% of all its income on energy, so having people pay 2, 4, or 10 times the minimal cost is a huge deal. The elites want you to be cold, in the dark dark, and hungry, while they live in luxury paid for through your labor.

A Flood of Superficial Climate Reports

 

This past week, the Biden administration doubled down in its campaign against climate change with the release of a suite of four reports, on national defense, financial risk, homeland security, and migration. These reports all start with the common premise that the climate crisis is now upon us in full fury. Moreover, they also all insist that the issues at hand are nonpolitical, and that the objective at all times is “to be guided by the best available science and data.” To say the least, however, the claim looks hollow, given that none of these reports offers any data whatsoever to support its major contentions.

The reports never address contrary views or even acknowledge that on some points the science is, to use the much-mooted phrase from Steven Koonin, “unsettled” on such key questions as the size of the Greenland ice sheet, the patterns of sea level rise, or the impact of expected temperature increases on economic growth over time. The reports are also dead silent on the role that technological improvements will play in reducing the raw materials or carbon dioxide output needed for any given output of energy, agriculture, or machinery. Nor do they ask whether human decisions, like poor forest management, account for increases in fires and air pollution, or whether a shift to nuclear power, natural gas, or clean coal might change the arc of history. Finally, they never acknowledge the complex interactions between American actions, international treaties, and the actions of key players, like China and the European Union.

Sadly, instead of asking any hard questions, these reports just take the worst-case scenario for granted and move on. The financial risk report summarizes this basic orientation by wrongly claiming that the report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “concluded with high confidence that the climate crisis is ‘code red for humanity.’ ” The quoted words were not, however, from the IPCC report but rather from a florid press release by the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, which unwisely went well beyond the IPCC report.

Ricochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim.  Today, Jon and Greg welcome polls showing just a 4-6 point lead for the Democrat in the New Jersey governor’s race. They also have plenty to say as emails show the National School Board Association and the Biden administration were in contact well before the NSBA publicly asked for the administration’s help in declaring parents domestic terrorists and the Justice Department turned the FBI loose on those same parents. And they have fun with the argument from some on the left that trees need legal rights.

 

Ricochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim today.  Join Greg and Jon as they welcome Sen. Sinema’s demands of no tax hikes on corporations, individuals, or capital gains. They also hammer Pres. Biden for pushing for the guaranteed boondoggle of high-speed rail, but Biden also admits the real goal is to get your car off the road. And they cringe as Democrats in Virginia take another swing at loosening absentee ballot rules.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching Terry McAuliffe make mistake after mistake in the homestretch of the Virginia governor’s race. They also welcome a Wall Street Journal report on the simple reality that only fossil fuels can meet our energy needs in terms of abundance and cost but fume that Democrats insist on pursuing policies that are not realistic and are sending prices much higher. And they they wince as reports suggest Democrats appear to be closing in on a consensus for a $2 trillion spending binge on far left priorities.

 

Autumn Is In the Air

 

My friends in Wyoming are posting photos of the fall scenery with the golden aspen leaves that ring the bottoms of the mountain ranges. Occasionally there will be a maple tree flashing red leaves that grab your attention like a police light. It would frequently snow as this month began, and then the snow would melt, and we’d have a few more weeks of Indian summer. I love autumn in the Rocky Mountains. I wrote this poem in my head 50 years ago while I was driving back to college after a weekend at home to help my little sisters with the milking so my dad could go elk hunting. I’ve illustrated it with photos from my friend’s cabin in those same mountains where I got the inspiration for the words.

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There is much left to learn about biology. But first, I thought to review some quite old material. Plant pathology is not really very close to human pathology, and an epiphytotic (that’s the word) is not the same as an epidemic, but I decided to look for a plant disease that has been around a […]

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Why Do the Maldives Still Exist?

 

Climate science has long been consumed by the politics of climate, at least as far as any work in climate change or global warming is concerned.  All control of the project at the UN’s IPCC was put into the hands of activists and administrators in the 1980s,  The lead scientist at the UN in charge of the question of carbon dioxide at the time, Tom Wigley,  maintained that there was not yet sufficient evidence to show that man-made carbon dioxide was changing the climate, and it was unlikely to show up in the foreseeable future.  Activists in third-world countries led by Brazil got tired of waiting for this evidence and so moved to proclaim the guilt of man-made carbon dioxide by fiat.  The situation is detailed by Bernie Lewin in a chapter of the book “Climate Change: The Facts”.  Those scientists who enthusiastically prostitute themselves to the climate narrative have been richly rewarded, and any scientist who failed to toe the warmist line was ejected and de-funded.  In addition, a large number of low-level functionaries from third world countries were elevated to the status of “leading climate expert” and could therefore be counted on to give their unwavering support to the project.

The ability to predict future changes in the climate is, of course, the rai·son d’ê·tre of climate science, and it is remarkable how bad climate science is at doing that.  There is a very long list of wrong predictions with the prediction of global atmospheric temperatures leading the pack.  Environment Canada publishes its predictions about the climate every year.  By law they must include their previous predictions and their performance in each report, and each report therefore includes a long list of failures, in some cases with disastrous results.  But it doesn’t seem to matter.  They go along making predictions using the same flawed methods year after year confident that nobody in authority will hold them accountable.  The facts don’t matter.  Only the thermageddonist vision as laid down by the IPCC matters.

One climate science prediction that struck me as remarkable with regard to the stubbornness of the facts was about the Maldives.  The Maldives is a nation consisting of a group of islands in the Indian Ocean remarkable for the fact that none of them has an elevation of over 8 feet above sea level, and half of the 115 square miles of dry land that makes up the island nation is no more than 1 foot above sea level.  Yet the Maldives has existed as a place of human habitation for 2500 years.