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My kindergartner (ok, not a toddler, per se) is watching some Nickelodeon show right now called “Rainbow Rangers;” I only paid attention to the background noise until I heard something infuriating. Their happy little home was experiencing earthquakes; very odd, since they’re not on a fault line. What could possibly be causing this destruction to […]

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https://www.ecowatch.com/siberia-sea-boiling-methane-2640900862.html Just as the Left has weaponized the various alphabet agencies, the Left also enjoys weaponizing the English language in their reporting on “Global Climate Change.” The hype in debating this issue proceeds beyond any mortal’s expectation. More

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With Brexit raising everyone’s ire and testy elections looming, it’s a good thing one English newspaper is not ignoring other important news helping shape our world: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10522729/man-farts-kill-mosquitos/ More

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We’re all familiar with how it started with global cooling, morphed into global warming, then became climate change. For the first time I remember, the leftist environmental movement admits it’s all about manipulating the language (something not limited to the environmental movement): https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/11/29/alarmists-propose-rebranding-climate-change-for-greater-shock-value/ More

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As America pauses for Thanksgiving Day this week, join Jim and Greg as they each list three things for which they are politically thankful. They both start out discussing encouraging signs in the judicial world. Then Jim explains which Democratic presidential candidates he’s thankful for and which figure he’s thankful for doing just about everything […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Conservation Beats Environmentalism

 

American Conservatism is conserving America. Conserving we the people and the land on which we live. Democrats have used environmentalism to give a generation of young voters a feeling of purpose, but it is time for Conservatives to demonstrate how conservation is something superior. People will sometimes use the terms synonymously but there are profound differences between the tradition of conservation and the religion of environmentalism.

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One good and two crazy martinis await today. Jim and Greg react to House Democrat Brenda Lawrence backing away from impeachment and now saying censuring President Trump would be more appropriate in an election year. They also try to figure out what Barack Obama’s 2020 approach is as he not only doesn’t endorse Joe Biden […]

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Do you want selective outrage, or would you like premium outrage? Watching college football Saturday, I was bemused by the delay of the Harvard-Yale game by the perpetually aggrieved climate change activists. They took to the field at halftime and delayed the second half of the game. A futile and stupid gesture because, other than Harvard and Yale alums named Muffy or Bink, no one cares about Ivy League football. That’s not entirely true, of course. Players and their parents care about the game so perhaps acting out at halftime is better than disrupting a graduation ceremony.

Tailgating around the rest of the country means charcoal grills, BBQ ribs, brats, and adult beverages, not to mention large recreational vehicles and gas generators to provide power for the aforementioned motorhomes. No tea and watercress sandwiches for the deplorable football fans.

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However, the bad news for wind power could be good news for flying animals! Just a few links to bring folks up to date on this “clean” source of “free” energy:

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has

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Jim is on vacation but there’s still plenty of fireworks on Thursday’s Three Martini Lunch. Greg is joined by Chad Benson, host of “The Chad Benson Show.” Today, they get a kick out Bill Gates wondering just how much of his money Elizabeth Warren wants and concluding a conversation with Warren might not be worth […]

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Another day, another round of all good martinis. After a brief analysis of the Washington Nationals winning the World Series, Jim and Greg enjoy watching the Kamala Harris presidential campaign suffer its worst poll numbers yet and shrink the campaign staff to save its dwindling resources. They also marvel at the stratospheric approval numbers of […]

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New York faces serious energy shortages today, largely due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s insistence on banning fracking and blocking construction of new pipelines to import cheap natural gas from outside the state. He hopes to wean the state off of fossil fuels, which are said to drive global warming. Though the evidence concerning global warming and its deleterious consequences is quite thin, let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the dire predictions of climate disaster are correct. If so, it becomes even more imperative to pick both the right sources of energy and the right way to get them to market. Solar and wind are too erratic to do the job, so we have to depend on some form of fossil fuel. Natural gas is high on that list. Unfortunately, the retrograde environmental policies of politicians like Cuomo is a key reason why New York faces an escalating energy predicament.

Today’s deep fear of climate change unthinkingly translates into abiding hostility toward any new technology for extracting and shipping fossil fuels. This regressive approach gets it backwards. As a rule of thumb, every new technological breakthrough results in higher levels of production with lower levels of risk. Therefore, it follows that we should encourage the displacement of old technology to capture these gains. The ideal way to proceed considers both the amount of pollution taken out of circulation and the amount of pollution added.

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Alternative title if Jackson is successful is: Guy in his garage does it again. Trevor Jackson has a new fuel cell that is made with aluminum (a beer can will do) and an electrolyte that is non-toxic. How non-toxic? He claims to have drunk it and it still walking around. Read here. The fuel cell […]

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All change is not necessarily progress. The Vatican is not alone in its current infatuation with romanticizing hunter-gatherer culture. There are plenty of secularists that have never set foot inside a Catholic Church that wish to create a neo-Neolithic world. The new paganism is the carbon neutral fantasy of 12 year-olds, as well as adults […]

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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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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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