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“Making America toxic again,” as one publication suggested, or a public servant dedicated to paring honest science and environmental stewardship? Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, stops by to explain how the Trump Administration has reoriented the EPA, its highlights and priorities, and how a former college baseball player deals with political hardball […]

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“The Planet Remade” by Oliver MortonWe live in a profoundly unnatural world. Since the start of the industrial revolution, and rapidly accelerating throughout the twentieth century, the actions of humans have begun to influence the flow of energy and materials in the Earth’s biosphere on a global scale. Earth’s current human population and standard of living are made possible entirely by industrial production of nitrogen-based fertilisers and crop plants bred to efficiently exploit them. Industrial production of fixed (chemically reactive) nitrogen from the atmosphere now substantially exceeds all of that produced by the natural soil bacteria on the planet which, prior to 1950, accounted for almost all of the nitrogen required to grow plants. Fixing nitrogen by the Haber-Bosch process is energy-intensive, and consumes around 1.5 percent of all the world’s energy usage and, as a feedstock, 3–5% of natural gas produced worldwide. When we eat these crops, or animals fed from them, we are, in a sense, eating fossil fuels. On the order of four out of five nitrogen molecules that make up your body were made in a factory by the Haber-Bosch process. We are the children, not of nature, but of industry.

The industrial production of fertiliser, along with crops tailored to use them, is entirely responsible for the rapid growth of the Earth’s population, which has increased from around 2.5 billion in 1950, when industrial fertiliser and “green revolution” crops came into wide use, to more than 7 billion today. This was accompanied not by the collapse into global penury predicted by Malthusian doom-sayers, but rather a broad-based rise in the standard of living, with extreme poverty and malnutrition falling to all-time historical lows. In the lifetimes of many people, including this scribbler, our species has taken over the flow of nitrogen through the Earth’s biosphere, replacing a process mediated by bacteria for billions of years with one performed in factories. The flow of nitrogen from atmosphere to soil, to plants and the creatures who eat them, back to soil, sea, and ultimately the atmosphere is now largely in the hands of humans, and their very lives have become dependent upon it.

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You will read, over and over, that climate change will cause “an increase in the frequency and severity of hurricanes.” I assembled this graphic from data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in: More

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It’s a calm and sunny 67° outside, the sky a vast expanse of spotless blue. This is a perfect fall day in upstate New York. And I’m not sure who to blame for it. Global warming? Hydraulic fracturing? The Alt-right? The 1%? More

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It’s possible to be too square. Never taking a sip of alcohol? Never taking a puff of a cigarette? Never putting a dollar in a nickel slot? Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising that although a principled conservative, I don’t have much patience for the Never-Trump movement. The American Founders set an excellent example by rarely invoking absolutes […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump making good on his promise to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and the liberal hysteria that followed. They’re also analyzing the very close run-off election between John Ossoff and Karen Handel in a normally red district in Georgia. And they […]

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I am hoping that this afternoon, Trump unambiguously pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord. I had always thought that since it was a “Treaty” that was never ratified, that all Trump would need to do would be to say that he would ignore its provisions. But the other day, Rush brought up the “Treaty […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are once again relieved that Hillary Clinton is not president after she once again blames everyone and everything but herself for losing to Donald Trump. They are also puzzled as a flurry of lobbying in favor of the climate deal takes place after Trump […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the successful test of a missile defense system targeting intercontinental ballistic missiles. They also appreciate former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper once again confirming that he saw no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And they are excited by […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America flies solo with Jim Geraghty off at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit. Today, Greg applauds Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for challenging conventional liberal and media wisdom on spending and climate change. He also cringes as Venezuela’s socialist government cracks down on bakeries for making unapproved goods for a starving population. And he reacts to the report in the Cal State Long Beach student newspaper that milk is racist.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see the Democrats’ strategy against Jeff Sessions accomplish nothing – and they point out why the strategy was so stupid. They also groan as the Obama administration’s self-congratulations tour continues with Obama giving Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And they react to Sen. Kamala Harris grilling CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo about climate change, while Jim explains the “sure, whatever” strategy he would employ at a confirmation hearing.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…only it’s not! It is really the Judy Curry podcast where we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument.

The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe.

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A common formulation of reporting on climate change or global warming on parts of the right now-a-days starts with “Human Induced Global Warming is Real and Serious, …..” A certain class of pundits and observers, lacking the math chops to actually look at the statistical torture conducted by climate “scientists”, can’t seem to accept that […]

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According to an article in “Watts Up with That” (https://wattsupwiththat.com), Trump is planning on naming Myron Ebell, the head of the Competitive Enterprise Institute as his EPA transition manager. That would be great news, he is a well known climate skeptic and among other credentials, he has been included in GreenPeace’s “Field Guide to Climate […]

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Interesting headline: Obama ratifies Paris climate accord. Buzzfeed goes on to state that China joined us in ratifying the treaty. More

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The New York Times is generally credited with having introduced the genre of highlighting the suffering of government-favored groups, perfectly satirized by Mort Sahl when he posited the headline World Ends, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit. (Page 2: Woman Completely Satisfied). While the Times may have created the genre, the Washington Post perfected it with its […]

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Paris – I miss the days when the circus rolled into town on a sleepy train in the middle of the night rather on luxury private planes and chartered jets in the middle of the day. But then again, this is no ordinary circus, kids. It’s the Climate Circus! Where the folly of group action […]

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After hearing James Lileks complain about how cold it was in Minnesota during the latest Ricochet podcast, I decided it was time to lure him from the frozen northlands and tempt him to move to a more temperate climate. Then he wouldn’t freeze and let his segues get obliterated as they were on the latest podcast . . . Here […]

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We’ve filed a response to his response to our appeal. Some selected bits: Of the eight reports that Mann says “exonerated” him, three do not even mention his name once, and six involved no investigation at all of his research or conduct. Of the two reports that do concern Mann, one did not investigate the […]

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Not only is it the seventieth anniversary of the Normandy invasion, but he’s found out that Michael Mann’s lawsuit is likely doomed. Note, however (as is updated at Popehat), that Mark is not actually part of the filing to dismiss, so it’s not quite accurate in that regard. But bad news for the Fuhrer is […]

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