Apr
11
2015
4

If you want to help Malia, Barack Obama: stop blaming global warming, and quit smoking.

It’s like a metaphor for this administration: President Barack Obama is blaming a problem on outside forces, when in reality it’s probably due to his own bad choices. In this particular case, the problem is his kid’s asthma, the outside force is global warming, and his own bad choice is not quitting smoking. USA Today, of all places, unpacks this for us:

Whether there is a link between asthma and global warming, Malia herself hasn’t really experienced much. The high school junior was born in 1998, when temperatures spiked. By some measurements, the world hasn’t warmed significantly since then.

Which brings us back to her father and his Marlboros. The president, who quit smoking years ago, has long kept his tobacco use out of doors. That’s a common-sense tactic for folks who have trouble quitting. But sometimes, science can show that common sense has less sense than you think.

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Apr
04
2015
3

‘If’ climate change is a religion?

This is droll:

The critics are right in this regard – if climate change really were a religion, it would be a wretched one, offering guilt, blame and fear but with no recourse to salvation or forgiveness.

…judging from the behavior of its most open adherents?  Climate change is a religion, and this description of it is spot-on. Also: simply calling something scientific does not actually make it so. This is apparently a lesson that the Left has to learn every generation: I wonder what the next generation of them will pick, to replace global warming? – Assuming that they don’t simply embrace eugenics or technocracy again.  Or, worse, Marxism.

H/T Hot Air Headlines.

Feb
21
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, That Is A Great Photo edition.

The driver who managed to extricate his or her car without wrecking the ice did a nice job, too.

I mention that because whoever did it probably drove away wistfully thinking that nobody would ever notice.  Well, somebody did. Nicely done.

Moe Lane

PS: Now watch: it’ll turn out to be a Photoshop, or something.

Feb
13
2015
3

These Yale students should still celebrate their fossil divestment day by turning off the heat…

…in their rooms. What’s that? ‘Courting hypothermia?’ Well, that doesn’t sound like people who are dedicated to the Struggle…

Seriously, they should stop having these things in winter. Which apparently can be defined these days as ‘any time between November and May.’

Jan
31
2015
--

Federal government to encourage America’s stair construction industry. Well, 2030’s.

Note for future researchers: ever wonder why your comedians all make jokes about all those damned government stairs people have to climb? Yeah, this would be why.  Sorry about that:

The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.

Sorry, future dudes: we’re having a bit of an outbreak of religious hysteria among a certain part of the population right now, and it’s being complicated by the fact that said religious hysterics are actually convinced that they’re hyper-logical secularist Enlightened Ones. Also unfortunately, the current administration has to pander to them, because they’re about the only ones who are still returning the administration’s calls. Look on the bright side: it’s good exercise, isn’t it?

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

Aug
23
2014
8

‘Stop Obsessing About Global Warming’? …Good luck with that, TNR.

I don’t know whether the author is over-writing this piece or whether I’m just tired, but I’m finding this slightly dense reading.  The gist, however, is that environmentalists apparently are having trouble expanding their vision beyond a fairly narrow focus:

…the recent focus of energy thinking has been particularly concentrated on the ways and means of reducing carbon emissions and, linked with that, cutting down energy use, rather than taking energy use as essential for conquering poverty and seeing the environmental challenge within a more comprehensive understanding. There would appear to be an insufficient recognition in global discussion of the need for increased power in the poorer countries. In India, for example, about a third of the people do not have any power connection at all. Making it easier to produce energy with better environmental correlates (and greater efficiency of energy use) may be a contribution not just to environmental planning, but also to making it possible for a great many deprived people to lead a fuller and freer life.

The problem here is this: The New Republic has made the mistake – and many, many people make this mistake – as treating hardcore environmentalists as anything except devout religious believers. Frankly, most Greenies don’t care if India has an awful power distribution grid. If they cared they’d do something about it. (more…)

May
10
2014
1

Washington Post (!) editorial writer (!!) slams administration over global warming hysteria.

Oh, this should generate some hate mail for the Washington Post:

The White House released a third iteration of the “U.S. National Climate Assessment,” claiming it is “the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.” The report emphasizes the need for “urgent action to combat the threats from climate change.” Well, here are five reasons voters don’t believe what the White House says on climate change…

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Apr
14
2014
5

Dear Democratic party: please campaign on the UN’s call to cut economic growth.

Please.

Please.

A United Nations science panel issued a sobering wake-up call to world policymakers Sunday, warning that countries must make dramatic changes in their energy consumption, their use of technology and even their ways of life to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The only options that stand a chance of heading off the worst of the harm would require cutting at least slightly into economic growth in the coming decades, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. Nations may even have to make ambitious attempts to remove carbon pollution from the atmosphere — not just limit how much comes out of smokestacks and tailpipes.

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Mar
25
2014
2

Thank God for global warming: it’s apparently staving off glaciers in Maryland.

It’s goram snowing.

AGAIN.

Oh, well, at least it waited until the kids were off to school this time.  Even the Maryland school system would be hard pressed to turn half an inch of snow on the grass into a two hour delay when the students are already safely in their classrooms.

Mar
18
2014
5

Oh, please, no more winter…

But apparently that is not an actual option.

 

I know that climate is not weather, but dammit: the global warming people promised me higher humidity, higher temperatures, and higher CO2. I was told “greenhouse effect.” So I want to see some goram warming around here. I had half a foot of snow dropped on me yesterday. In March. In Maryland. I feel that I have been lied to.

Mar
10
2014
10

On the latest kabuki from Senate Democrats. #globalwarming

Three things to take away from this ‘talkathon’ on global warming planned for tonight by Senate Democrats:

  • Indeed, do not call it a ‘filibuster.’ Strictly speaking, the last one of those we had was from Rand Paul.  This will be more like Ted Cruz’s Obamacare session, except that there will be more individuals involved (largely because the Democrats do not have a single Senator that can match the rhetorical skills of Ted Cruz, let alone duplicate his stamina).
  • I betcha none of these people will take questions. Like the one about why all the climate models have been increasingly at odds with observed data for about the last, oh, twenty years or so*.
  • And this says it all, really: “Democrats have 28 senators scheduled to speak through Monday night, but some of the party’s most vulnerable senators facing re-election this year—Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina—are notably missing from the lineup.”

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Feb
18
2014
4

Al Gore: ALIENS! ALIENS causing global WARMING! They’re stealin’ our carbon!

OK, some quick science (explained well here at this site).  The atmosphere of Venus is utterly inhospitable for life as we know it: too hot, too much carbon dioxide, and almost completely lacking in water vapor.  And all three characteristics are due to a combination of two factors: the lack of a magnetic field on Venus, and the solar wind (which is also considerably stronger, that much closer in).  Because there is no magnetosphere, the solar wind interacts with the Venusian atmosphere much more strongly than it would otherwise; this has the effect of stripping out hydrogen from the atmosphere.  No hydrogen = no water vapor.  No water vapor = no hydrosphere, pretty much no opportunities to turn carbon dioxide into something else.

You’re probably remembering this situation as the ‘runaway greenhouse effect:’ an argument that we used to hear a lot more of in the context of global warming before it became clear that we were unlikely to replicate Venusian conditions* unless we first figured out how to turn off Earth’s magnetic field**. At any rate, that’s why Venus is so danged hot.

It is not because of aliens, Mister Gore. (more…)

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