August 25, 2016
Not 36 hours after the video above was released early this year, the neo-nazi “Alt-right” rag, run by Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, had gotten uber-twit James Delingpole, whose motto is “I’m evil and right about everything.”(sorry Jimmy, only half right..) – to produce what they hoped would be a hatchet job in response.
Obviously, Delingpole is on to me, and calls me out for my malevolent practice of seeming “measured and reasonable”.
Ok, Jimmy, you got me.
The climate alarmists have come up with a brilliant new excuse to explain why there has been no “global warming” for nearly 19 years.
Turns out the satellite data is lying.
And to prove it they’ve come up with a glossy new video starring such entirely trustworthy and not at all biased climate experts as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, Kevin “Travesty” Trenberth, and Ben Santer. (All of these paragons of scientific rectitude feature heavily in the Climategate emails)
The video is well produced and cleverly constructed – designed to look measured and reasonable rather than yet another shoddy hit job in the ongoing climate wars.
August 25, 2016
John Nielsen-Gammon is the State Climatologist of Texas. I had the chance to question him on a number of issues back in June, and I’ll be pushing some of his answers out over coming weeks.
August 25, 2016
For the first time, I’m concerned that a post might cause panic.
August 24, 2016
I was fortunate to catch up with Katharine Hayhoe in June, while I was interviewing TV meteorologists at a conference in Austin, TX. She was there to present and answer questions on the finer points of climate science for the assembled media mets.
Dr Hayhoe has been named one of Time Magazine’s most Influential People. She is a climate scientist working and teaching at Texas Tech University.
August 24, 2016
There are winners and losers in climate change. Here’s a story about a tiny winner. Donald Trump likes winners.
Montana wildlife officials shut down almost 200 miles of the Yellowstone and its tributaries to recreation last week to prevent the parasite from spreading to other rivers, or south into Yellowstone National Park.
The white bodies of thousands of dead fish litter many parts of the river, victims of a parasite that causes a fatal illness called proliferative kidney disease, or P.K.D., in mountain whitefish. There have been reports that it is also killing trout, the prized game fish here. The outbreak has not spread to humans or other animals.
“The aroma of rotting fish tells you what we’re dealing with,” Travis Horton, a regional fisheries manager for Montana, said Tuesday as he inspected the riverbanks near here. Read the rest of this entry »
August 23, 2016
The story of this election is that the GOP’s elaborate message control apparatus has so insulated it’s faithful from actual data and fact – that they’ve split off in their own delusional, unmoored reality, and are dragging the party with them into a woodchipper.
The Party’s stand on climate change is a crime for which the consequences have only just begun to be felt.
If you think the GOP has trouble with millennials now, just wait.
Many young conservatives are trying to be optimistic when it comes to climate and the Republican Party, as it doesn’t seem there’s anywhere to go but up. “One of the unique gifts of the Christian community is hope, the unshakable belief that God is faithful to his promises,” says Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.
Very few people in their party are talking about climate change during this election cycle — or at all — but there are plenty of younger conservatives who are passionate about this issue and want their leaders to pay attention. And if they don’t, these young people are counting down the days until people their age can be the ones making these decisions. “Maybe this is the young college student in me,” says Andy Rodriguez, a Republican senior at the University of South Florida who went to the National Climate Leadership Summit in June, “but once the politicians that we know today grow old and are out of office, and when the people my age start to fill Congress, I’d like to think that Congress would deal with solutions.” Read the rest of this entry »
August 23, 2016
Autonomous vehicles will be here sooner than anyone thought, and they will have an internet-like impact on society.
That’s one reason why Uber has an estimated market cap 20 billion dollars higher than General Motors. Who knew?
The modern industrial economy is to a great degree centered around auto manufacturing and production. What if we suddenly need only 10 percent as many cars? What if a key bottom rung of the employment ladder, the taxi, truck, or bus driver, disappears?
Here, Robin Chase, Co-founder and former CEO of ZipCar, considers the landscape.
Simply eliminating the drivers from cars, and keeping everything else about our system the same, will be a disaster. Picture zombie cars — those with no one in them — clogging our cities and our roads, because it will be cheaper to keep them moving than to pay for expensive urban parking, and cheaper to bring retail to a customer than to pay rent on a retail store. While the number of vehicle miles driven skyrockets, our transportation infrastructure revenues, dependent on the gas tax, parking, fees, and fines will disappear. Unemployment will spike as professional drivers will be be laid off in droves. It will be a nightmare of pollution, congestion, and social unrest. Let’s break it down.
Congestion. The traffic alone will make people curse the technologists who brought AVs to our streets. Right now, our “congested” roads and cities are mostly filled by individuals driving alone in their cars (75 percent of all trips). Just imagine our streets and your frustration when 50 percent of the cars have no people in them at all.
When we don’t have to drive them, we’ll use our cars more. My 2004 Prius costs me about $1.50 for an hour of run time. It will be cheaper to have my car double-park or circle blocks rather than pay for a parking meter or, heaven forbid, pay for parking in a downtown garage. It’ll also be cheaper to have my car pick up pizza or drop off dry cleaning than to tip a delivery person. Endless double-parking and block circling already happens in places where the cost of a human driver is either very cheap (think Delhi) or expense is irrelevant (think about luxury black cars in New York City).