No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.

–Albert Einstein

Ethanol fuels a primary challenge in Iowa to Cruz-backer Steve King

ethanolRick Bertrand, a state senator from Sioux City, Iowa, has announced a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Steve King. What did King do to earn the challenge? In the Iowa caucuses, King supported Ted Cruz, an opponent of the ethanol mandate.

When Cruz won, this embarassed the state's Republican governor (whose son is a leading figure in the ethanol lobby), and exposed the supposedly formidable ethanol lobby as a paper tiger.

Bertrand hasn't explicitly said Cruz and ethanol are behind his challenge, but everyone in the state knows it.

UN Claims There’s An ‘Alarming Rate’ Of Global Warming By Ignoring The 15-Year ‘Hiatus’ And El Nino

Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological OrganizationPetteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological OrganizationThe head of the United Nations’ meteorological body warned the world was going through an “alarming rate” of global warming due to rising carbon dioxide emissions — but his statement ignored the 15-year “hiatus” in warming and 2016’s incredibly strong El Niño.

“The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented in modern records,” Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said March 21 in a statement on the release of the group’s’ new climate report.

Carbon dioxide emissions remain flat for last two years

solarWhile some scientists are trying to tie 2016's warmer-than-usual winter weather to global warming, the IEA released new data today showing man-made CO2 emissions have remained flat for the last two years. This means energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have not gone up since 2013, at least according to new preliminary data released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is another positive side effect of a warmer winter: less need for energy to heat our homes means less CO2 in the atmosphere.

Pause in global temperatures ended but carbon dioxide not the cause

weather stationThere are different methods for measuring global temperatures. The satellite record as compiled by meteorologists from the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), is used by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the temperature time series most often quoted by those sceptics of anthropogenic global warming.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz made much of the 18-year long pause in this record of his cross-examination of Sierra Club President Aaron Mair at a US Senate subcommittee meeting late last year.

The Climate Council’s Memory Hole

curryJudith CurryWhen a three-year-old tells whoppers it can be cute. It’s not so cute if the whopper-tellers are scientist Tim Flannery, aged 60, and his Climate Council. Flannery is Chief Councillor of the crowd-funded body, which is dedicated to “accurate and authoritative information on all aspects of climate change”.

His Council website has this item:

19 climate champions, who also happen to be women… To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a list of nineteen women kicking goals in the climate change debate — from scientists to politicians, diplomats, community organisers and more. (My emphasis).

Washington’s despotic lawlessness

epa bldgWashington is out of control. Legislators, judges and unelected bureaucrats want to control our lives, livelihoods and living standards, with no accountability even for major errors, calculated deception, or deliberate, often illegal assaults on our liberties and on citizens who resist the advancing Leviathan.

These themes animate Republican and conservative politics because they are happening – regularly.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is renowned for its annual Ten Thousand Commandments reports on federal rules. A scary but mesmerizing new analysis now maps how the Washington bureaucracy lawlessly imposes agendas that all too frequently contravene or disregard what We the People support, what is best for the nation, and even what Congress has enacted or refused to encode in legislation.

The Solar Industry Is Dying. Good Riddance

solar cloudyIf you still own shares in solar energy it’s probably a sign that you’ve been in the sun too long: the sector is tanking – and deservedly so – as reality dawns that this is a Potemkin industry, an Enron of a con-trick, whose survival depends not on the energy it generates but on the subsidies it squeezes from the taxpayer.

Consider Exhibit A:  the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the California desert. This $2.2 billion project, heavily backed with federal grants by the Obama administration, is absolutely brilliant at killing birds. According to some estimates it accounts for 28,000 a year (the workers at the plant nickname them “streamers” because they fall from the sky like burning comets), though the company denies this. What it’s not so good at is the job it was designed for: generating electricity.

Killing Coal Means Burying America’s Steel Industry Too

coalHillary Clinton recently vowed to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” It wasn’t a nice thing to say, considering the many thousands of hardworking men and women whose livelihoods are tied to the U.S. mining sector.

Clinton’s comments weren’t a complete surprise, however, given the open hostility exhibited by the environmental Left to America’s extractive industries. Fossil fuels have simply become public enemy number one for climate alarmists, and obviously Clinton and her compatriots hope to combat a perceived “crisis.”

Republican Budget Would Dismantle EPA Regulatory Overreach

climate protestThe budget proposed by House Republicans would rein in the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to issue onerous regulations, especially those imposed by the agency in coordination with environmental activists.

The budget, called “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America,” says “agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue to implement an unprecedented activist regulatory policy to the detriment of states, localities, small businesses, and energy consumers.”

February global temperature rise proves nothing

earth spaceThe shrill article below is panicking over February temperatures so I suppose I should point out a few obvious things.  I have really dealt with this nonsense before but a few comments anyway.

For a start, hanging anything on the figures for one month is dumb.  You can have unusually hot months in a year where there is no overall change.  Even figures for one year are rubbery.  Figures for years can go up and down but still show no overall trend.  You need a trend over a period of years to conclude anything.  2015 was a touch warmer but 2016 could be a touch cooler overall.  If we get an early return of La Nina, the later months of 2016 could be cool in the same way that the early months were warm.  That's all elementary stuff -- even if it is conspicuously overlooked below.

5 Facts You Need to Know About Merrick Garland

garlandOn Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Here are five quick facts you need to know about Garland.

1. Garland is considered anti-Second Amendment. As the National Review noted last week: “Back in 2007, Judge Garland voted to undo a D.C. Circuit court decision striking down one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation” and voted “to uphold an illegal Clinton-era regulation that created an improvised gun registration requirement.” Obama will use his pick to pursue a gun control agenda.

States Still Face a War on Coal from the Obama Administration

coal fired plantThe Obama Administration’s assault on the nation’s coal producers took a remarkable turn recently. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay against the president’s massive “Clean Power Plan” (CPP), blocking the new program until a federal court determines its legality.

The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt what they see as the most far-reaching and intrusive regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)