When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity;
when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.

–Robert Pirsig

House GOP investigating 'Green 20' for free speech violations, collusion

green 20This week, 13 Republicans of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, sent letters to 17 Democratic AGs and activist groups requesting documents related to their coordinated efforts to deprive various groups their rights to free speech. House members are also investigating attempts to deny more than 100 organizations and individuals their ability to “conduct scientific research without intimidation and threats of prosecution.” Self-labeled the Green 20, the 17 Democratic attorneys general (AGs) and eight environmental activist groups are accused of trying to suppress “those who have questioned the causes, magnitude, or best ways to address climate change.”

When denying science is a progressive moral imperative

climate protestWhy do liberals hate science?

The Left has long claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al Gore started making millions by claiming that anyone who disagreed with his apocalyptic prophecies was “anti-science,” there were the “scientific socialists.” “Social engineer” is now rightly seen as a term of scorn and derision, but it was once a label that progressive eggheads eagerly accepted. 

Tesla Dumps $2 Billion Of Stock To Finance Model 3, Pay Down Elon Musk’s Loan Debt

tesla model 3Tesla model 3Tesla Motors will sell $2 billion worth of stock so it can finance the production of its supposedly inexpensive Model 3 electric vehicle as well as cover tax obligations for the options exercised by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.

The California-based automaker will cough up $1.4 billion in common stock to cover the expenses associated with the production of its coming Model 3, which has racked up more than 320,000 pre-orders and is priced at $35,000. Company officials said Wednesday the automaker aims to build a half million vehicles within the next two years.

Irony: Activists Demand More Green Energy, Protest Rising Power Prices

power linesGreen activists picketed the headquarters of power utility PNM Resources Tuesday, complaining about rising power bills while simultaneously demanding the same company use more wind and solar power.

PNM, New Mexico’s power utility, wants to raise rates by 16 percent so the company can earn enough cash to make longterm investments in clear coal plants and nuclear power. Enviromental groups were furious that the rate hike wouldn’t be used to buy wind or solar power.

Study: New Trend in Global Warming Suggests Lower Temperature Rises

earth nasaA controversial new study suggests global warming may be trending more toward "lukewarming" than the kind of significant temperature rise projected in other models.

University of Dublin meteorologist J. Ray Bates’ study warns "that to disregard the low values of effective climate sensitivity (1°C)… is a standpoint that needs to be reconsidered" – a challenge to findings from the United Nations that doubling human emissions would cause anywhere from 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius of warming, the Daily Caller reports.

Trump Vows To Nix Paris Climate Treaty

trump campaigningDonald Trump has signalled an end to the United States’ disastrous flirtation with green crony capitalism by promising to nix the COP21 Paris climate treaty if and when he becomes US president.

“I will be looking at that very, very seriously, and at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements, at a minimum. And at a maximum I may do something else,” Trump has told Reuters.

Obama Has 3,260 Rules In The Regulatory Pipeline

mccarthyThe Obama administration’s got more than 3,200 regulations at various stages of completion, including 2,239 active rules agencies are working to finish before President Barack Obama leaves office.

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget released its spring 2016 “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions,” which lists 3,260 regulations at various stages in the regulatory pipeline. The vast majority of these regulations — 2,239 — are considered “active” rules, meaning regulators are still working on them.

Antarctica’s Totten Glacier may melt in a few hundred years (or not)

tottenThe floating portion of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica may be melting from warm sea water swirling beneath it, making it more vulnerable than previously thought to future melting. That's according to a new study by scientists at the Imperial College London and institutions in Australia, the US, and New Zealand, and published yesterday in Nature. The study's team found that a part of the Totten Glacier that floats on warm sea water is losing some ice, even while total ice cover in Antarctica continues to expand.

The Party of Scientism, Not Science

obamaIn a commencement speech at Rutgers, President Obama took an indirect shot at Donald Trump and the Republicans:

Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science: These are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy . . . We traditionally have valued those things, but if you’re listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from.

Obama here indulges one of the hoariest progressive clichés: that they are the party of enlightenment, reason, and fact, while conservatives are ignorant obscurantists, “bitter clingers” to the superstitions of religion and tradition. This prejudice is false about both conservatives and progressives. Most of what many progressives think is science is, in fact, scientism: the application of the methods, techniques, and jargon of genuine science to subjects for which they are inappropriate.

Government paid convicted child molester $55K to quit job at EPA

chaffetzYesterday, Congressional hearings revealed widespread, troubling instances of serious misconduct among employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And while the agency tries to expand its regulatory powers under the stewardship of the Obama Administration through rules like the Clean Power Plan, it has often turned a blind eye, or issued only a slap on the wrist, to employees whose behavior included repeated instances of theft, fraud, and felonious activities.

Spike in April temperatures precipitated by strong El Nino

Divergence of GISS from RSS (satellites)NASA announced this week that April 2016 was 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than the average of 1951-1980. However, that time frame includes recently "cooked" data wherein earlier decades saw the temperatures adjusted downward, thus making the first decade and a half of the 21st century appear warmer. NASA chose not to use more reliable satellite temperature data, which had documented the April 1998 El Niño weather as actually being warmer, and these temperature anomalies can't compare with the elevated temperature records of the 1930s, or even 1998.

NOAA: Developing La Nina will likely bring drought, colder temps

laninaAs the naturally occurring El Niño of 2015-2016 wends down, NOAA is forecasting this week that conditions in the Pacific Ocean will likely flip from an El Niño to a La Niña, lowering temperatures worldwide this fall and winter. The now-dissipating El Niño is part of ENSO, or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, a natural climate pattern where the tropical Pacific Ocean's sea surface temperatures (SSTs) swing between warmer-than-normal (El Niño) and colder-than-average (La Niña) temps. This recent El Niño is the primary reason we saw above-normal temperatures for the latter months of 2015 and first few months of 2016.