11:01 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
What we usually hear about when the subject is climate change is stuff meant to scare you out of your socks. Rising oceans, violent storms, draughts, famines, plagues of locusts … and so forth. The implied alternative is austerity so severe – no cars, rationed electricity, smaller houses, once-a-week cold showers, etc. – that people are inclined to think, “Well, that will never happen,” and tune out.
Secretary of State John Kerry is a believer and a scold of those who are called “deniers” to smear them as akin to those who believe the Holocaust never happened. Mr. Kerry is, himself, a big energy consumer. One trembles to contemplate the size of his personal carbon footprint, not to mention the number of tons of the stuff he has dumped into the atmosphere on the government’s dime. And he is now trying on a new argument. It is a variation on the old, “in crisis, opportunity line,” and the way Kerry sees it, as reported by Kyle Balluck of The Hill:
“So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were … less than a decade ago. These technologies can cut carbon pollution while growing economic opportunity at the same time. The global energy market represents a $6 trillion opportunity, with 6 billion users around the world. By 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion.”
Leaving one to wonder why, if there is so much money to be made in these technologies, it isn’t already happening. Why does the American Secretary of State have to go around making the pitch that, “Kid, you can make trillions in renewables.”
Also, one thinks, have we not heard this and tried this before? Does Solyndra ring any bells with Mr. Kerry?
If Mr. Kerry would like to make a point about climate change, how about promising to reduce his personal and professional carbon emissions by 10 percent this year, thus setting an example for the government and the rest of us.
8:26 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The past two weeks have been filled with stories of government offices, agencies, services, workers, monuments, websites, memorials, and parks that have been closed, suspended, furloughed, and even barricaded.
1:26 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A "Green Inaugural Ball" has been scheduled to celebrate President Barack Obama's second inauguration, according to an invitation of the event. The ball will be held January 20, the day of Obama's second inauguration, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
10:01 AM, Oct 16, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
According to Bloomberg, the heavily subsidized battery maker, A 123, has filed for bankruptcy protection, making it the latest in a long line of green failures that have produced very little renewable energy and very heavy losses for the American taxpayer. Been good for the bankruptcy lawyers, though.
8:41 AM, May 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
And here's the Internet-only after-show:
4:22 PM, May 10, 2012 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
The Los Angeles Times reports that, “A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls' soccer team in October 201
Every picture tells a story.9:16 PM, Apr 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The 411,618 square foot Solyndra building in Fremont, California has been put on the market:
4:34 PM, Sep 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Earlier this year, Wesley J. Smith reported in THE WEEKLY STANDARD on the drive among environmentalists to make "ecocide" an international crime:
But what is ecocide, precisely? Practically any business activity that environmentalists loathe, from large scale resource development to nonrenewable energy generation, along with any accidental ecological disaster would potentially qualify as a crime against peace. As envisioned by ecocide’s rising star, Polly Higgins, who recently addressed the United Nations promoting a Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights, the This Is Ecocide website states:
3:08 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon kicked off today in Washington on the National Mall, under inauspiciously dark rainy skies.
Now with extra Science!1:00 PM, Jan 24, 2011 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Like the nearly simultaneous release of Deep Impact and Armageddon, Chemical Engineering News also ran a cover story last week about the expunging of phosphates from dishwasher detergents.
Raiders of the lost self-awareness. 10:41 AM, Apr 30, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Harrison Ford owns seven airplanes, but only flies "one at a time." For environmentalist critics who say this is a contradiction, he has this message:
"I’ll start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.”
Ed Begley's coming for him! But really slowly, on a bicycle, so he doesn't have that much to worry about.
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