A map of Internet searches that tells us...absolutely nothing.3:08 PM, Apr 30, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
A graphic that is ricocheting around the liberal blogosphere this week is purported to demonstrate–what else?–how stupid and ignorant Americans are. (Well, non-Democrat Americans presumably.)
The image, which has been breathlessly promoted on blogs from coast to coast, shows that American Internet users search the term “Global Warming Fake” more often than denizens of other countries do. Here is the allegedly damning image, provided originally by Google Zeitgest, which shows relative search volume by country for the term:
This chart might tell us something meaningful...if the world were monolingual. The breathless bloggers seem to have forgotten that Internet users in Beijing or Bratislava or Bordeaux are highly unlikely to conduct a Google search in English. And even looking solely at the Anglosphere, the data reveal nothing more than that Americans like using the word "fake." The term "Global Warming Myth," it turns out, is searched by our brethren in Canada and the United Kingdom almost as much as it is by Americans. But the truly flawed analysis here is the failure to recognize that Googling a term does not mean that the searcher agrees with it. In essence, all this image shows is that Americans happen to speak English and that they’re interested in the global warming debate. For this they are to be castigated?
As it happens, I went over to Google Zeitgeist myself and had a look at what country searches “Global Warming True” the most. You can see the results below. As you’ll note, the fraught liberal bloggers can rest easy knowing that their country is not as benighted and primitive as they had feared:
10:39 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Senate remained in session through Monday night and into this morning. The yield of this all-nighter was … nothing. Which was predictable. There never was any legislative point to the exercise. It was for show. The kindest possible description would be that the senators wanted to raise awareness of global warming/climate change which, of course, has hardly been mentioned at all in the great ongoing public conversation. The least kind description would be that the purpose of the all-nighter was to raise cash.
9:24 AM, Mar 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A group of Democratic senators, as Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call reports, are planning to keep the Senate in session all night tonight. This, in order:
Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The political debate over what to do about global warming rages on, largely because liberals refuse to have an honest discussion about their plans to deal with it. The heart of their every proposed “solution” to climate change is a radical economic program that would threaten the livelihood and well-being of millions, based on computer models of dubious accuracy trying to project weather patterns decades into the future. Via Bloomberg News, last week we got an unsettling glimpse into just how extreme the economic plans of the climate commissars really are:
MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised.
It’s time for a conservative alternative to liberal alarmism. Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By ELI LEHRER
President Barack Obama’s climate agenda announced last week represents the latest of many Democratic party efforts to address climate change. Although it includes no new legislation, the president’s plan makes unprecedented use of executive branch powers and offers a great many things that appeal to core Democratic constituencies.
We must deal "responsibly with the clear and present danger of climate change."2:29 PM, Apr 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement marking Earth Day, Secretary of State John Kerry pledges to deal "responsibly with the clear and present danger of climate change." The former presidential candidate also notes the "fragile planet we share with the rest of humanity and which we must protect for future generations."
Good news on natural gas is bad news for a Democratic party full of environmental true-believers Apr 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 31 • By ROBERT H. NELSON
Much has been said recently about the deep tensions within the Republican party. Far less has been said about a sharp division arising inside the Democratic party.
4:34 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama talked about "climate change" with the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, today at the White House. Via the pool report:
On North Korea: “We will continue to try to work to resolve some of those issues diplomatically even as I indicated to the Secretary General that the United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people and to meet our obligations under our alliances in the region.”
9:24 AM, Mar 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bjorn Lomborg claimed on John Stossel's television show last night that money isn't being spent well to combat "global warming":
"The Germans are spending about $110 billion on subsidies for these solar panels," said Lomborg. "The net effect of all those investments will be to postpone global warming by 37 hours by the end of the century."
"All those billions, for 37 hours delay?," asked Stossel.
Except one speaks English, and the other French.12:51 PM, Feb 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the Presidential Palace in Paris, France this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden complimented the French president, Francois Hollande, for sounding exactly like President Barack Obama on "climate change." The only difference, according to Biden? Hollande speaks French, and Obama speaks English.
1:23 PM, Jan 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This last year, 2012, was the warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was also "a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average."