Category Archives: Government idiocy

Barking Mad – A rave, prompted by facing insane heating costs

Guest essay by Caleb Shaw It is a painful thing to confront someone whom one is accustomed to respecting, and to tell that person they are barking mad. Usually one avoids it, or dismisses the other’s strange behavior as “a … Continue reading

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Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, Opinion | 125 Comments

NCDC: ‘our algorithm is working as designed’

In a statement to Polifact today, NCDC made the following statement: “… our algorithm is working as designed” One wonders though, about these sorts of things that have been found wrong in their data file for USHCN, which is represented … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, NCDC, NOAA | 135 Comments

NOAA’s temperature control knob for the past, the present, and maybe the future – July 1936 now hottest month again

Two years ago during the scorching summer of 2012, July 1936 lost its place on the leaderboard and July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the United States. Now, as if by magic, and according to NOAA’s own … Continue reading

Posted in Adjustments/Corrections, Climate data, Government idiocy, NOAA | 189 Comments

Climate Warning to be Removed from Aussie Driving Handbook

While Al Gore brings his trademark ‘Gore Effect’ to Canberra, it seems some of the most ridiculous climate edicts of the KRudd/Gillard administrations are being purged. Eric Worrall writes: A bizarre warning to Australian learner drivers, in the official State … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy | 45 Comments

Failure of the primary mission at the VA – vets died while VA bureaucrats obsessed over green energy installation

Green energy gets the green light while people that served our country with honor have to wait in line, dying while waiting. For example, does anyone other than Eco-zealots give a flying f about having solar car ports at the … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Green tech, Sustainability | 68 Comments

John Holdren’s Bi-Polar Vortex, Part II – appeal filed

(part 1 is here) By Sam Kazman, CEI Back on June 6th, OSTP (the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) officially declined to reexamine its highly-publicized January explanation for the extremely cold winter.  According to that video, The … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy | 35 Comments

John Holdren’s ‘personal’ Bi-Polar Vortex video

OSTP rules Holdren’s video released by the White House was “personal opinion” and therefore not subject to Data Quality Act. Guest essay by Sam Kazman  Back in January, in the midst of one incredibly cold winter, John Holdren, Director of … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Vortex | 110 Comments

U.S. Postal Service issues ‘global warming’ Forever® stamp?

This just in from the U.S.Postal service. (h/t to Marc Morano) In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service introduces Global: Sea Surface Temperatures, a new Forever® international rate stamp. Hmmm, not only is it an oddball stamp, being round, it isn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming, Government idiocy, Sea Surface Temperature | 65 Comments

EPA spokeswonk tries to sell Obama’s power plan with nirvana style graphics

Wow, this EPA guy (Joseph Goffman, EPA Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel) thinks that renewables are going to make up 30% of the power grid by 2030. That may be, but the big hidden gotcha in that is that … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, EPA, Government idiocy, Green tech, Obamas War on Energy | 128 Comments

Obama’s big EPA announcement tomorrow translates directly to higher electricity prices

The President thinks his plan will “boost the economy by $43 billion to $74 billion” – he’s living in a fantasy world. From Bloomberg (apparently one of those “read in” to tomorrow’s announcement): President Barack Obama will propose cutting greenhouse-gas … Continue reading

Posted in EPA, Government idiocy, Politics | 137 Comments

Oh, joy, climate waste on the local level now

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning CAMBRIDGE, MA — An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning — … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy | 64 Comments

Oops! ‘Dieselification’ of London due to CO2 regulations have increased actual air pollution

London’s Dirty Secret: Pollution Worse Than Beijing’s Reader Drew H. submits this story. It’s the law of unintended consequences at work. European Union efforts to fight climate change favored diesel fuel over gasoline because it emits less carbon dioxide, or … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Air pollution, Government idiocy | 114 Comments

John Kerry reaches new highs of beclowning himself with temperature

I’m pretty sure he’ll blame his blathering on the heat. You have to wonder if privately, many leading climate alarmists are saying quietly “shut up John you are blowing our argument“. (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry told an … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Government idiocy | 114 Comments

Governor ‘Moonbeam’ beclowns himself over sea level rise at LAX airport

Proof positive politicians can’t do simple math. From the LA Times today: Brown’s remarks came a day after the release of two studies finding that a slow-motion and irreversible collapse of a massive cluster of glaciers in Antarctica has begun … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Government idiocy, Sea level | 117 Comments

‘Houston, we have a dumbass problem’

I’m truly sorry about the title, but nothing else really describes the ridiculousness of the pronouncement by the White House aide John Podesta over these two satellite images in a maddeningly idiotic story from the Washington Post. In a Feb. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, El Nino Basics, ENSO, Government idiocy, Politics, snowfall | Tagged , , , , , | 188 Comments

Idiots on parade: Portland water bureau’s tenuous grasp of science

From ARStechnica and the stupid, it burns, department comes this ridiculous story of a bureaucrat gone off the rails. See the video that set off this pissing match below. The city of Portland, OR will empty a 38-million gallon reservoir … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Ridiculae | 125 Comments

Going Postal – Why the Pony Express is still faster than the U.S Post Office in the West

This has nothing to do with climate or the usual WUWT fare, though it does shine a light on government inefficiency, so I thought I’d share this for entertainment purposes. Last Monday, about 1PM on March 10th, I ordered an … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy | 126 Comments

Analysis: Tesla may have made over $100 million off the CARB enabled battery swap ZEV credit scheme

Guest essay by Alberto Zaragoza Comendador In the past I’ve provided estimates of the money Tesla has made off this mysterious feature enabled by credits authorized by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). These estimates were very simplistic: basically I … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Green tech | 83 Comments

Watch the Senate climate pajama party all-nighter live

In case you haven’t heard about it, the Senate is having a “denier bashing fest” while they bask in the warmth provided by steam from the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant. If Jim Hansen and Senator Tim Wirth can turn up … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Politics | 131 Comments

Obama Administration to Insert Global Warming Activism into Dietary Guidelines Mandated by Congress

Aaargh! Forget nutrition and medical guidelines, carbon footprint is the new diet selector. Climate Change Activists to Meet Food Police at Closed-Door Meeting March 14 New York, NY / Washington DC – At a closed-door meeting to take place March 14, the … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon footprint, Economy-health, Government idiocy | 143 Comments

A must read: Why Secretary of State John Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change

By Dr. Richard McNider and Dr. John Christy In a Feb. 16 speech in Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry assailed climate-change skeptics as members of the “Flat Earth Society” for doubting the reality of catastrophic climate change. He said, … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Climate ugliness, Government idiocy | 185 Comments

The real reason for flooding in Somerset Levels? Not global warming – river management

UPDATE: Satellite images added. UPDATE2: Upon further inspection of satellite images and flood maps I’ve concluded that while what this commenter had to say about the history is indeed true, the impact in this situation is not particularly relevant. I … Continue reading

Posted in flooding, Government idiocy, Weather | 276 Comments

Report from the Office of the Inspector General: Global Climate Change Program Data May Be Unreliable

From the “we’ve told you so time and again” department comes this agreement with my assessment of the state of the climate programs as conducted by the US Government. Readers may recall this report from the GAO that was spurred … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Government idiocy | 60 Comments

Bombshell from the Snowden Docs: The U.S. Spied on Negotiators at 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit via the NSA

From the “don’t trust but verify” department comes the revelation that the Obama administration went into COP15 negotiation with spy help. WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United … Continue reading

Posted in Copenhagen Climate Conference, Government idiocy | 152 Comments

New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, EPA, FOI, Government idiocy, Politics | 105 Comments

Scandal: BBC’s six-year cover-up of secret ‘green propaganda’ training for top executives

David Rose of the Mail on Sunday tears the BBC a new one, thanks to an “amateur climate blogger”. Pensioner forces BBC to lift veil on 2006 eco-seminar to top executives Papers reveal influence of top green campaigners including Greenpeace … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, media | Tagged , , | 180 Comments

Friday Funny – fresh lunacy from Bill McKibben and 350.org

Ah, you knew it had to happen. Taking a page from the “smoking kills” campaigns, the McKibbenites are petitioning the land of fruits and nuts to put new warning labels on gas pumps warning buyers about the evils of gasoline … Continue reading

Posted in 350.org connect the dots, Alarmism, Global warming, GLOC, Government idiocy | 226 Comments

The White House gets into the ‘polar vortex’ climate change blame business

Watch John Holdren struggle to explain  the “waviness” of the circumpolar vortex aka the ‘polar vortex’ in today’s news cycle. Also, he says: “If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells like the one we’re having in the United States … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Bad science, Government idiocy | Tagged , , | 185 Comments

Could this study on honesty and government service explain the EPA climateer fraud and ‘Climategate’ ?

A new paper published the National Bureau of Economic Research has given an insight that may explain some of the personal decisions that led to the recent EPA corruption fiasco Massive fraud at the EPA from agency’s top paid climate official … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, Government idiocy | 90 Comments

Blind faith in climate models

WUWT reader Jim Cripwell writes in a comment I’m so annoyed with this…From today’s GWPF, I find http://www.thegwpf.org/uk-government-no-global-cooling-centuries/ I quote: “The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Baroness Verma) (Con): The UK government has made substantial … Continue reading

Posted in Global cooling, Government idiocy | Tagged , , | 93 Comments

My Obamacare experience

First, apologies to my readers for the diversion from the usual fare, but I’ll point out that this entry is covered under the masthead in the category of “recent news” and there’s a relevant WUWT category. Since like many of … Continue reading

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The bull and the Borg

NOTE: This satirical piece is rooted in facts. Having been to Australia on tour myself, I also heard the claims of bureaucratic abuse from many of the farmers who attended my talks. While Monckton’s essay has some biting satirical humor … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Government idiocy | Tagged , , , , | 113 Comments

The IPCC gets a billboard at Coors field

In a moment of unusual candor, a UN bureaucrat admitted that global warming is really about wealth redistribution. CFACT shared his statement on a new billboard, right outside the Rockies 50,000+ seat ball park in Denver, Colorado.

Posted in Government idiocy, IPCC | Tagged , , | 61 Comments

Climate Craziness of the Week – taxing sunlight

No, I’m not kidding. Truly, idiocy has no bounds. In Spain, they appear to have actually done this, with fines up to 30 million Euros for non compliance. The stupid, it sunburns. Air will be next. Breath tax. From MISH’S … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Craziness of the Week, Government idiocy | Tagged , , , | 134 Comments

EPA sues Oklahoma utility for obeying the law

Guest post by David Middleton Just when you think that the EPA cannot possibly get any more idiotic… U.S. EPA sues OG&E over work at Oklahoma coal power plants Tue Jul 9, 2013 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, Environment, EPA, Government idiocy, Ridiculae | Tagged , , , | 124 Comments