Category Archives: Government idiocy

Cooking Grandma

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I got to thinking about the way that California prices its electricity, which is never a good thing for a man’s blood pressure. When I was a kid, the goal of the Public Utilities Commission … Continue reading

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Posted in Energy, Government idiocy | Tagged , , , , | 320 Comments

Saturday silliness – The only thing more ridiculous than ‘Eli Rabett’: the required USDA rabbit disaster plan

People send me stuff. Here at WUWT, we all tend to laugh at Dr. Joshua Halpern who fancies himself as a rabbit and writes in tongues third person as ‘Eli Rabett‘ about the evils of global warming to show everyone … Continue reading

Posted in extreme weather, Government idiocy, Humor, Ridiculae, Satire | Tagged , , , , | 70 Comments

The President’s Climate Action Plan – the good, the bad, and the ugly (with full documents)

This post was written last night, shortly after I received the document. It is autopublishing at 6AM EDT (3AM PDT) since I’ll hopefully be asleep here in California when the embargo time passes. There were two documents provided to the … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Obama Climate Plan | Tagged , , , , | 204 Comments

DOE Green Energy Loans: $11.45 million per job and a rounding error’s worth of averted carbon emissions.

Guest Post by David Middleton The cost of each taxpayer-financed green energy job created since 2009: $26.32 billion divided by 2,298 jobs = $11.45 million per job… Green energy jobs and DOE loans are tallied under programs 1703 and 1705 … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Coal, Energy, Government idiocy, natural gas, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

Yeo Ho Ho! We told you so

From the I smell bacon department and Josh: Tim Yeo’s fall. For those who don’t know, he is an MP and Chairman of the UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. Front page in The Sunday Times today and, of … Continue reading

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King Canuccitelli plans to tax carbon right out of the air

Many readers know the story of the Viking turned King who was said to be able to hold back the sea, only to realize that he had no such power. King Canute the Great, the legend says, seated on his … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon credits, Carbon dioxide, carbon tax, Government idiocy, Opinion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 108 Comments

‘Richard Windsor’ seems to be a governmental ‘everyman’ issue

It seems that the Associated Press has taken notice of what CEI’s Chris Horner first reported (here at WUWT and elsewhere) about the EPA’s secret email alias of “Richard Windsor” and has found the same sort of off the books … Continue reading

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Saturday silliness – more motivation to leave California

Yesterday I lamented the potential banning of fire. For those of you that don’t know, I live in a town that rivals Berkeley for nuttiness. Thanks to the progressive thinking fomented by Chico State University, Chico is often like an … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Humor, Local_issues, Satire | Tagged , , | 155 Comments

Time to leave – California wants to ban campfires at the beach

From the Washington Times, idiocy only bureaucrats could muster: “Since man first rubbed a pair of sticks together to make a fire, we’ve gathered around a campfire to cook food, enjoy good company and bask in the warmth of the … Continue reading

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Washington passes wind

Reader Richard Lyman submits this story from AP and the “What we all knew but Washington would never admit because it stinks to high heaven department“. It is about how certain green interests get a pass on Endangered Species Act … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, wind power | Tagged , , , , | 53 Comments

Lomborg: Californians are paying ridiculous subsidies for electric cars

 Guest post by Bjørn Lomborg I’ve said electric cars get subsidized too much. Turns out I was wrong. In California, they are subsidized ridiculously too much. Tesla gets $45,000 for each car it sells in state and federal subsidies. The … Continue reading

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Lords a leapin

Guest post by Mike Jonas From the UK’s BBC comes this news item: Trillion-euro shortfall facing EU energy sector – Lords Committee Under the obligatory photo of chimneys spewing steam, is a totally uncritical article on the final report from … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon credits, Coal, Energy, Government idiocy, nuclear power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

English Winters Back To Normal–Julia Blames Global Warming!

By Paul Homewood According to the Sun, Britain’s winters are getting colder because of melting Arctic ice, the Government’s forecaster said yesterday. Met Office chief scientist Julia Slingo said climate change was “loading the dice” towards freezing, drier weather — … Continue reading

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A new high resolution look at North Korea, where it is ‘Earth Hour’ every night

We’ve made fun in the past of the lack of basic electrical infrastructure in North Korea, comparing its light footprint from space with the anti human progress Earth Hour, and with good reason – It’s really a dark country in … Continue reading

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Forget the need for a U.S. carbon tax – the economy has put a big dent in gasoline use and driving

UPDATED: see below A few days ago I did a report on the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) numbers for carbon dioxide emissions, showing that it was clearly down, and back to levels not seen since 1994, and noting that … Continue reading

Posted in carbon tax, Economy-health, Energy, Government idiocy | Tagged , , | 156 Comments

Climate Change: Key Mission for the US Navy?

Guest post by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times. The United States Navy has embraced climate change ideology. In an interview with the Boston Globe on March 9, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Navy’s top officer in … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Government idiocy, Ridiculae | Tagged , , | 83 Comments

Oil Production on Federal Lands Fell Again in 2012 – Climate Progress Blames Geology

Guest post by David Middleton “We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.” –President Obama, Feb. 12, 2013 Yes, Mr. President, we do produce more oil at home than we have in quite a long time. … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, natural gas, petroleum, Politics | Tagged , , | 41 Comments

‘Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.’

That headline is from this article in The Atlantic. Below is from Globalwarming.org What EPA Transparency Looks Like in Most Open, Honest Administration Ever This time, we got actual emails … that revealed a lot … about the fine art … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Hansen’s 4 year doom cycle gets rebooted

WUWT readers may recall this from 2009: Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms… That is how we will preserve our … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Government idiocy, James Hansen, Politics | Tagged , , | 137 Comments

The climate fools rush in at the inaguration

From AP Video: President Barack Obama is pledging to respond to what he calls “the threat of climate change.” He says that failing to do so would be a betrayal of the nation’s children, and of future generations. (Jan. 21) … Continue reading

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NOAA SOTC Claim that 2012 Was Warmest La Nina Year is Wrong

NOAA’s Definition and Data Contradict Their Claim That 2012 Was The Warmest La Niña Year Guest post by Bob Tisdale In the 2012 State of the Climate Report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated (my boldface): 2012 ranked as … Continue reading

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EPA Doubles Down on ‘Richard Windsor’ Stonewall

Guest post by Chris Horner [Emails are now available online - see below] After First admitting to Jackson’s false identity, EPA pretends it doesn’t exist So much for we have nothing to hide. In EPA’s first production of Lisa Jackson’s … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Hansen and Karl go on about certainty

There’s a press conference going on right now with NCDC’s Tom Karl and NASA GISS Dr. James Hansen. They want us to believe them, about the certainty of their conclusions from data. I just checked the “State of the Climate … Continue reading

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Hansen and Karl to put on a “worse than we thought” event

From a press release, apparently the writer has no clue that the NASA GISS data is a derivative of the NOAA data, and thus the claim of “NASA and NOAA each independently produce a record of Earth’s surface temperatures…” is … Continue reading

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Does NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) keep two separate sets of climate books for the USA?

UPDATE: See the first ever CONUS Tavg value for the year from the NCDC State of the Art Climate Reference Network here and compare its value for July 2012. There’s another surprise. Glaring inconsistencies found between State of the Climate … Continue reading

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Law of unintended consequences – fuel tax designed to lower air pollution actually creates more air pollution

Another application of the Grecian government formula blows up in their faces. From EuroNews: Smog hits Athens as cash-strapped residents choose fire over fuel Bad news for austerity-stricken Greeks is also proving to be bad news for the environment – … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Government idiocy | Tagged , , , , | 99 Comments

A Subsidy That’s Blowin’ in the Wind

Guest post by Steve Goreham The U.S. wind industry is in despair. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), a subsidy of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour to producers of electricity from wind turbines, is set to expire at the end of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, wind power | 125 Comments

EPA, email, dogs, and all that

UPDATE: the story keeps changing, see below. As a follow up to our story yesterday: Is the EPA running a black-ops program? According to a report in POLITICO, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson named her internal email account “Richard Windsor”  due … Continue reading

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Chris Horner responds to the EPA statement today on the question of them running a black-ops program

Earlier today I posted this story linking to the IBD editorial: Is the EPA running a black-ops program? I got this direct email statement from the EPA, to which Horner responds. This email was sent directly to me this morning, my … Continue reading

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Is the EPA running a black-ops program?

UPDATE: I got a direct email from the EPA with a statement. See below. From Investors Business Daily: Clandestine Government: During his first full day in the White House, Barack Obama promised he’d brought with him “a new era of … Continue reading

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The Secret 28 Who Made BBC ‘Green’ Will Not Be Named

The BBC pits six lawyers against one questioning blogger, Tony Newbery of Harmless Sky, who was making an FOI request for the 28 names. In the process, the judge demonstrates he has partisan views on climate change. Via Dr. Benny … Continue reading

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More ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ from Seinfeld

I’ve always said that the global warming story is just like another product of Vandelay Industries, as some of the more alarming parts foisted on us are simply sitcom variety fiction. Even Jim Hansen’s NASA GISS office has a hilarious … Continue reading

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Will a new ‘Weather Commission’ be a benefit or a travesty?

This smells like Trenberth’s doings at the behest of Al Gore and his “Dirty Weather” Campaign. If so, then I’m against it, because all this will do is create another bureaucracy loaded with opinionated thinkers sucking up more tax dollars … Continue reading

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Government Gone Wild: California Department of Fish and Game diverts fishing and hunting license monies to study climate change

This is excerpts from a column that appeared Sunday by Chico Enterprise-Record editor David Little. To say he’s annoyed would be an understatement, especially when he titles it ‘Another startling episode of ‘Your Tax Dollars At Work’  – Anthony By … Continue reading

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A stern rebuttal to the Stern review

A member of the UK parliament, MP Peter Lilley, has written a scathing rebuttal study to the 2006 “Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change” which has been used a a basis for UK government to move forward with … Continue reading

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