Monday Mirthiness – The Climate-Energy Clown Show

From an article in the New York Sun via  the latest NetZeroWatch newsletter. It seems they can’t make up their minds.


Democrats have spent decades warning that the United States must stop using the most efficient and affordable energy sources or it will be consumed by heat waves, fireballs and cataclysmic weather events. 

Every flood, every hurricane — every natural event, really — is now blamed on climate change. We have burdened our children with an irrational dread over their future. Then again, many in The Cult of Malthus won’t even have children.

So, why, if we’re on the precipice of this apocalypse, if saving the planet trumps every other concern, is President Biden begging everyone to drill? 

On the days Democrats aren’t blaming Vladimir Putin for rising gas prices (a cost the president not long ago argued was worth paying for “freedom”), they’re blaming oil companies for profiteering. 

Wednesday, as the national average hit $5.014 (nearly $2 higher than last year), Mr. Biden sent letters to refining companies threatening to once again abuse his executive powers if they do not immediately alleviate high prices — a political appeal to the imaginary “greedflation.”

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Al Miller
June 20, 2022 9:42 am

This would be funny – if it wasn’t true!
And let’s not forget the gaslighting going on to blame Putin for the cost of fuel…

Reply to  Al Miller
June 20, 2022 10:08 am

Biden has blamed everyone but himself and even with the help of his press, and all of the liars his administration sends out on the Sunday shows, people aren’t buying it.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Rah
June 20, 2022 10:55 am

The part of Jan 6 the Sewer doesn’t want you to remember!

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Rah
June 20, 2022 3:49 pm

Let’s just cogitate together on this a sec. Hunter and papa Joe would surely give their pals in the oil industry (who’ve long quietly yielded the Biden family indecent profits for influence peddling) a good drubbing for the punishing effect of price hikes on the common people whose hopes have been misdirected toward ‘renewable energy’ soon replacing it while a tightened commercial fuel supply made that commodity all the more valuable (with subsequent ‘indecent profits’ references pretending self-distance by those benefiting all along the way). So what’s mystifying about this lucrative racket?

Reply to  Rah
June 20, 2022 5:29 pm

I’m sure many are buying it, at any price offered. Any data, blatant facts, open statements by the miscreants, are nothing more than ‘conspiracy theories’ to the Party faithful, all of whom themselves believe deeply in the oil company conspiracies, the auto manufacturer’s conspiracies, the deniers’ conspiracy, and the conspiracy of any other’s the Party likes to use as whipping dogs.

Reply to  AndyHce
June 20, 2022 9:22 pm

Yea, that’s why Biden is well on the way to being the most hated president in our life times. LBJ and Jimmy have got nothing on him!

Reply to  AndyHce
June 20, 2022 9:53 pm

There is always the 30 percent of know nothings and/or true collectivists. That has been a constant for some time.

Up in the Detroit area not long ago while waiting to be loaded I had a black driver try to convince me that Biden is a great president that saved us from Trump.

Those types will always be with us. But thankfully the know nothings aren’t the type to vote in significant numbers during mid-terms.

Reply to  Rah
June 22, 2022 8:34 pm

Somehow Biden supporters – esp. the high level, promoted Twitter ones – believe that “the President does not set prices” is a good comeback.

Yet the very same people think “economic growth” is proof Biden is a great leader.

June 20, 2022 9:44 am

In Spain in 2008 we were not paying the registration tax (in Europe we have taxes for everything) when buying diesel cars because the socialist government said that “they emit less CO2”. Ten years after, when the socialists came back to government they wanted to forbid using diesel cars because they pollute too much. The same socialist party.
In the end the message is: if your are not rich enough, you do not deserve driving your own car.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Alejandro
June 20, 2022 11:42 am

The European Greens are all the same. One with no technical, scientific or mathematical ability comes up with a bright idea and they all latch onto it and a policy is made despite a few sceptical voices asking “are you sure about this?”. A decade or more later it turns out those voices were right. However Greens and Socialists have moved on to something else.

Reply to  Alejandro
June 22, 2022 8:54 pm

France: diesel among cars sold

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June 20, 2022 9:55 am

Reality is starting to rear its’ head and the Green crowd realizes it’s losing to those that want to retain their lifestyle. It is always easier to appease until it affects you directly.

June 20, 2022 10:20 am

On a slower time scale you also have the same train wreck with mining projects, despite the deflection arguments of relative lack of investment (in the face or stalled or stopped projects on a scale that exceeds anti-pipeline strategy).

Mining Firms’ Cautious Spending Threatens Shift to Green Energy – WSJ

Rud Istvan
June 20, 2022 10:35 am

It is fun watching reality bite hard.

When Biden was illegitimately inaugurated after his stolen election, US was energy independent and a net exporter thanks to Trump energy policies.

Biden cancelled KXL day 1, cancelled ANWAR opening, revoked GoM issued leases, forbade drilling/fracking on federal lands. And then panicked when gasoline inevitably hit $5/gal months before the midterm elections. Red tsunami coming in November.

Steve Case
Reply to  Rud Istvan
June 20, 2022 11:58 am

Red tsunami coming in November

How ’bout:

Democrat mules sans cell phones.

Reply to  Steve Case
June 20, 2022 3:15 pm

The mules are the “justices”

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Steve Case
June 20, 2022 6:23 pm

Imagine seeing MAGA hats & cell phones at known pickup & drop-off spots!
Smile, you’re on Candid Camera! Just spreading the rumor that you’re
doing it may be enough to scare a bunch off!

Mumbles McGuirck
June 20, 2022 10:42 am

What is even more ridiculous, while the Biden Administration has slowed domestic petroleum production it is appealing to foreign sources (OPEC) to increase productivity. This not only outsources US energy needs it increases its carbon footprint. Importing oil from overseas COSTS energy . This is in no way rational. It’s perverse.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
June 20, 2022 10:52 am

I believe that the US productions has to follow more stringent regulations than that of OPEC countries and hence is better for the environment.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
June 20, 2022 12:55 pm

Would be an interesting analysis as ocean shipping is still one of the dirtiest activities.

June 20, 2022 11:14 am

The Biden administration Secretary of Energy, Jenefer Granholm just said the same thing as Josh. Truly Clown Show.
Here is the clip, as best I can.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  TonyL
June 20, 2022 11:36 am

The truth revealed!

John Bell
June 20, 2022 11:18 am

I heard once (~10 years ago) that the high US gas prices were due to having to make so many KINDS of gas to meet all the different federal requirements.

Reply to  John Bell
June 20, 2022 11:32 am

Still true but with fewer refinery players now

Reply to  John Bell
June 20, 2022 11:56 am

Well, that’s part of why CA gas prices are so high…that and they import the majority of their oil.

June 20, 2022 11:38 am

I always worry if a democrat agrees with me on something/anything, it makes me wonder where I went wrong.

Frank S.
June 20, 2022 12:01 pm

The Germans (Karl Benz, in particular) invented the first gasoline powered automobile. There’s been wars fought over oil, fortunes made/lost, now climate change blamed (in part) on this invention. The old wheeze, “Get a horse!” has never been more prescient.

Laralee Nelson
Reply to  Frank S.
June 20, 2022 1:43 pm

ah, but horses are carbon exhalers and methane producers as well. Plus their grazing lands will soon be needed to produce organic foods, which take more space, to commercially turn into meat substitutes – in factories.

June 20, 2022 12:17 pm

And you know that none of the protestations and excuses from Biden and this administration have anything to do with concern for the welfare of the people or economy and everything to do with the midterms.

The J6 kangaroo trial has proven to be a bust as far as being an effective distraction. As has the war in Ukraine. They are now reduced to saying it would be worse if the GOP were in charge!

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Rah
June 20, 2022 1:26 pm

But, but, but, ….

Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 20, 2022 2:46 pm

On the other hand, Trump told his followers to peacefully make their voices heard. And for that they impeached him and are now trying to put him and his cabinet in jail.

It wasn’t that many years ago that we in this country thought it was possible to have political disagreements, without calls to jail those who disagree.
Then the leftists took over.

Bryan A
Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 21, 2022 11:10 pm

Uprising: A protest that supports the Democrat parties views
Insurrection: A protest that supports the Republican parties view

Peta of Newark
June 20, 2022 12:28 pm

It kinda dawned on me, that Biden is a totally empty shell
(That wasn’t The Dawning – that bit’s just obvious)

So who or what is (haha) In Control at the White House?

*Here’s* the dawning – A Committee is in control, has the reins of power and making the executive decisions that a properly functioning President would be making

A nameless faceless unelected & unaccountable gaggle is doing, trying to do, all the moving and shaking but as left-leaning committees always are, they are..

  • Indecisive
  • Muddled, easily confused and mislead
  • Dazzled by their own intelligence
  • Paralysed by self importance
  • Hidebound by Political Correctness
  • Buck passing & blame avoiding
  • Change their minds on a whim for no obvious reason
  • Make bizarre decisions and no-one is ever available to explain

That is what we see in Joe Biden isn’t it?

Is that the same committee that drove itself nuts and into the frenzy of Trump Derangement Syndrome?

explains a lot

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 20, 2022 1:18 pm

Reporter: “You’re lifting the tariffs [on China]?”
Biden: “WE are in the process of making up MY mind.”

Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 20, 2022 2:07 pm

That was hilarious.

Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 20, 2022 2:15 pm

Committees: Because none of us is as dumb as all of us.

June 20, 2022 12:39 pm

Melting Arctic is good, but that’s not good ?!
Melting Arctic sea ice could reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ships, according to scientists.
Arctic routes are regularly blocked by ice, forcing ships to sail more slowly and take indirect routes towards their destinations. However, the melting ice cap could allow vessels to take a more direct path, reducing their carbon footprint.
The journey from Rotterdam to the Japanese port of Yokohama could be made 40 per cent shorter via the Arctic than via the Suez Canal.
Researchers said melting ice would also reduce Russia’s influence over trading, as at present ships must sail along the Russian-controlled routes.
Scientists were quick to point out that this did not mean it was good news that Arctic ice was melting, as it would have a disastrous.

Reply to  Vuk
June 20, 2022 2:18 pm

Currently, the arctic sea ice is around what it has been at this time of the year for the last couple of decades. So, no surprise there. If you look since the 1970s, the trend is downward. I suspect that you could go back to the 1920s and find no trend.

I strongly suspect that the 1970s were also the time when satellite sea ice measurements became the norm. There is plenty of documentary evidence that the sea ice coverage has been much less at various times in the last two centuries.

What I do find surprising is the arctic temperature. Usually at this time of year, the arctic temperature cleaves very close to normal. Wild swings in temperature are reserved for when the ocean is completely ice covered.

Last year, the temperature was visibly below normal for much of the melting season. This year, it has been below normal leading up to the melting season, and is currently even lower than last year.


Reply to  commieBob
June 20, 2022 2:30 pm

Atmospheric heat is the primary factor in the summer, however, the ocean warm currents (AMO-SST) melt the ice from below all year round and that part is cyclical.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  commieBob
June 20, 2022 2:48 pm

Usually at this time of year, the arctic temperature cleaves very close to normal …

As you suggest the green ‘normal’ on the chart (1958 – 2002) is far from normal in the entire instrumental record according to HadCRUT4.

Reply to  commieBob
June 20, 2022 3:49 pm

Usually at this time of year, the arctic temperature cleaves very close to normal. 

Normally, temperatures are close to normal?

Reply to  MarkW
June 20, 2022 4:44 pm

Take 1973 for example. The big temperature excursions occur during the arctic night. During the melt season, the temperature tracks very close to normal. I’m guessing the melting ice controls the temperature.

So far, this year’s melt season temperature is tracking quite low … so far. Of course you have to compare it with multiple years, otherwise, just by itself, it wouldn’t look at all remarkable. My wild ass guess is it’s a couple of standard deviations below normal for this date.

Reply to  commieBob
June 20, 2022 9:33 pm

Melt is down this year so far:

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On land too:
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nw sage
June 20, 2022 1:48 pm

It’s not that they can’t make up their minds — They don’t have any minds to make up!

Reply to  nw sage
June 20, 2022 2:25 pm

This is where consultants and friendly media outlets (95% of them) lend a hand.

June 20, 2022 3:46 pm

Too bad The Stupid doesn’t burn out, or create energy in the process.

Reply to  Felix
June 21, 2022 8:47 am

Regrettably, ya can’t fix stupid. I suspect they are all on drugs. This many people can’t be so stupid naturally.

Mike Maguire
June 22, 2022 9:09 am

Stop Vilifying Oil and Gas Industry, Chevron’s Wirth Tells Biden

Late Tuesday, when asked by a reporter about Wirth’s letter, President Biden called the Chevron chief “mildly sensitive…I didn’t know they’d get their feelings hurt that quickly…We need more refining capacity. This idea that they don’t have oil to drill and to bring up is simply not true. We ought to be able to work something out whereby they’re able to increase refining capacity and still not give up on transitioning to renewable energy.”

Biden’s response shows that he’s clueless!
The transitioning to renewable energy DECREASES refining capacity by design.

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