Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Sux

Guest Post By Willis Eschenbach Bizarrely, and unlike almost every other industrialized country, the US has fuel efficiency standards for cars. Each corporation (Ford, Chevy, etc.) has to meet certain fuel economy standards called the CAFE standards. Let me start by saying that I think that this is governmental over-reach. In virtually every other part…

Bill Nye Loses The Plot

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Bill Nye the not-really-Science Guy was on Tucker Carlson tonight. Tucker tried time after time to get Nye to say how much of the change was due to humans … and time after time, Nye refused to say what his opinion was. So Tucker got him to agree that the…

A Reverse Greenhouse Effect

Guest Post By Willis Eschenbach [See two Updates at the end] Here’s an oddity. Some very clever folks have invented a plastic film that cools surfaces by as much as 10°C. From Science magazine: Cheap plastic film cools whatever it touches up to 10°C By Robert F. Service Feb. 9, 2017 , 2:00 PM If heat…

Scientists, Please Don’t March

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach-Crossposted from my blog, Skating Under The Ice. Well, the bad news is that a whole bunch of scientists are going to have a march on Washington … on Earth Day. Why is this a bad idea? Three reasons. There’s no clarity on what they are marching for. There’s no clarity…

Parrotfish Vindicated

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Four years ago I wrote a post called “The Parrotfish Should Be The National Bird“, about the critical place that the parrotfish plays in the life of both the reef and the coral atolls that depend on the reef. It was based mostly on my years of scuba and snorkel…

AltUSNatParkService

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach — crossposted from my blog, Skating Under The Ice Let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan and frequent user of our National Park System. I’m also a dedicated and lifelong conservationist, concerned with our natural environment that is the basis of all life. So please don’t take…

Palestinian Climate Change Part II

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In my prior post on this subject, Palestinian Climate Change, I reported that I was overjoyed that the UNFCCC, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, had admitted Palestine as a full member. At the time I said: I also recall from a few years ago that when Palestine was…