27 Inches of Global Warming


This time last week, folks were running around buying up all the bread, milk, and toilet paper in town because of the coming Snowpocalypse. Most of this past Monday was spent digging out from a near-record snowfall.

I was reading a piece at NRO by David French that deals with the failure of the apocalyptic environmental predictions we get from the pseudoscientific left while I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking out across a lawn that still has a foot or so of global warming on it. He does a nice job of comparing the prophets of ecological doom to preachers predicting the imminence of the Rapture. The preachers come out ahead of the ecozealots, who never seem to walk the walk they’re selling.

They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum.

Read the whole thing.

A Dumb Idea About “Smart” Guns


The President has ordered the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to study smart gun technology.

Here’s the TL;DR on the subject.

1. As an electrical engineer, I know how reliable electronic components are. I wouldn’t trust a gun that would be bricked by a capacitor or semiconductor failing. Or a dead battery.

2. If something uses software, it can be hacked. I wouldn’t trust a gun that someone could disable—or fire—remotely.

UPDATE—M1911_C_A_D.001

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


As you read this, remember that Al Gore was next in line to be Commander-in-Chief for 8 years.MarkBosloughAssuming that Gore is not being misquoted, this represents a complete about face on global warming climate change. DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of readiness and engagement for the Armed Forces. (SAC was put on DEFCON 2 during the Cuban Missle Crisis. No other units have ever been past DEFCON 3.)

Or maybe it represents … oh, never mind.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Gina McCarthy, the head of the Obama Administration’s EPA, wants to help fight global warming by reducing the efficiency of air conditioning. She wants to further restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons which are used as the working fluids in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. There are substitutes such as ammonia, but they are less efficient.

So the way to fight global warming is to reduce the efficiency of air conditioning so that even more energy will be required. We’re gonna need a whole lot of windmills to handle that.

Solar Plant May Need Carbon Offset


A solar-powered generating plant in California emits enough CO2 (46,000 ton per year) that it will be required to participate in the state’s cap and trade program. Investors.com reports that the plant which uses mirrors to focus sunlight on boilers atop three towers uses natural gas.

First, it burns natural gas to pre-heat the water at the top of the three towers before the sun comes up. Then, …  it “has auxiliary gas boilers that kick in whenever cloud cover blocks the sun.”
Ivanpah also has a nasty habit of cooking birds that happen to fly too close to the towers — 3,500 of them in its first year …
Somehow these bird deaths don’t seem to upset environmentalists very much.

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Environmentalist Losers


David Harsanyi has an essay over at The Federalist titled Environmentalists Will Lose, And That’s Great News For Mankind. Taking a critique of a recent piece by Jonathan Chait as his starting point, Harsanyi debunks the idea that climate change is our biggest bugaboo since the Second World War. He points out that the significant improvements in living conditions around the world had been almost completely driven by market forces bringing the benefits of technology to an increasingly greater share of the world’s people and that command economies have stunted economic progress, holding billions in poverty.

Now, unlike coal, oil, gas, and market economics, an environmentalist has never lifted anyone out of poverty. But if you’re convinced that every wildfire and tornado is the fault of Koch Brothers, Ayn Rand and a recalcitrant GOP Congress, this moral structure probably makes some sense to you. If you believe the moral magnitude of climate change falls somewhere short of the killing of 70 million people (we don’t know the exact number World War II took), but is a more a pressing problem than mass hunger or disease or war, I can understand why you think doing nearly anything to stop it is okay. Like emulating one-party authoritarianism, for instance.

Not many people are going to volunteer for a life of poverty. The numbers are not on the environmentalists’ side.

Read the whole thing.