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October 22nd, 2022 - 1:00 pm § in Environment

Anti-oil protests, meh

Back in the 1970s, when people fretted over “peak oil” and freaked out about long gas lines caused by Arab oil embargoes, Ralph Nader said “the world is awash in oil.” He was right, of course; much more oil has been found, and technological advances (e.g., fracking) have unlo[...]

October 11th, 2022 - 4:12 pm § in Environment, Politics, Republicans

Why do Republicans hate electric cars?

“The Biden administration has made support for EVs a top priority,” Huffington Post says (here), and that’s probably enough reason right there. In today’s tribal politics, at least on the Republican side, “if they’re for it, we’re ag’in it.” But [...]

September 29th, 2022 - 1:56 pm § in Environment

Dining in Venice

This photo is a bit unfair, because St. Mark’s Square isn’t always underwater, only during the seasonal high tides. And the flooding isn’t solely caused by sea level rise due to climate change; the ground under the city is sinking. Read why here. But what you see here is perhaps sy[...]

September 15th, 2022 - 2:58 pm § in Environment, Politics

Why nobody respects Congress

To keep this post readably short, I won’t go over the long history of colorful and vile characters who’ve served in Congress at one time or another. I’ll just say voters can elect anybody they want to, and sometimes do, and let it go at that. And also that polls through the years h[...]

August 22nd, 2022 - 4:52 pm § in Environment, Politics, Science

Technically, nobody is too stupid to be a U.S. senator

Seriously, the only qualifications to be a U.S. senator are you must “have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and … when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State …” (U.S. Const., Art. I, §3). The Framers intentionally gave[...]

August 21st, 2022 - 11:07 pm § in China, Environment

China’s rivers are drying up, too

In China, the Yangtze River’s water levels “have been falling rapidly due to a drought and a heatwave in China’s southwestern region,” CNN says (read story here). “Rainfall in the Yangtze basin has been around 45% lower than normal,” CNN said. “As many as 66[...]

July 15th, 2022 - 12:52 pm § in Europe, Science

U.K.’s 2050 climate is here now

     “Two years ago,” CNN reports, “forecasters in the UK conducted an interesting thought experiment: What will our forecasts look like in 2050?”      Meteorologists at the U.K.’s official weather agency produced “super long-range climate models in the sum[...]

March 15th, 2022 - 6:40 pm § in Politics, Religion, Science

Here’s GOP candidate’s “proof” evolution isn’t real

“At one time, science said man came from apes, did it not?” No. Science never said “man came from apes.” But that’s what GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker told a congregation on Sunday, March 13, 2022 (story here), adding for good measure, “If that is true” (it i[...]

February 25th, 2022 - 12:15 am § in Environment, Politics

Oklahoma GOP Sen. Imhofe to retire

Sen. Jim Imhofe (R-OK), 87, who was re-elected to a 5th term in 2020, is expected to announce this weekend he will resign at the end of this year so his successor can be elected this coming November (see story here). Imhofe previously had said he wouldn’t run for reelection in 2026. He plans t[...]

November 27th, 2021 - 1:44 am § in Environment, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Arizona GOP sues to keep out climate change

Faced with irrefutable proof of climate change — the proof of their own eyes — Republicans no longer deny it’s happening. Now, their battle has shifted to keeping it out of their states. By preventing people from elsewhere bringing it with them. For example, when the Arizona attorn[...]