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Adaptation to Heat: Then and Now

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 3, 2024

 “Getting cooled air piped into the car while enjoying a meal at a drive-in restaurant. Houston, Texas. 1957” (Texas Chronicles)

And now:

Don’t whine, adapt. Just like in the last century–and before.…

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Permanent Subsidy? Industrial Wind’s PTC (14 Extensions)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 2, 2024

“But nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program,” Milton and Rose Friedman wrote in their 1983 primer, Tyranny of the Status Quo. And regarding government help for a developing business? “The infant industry argument is a smoke screen,” the husband-and-wife team observed. “The so-called infants never grow up.”

Industrial wind power is certainly not an infant industry, having been demonstrated as grid electricity in the nineteenth century and again during World War II. [1] But it is dilute and intermittent, fatal qualities as against fossil-fuel generated electricity.

And so although the wind interests have claimed competitiveness (actual or impending) since the 1980s, and received a lifeline subsidy in 1992 (below), the U.S. industrial wind industry is as dependent on government largesse as ever.…

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PhD “Data/Climate Scientist” Can’t Provide Data on Extreme Weather Events

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 1, 2024

“Back to Lindsey Gulden, the self-described Data/Climate Scientist. She would/could not provide a time series example to back up any part of her claim of ‘global climate to go off the rails’ … ‘more extreme events’. I asked her repeatedly for data, and she could only sign-off with ‘I made no such claim‘.”

On LinkedIn, Saul Humphrey stated: 2023 was the hottest year on record and 2024 is threatening to be hotter still.  Humphrey then quotes from an article in The Independent, “Do the People Care About the Climate Crisis? These Voters Say Yes – but Polls Do Not” (April 19, 2024):

In the US 🇺🇸 wildfires destroyed more than 1.7 million acres in the first three months of 2024, already half of last year’s total, and forecasters expect an unprecedented number of Atlantic hurricanes.

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Politico: Populist Backlash Against Climate Policy is Here

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 30, 2024
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Energy & Environmental Review: April 29, 2024

By -- April 29, 2024
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Great Lakes ‘Icebreaker’ Wind Project: Bury the Dead

By Sherri Lange -- April 26, 2024
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Big Ag, not Only Big Oil, on the ‘Climate Change’ Menu

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 25, 2024
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False Energy Transition: The View from Australia (Nick Cater, Menzies Research Centre)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 24, 2024
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DeSmog on IEA-UK: Guilty as Charged!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 23, 2024
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“The Increasing Sustainability of Conventional Energy”: A 25th Anniversary

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 22, 2024
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