ManBearPig, Climategate and Watermelons

Nick Gillespie of Reason TV talks with British writer and journalist James Delingpole about his new book Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors.

A self-described conservative libertarian, Delingpole claims that anthropogenic climate change is not as extensive as is widely asserted, and links mainstream scientific projections with “the atavistic impulse which leads generation after generation to believe it is the chosen one: the generation so special that it and it alone will be the one privileged to experience the end of the world; and the generation so egotistical that it imagines itself largely responsible for that imminent destruction.”


How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Maybe I’m naïve to believe that we can “invent” our way out what may currently appear to be intractable environmental problems by means of technological innovation and unconventional thinking, but talks like this help provide much encouragement to consider what may be possible, rather than simply dwelling on what is not.

Green Police

Being an effete liberal elitist, I didn’t watch Super Bowl XLIV this past weekend and so missed all the big-budget commercials. Since then however, I’ve heard this spot for the new Audi TDI (a really very ugly car, imho) was one of the best:

Hmmm. If so, it doesn’t say much for the rest of the ad lineup. It’s kind of funny, I guess. You know, if you happen to find Reno 911 a hoot. It’s curious though to speculate what demographic the ad was meant to attract. For what it’s worth, National Post’s Lorne Gunter thought it was “brilliant” — so maybe it was aimed at smug, intellectually meretricious assholes.

Speaking of which, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he really did mope around his house (or the bedroom, in any case) wearing a pair of welder’s goggles, or that he may in fact have a secret stash of disposable diapers as was alluded to in his recent column

COP15 Protests*

Protesters at the COP15 conference armed with drums, whistles and (as yet) undeployed spray cans…

Aside from annoying neighborhood residents with their irksome racket and forcing local shopkeepers to hastily board up their stores to prevent windows being violently smashed in (for the sake of saving the environment, presumably) it’s somewhat difficult to determine exactly what possible effect these youthfully exuberant gatherings might have.

Jon Stewart has a new feature on his show called “You’re Not Helping!” that would most definitely apply to these folks. What purpose is served by such nonsensical demonstrations escapes me.

The Uptake has many more videos following the pointless antics of these folks getting arrested and sometimes fleeing from the implacable Danish police forces.

*I suspect there will be more of these protest-related posts in the coming days.

Apocalypse? No

In light of the recent furor surrounding the e-mails extracted by a hacker from the climactic research unit at the University of East Anglia, now might be a good time to take another look at the excellent presentation made by Lord Christopher Monckton to the Cambridge Union last year challenging the “settled science” of global warming.

More germane to the current “Climategate” scandal and the upcoming Copenhagen summit, Monckton appeared on the Alex Jones program (yes, yes… I know — he’s more than a little deranged) to discuss implications of the revelations and the draft treaty being proposed.

The additional four parts can be viewed here, here, here and here.

Dealing With Cow Farts

House Minority leader John Boehner (which, by the way, isn’t to be pronounced “boner”) makes a complete jackass of himself ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos while attempting to answer a question about what alternative the Republican Party would propose instead of the Obama administration’s cap-and-trade scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

And speaking of mudfortunate idiots