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PowerLine -> Media Alert – The Future of Energy: Looks Like It’s Still Coal

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  • Media Alert
  • And in Other “Settled Science”
  • The Future of Energy: Looks Like It’s Still Coal
  • Did CNN “out” the wrong a**hole?
  • Is CNN > Trump?
Media Alert

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 04:14 PM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

I will guest host Joe Soucheray’s Garage Logic radio show tomorrow and Friday. Readers in the Twin Cities area are almost certainly familiar with the show; it airs from 1 to 3 Central on AM 1500.

For those in other areas who don’t know about the show, Garage Logic is an often-humorous celebration of common sense, in opposition to the Mystery that is propagated by euphorians. The show is well worth catching–hopefully, even with a guest host–and you can listen at the link. The Rookie and I will be discussing the news of the day, fireworks and traffic congestion, among other things.


And in Other “Settled Science”

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 03:59 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

A recent book on Alcohol and Aging offers this very important chapter abstract:

Epidemiological studies have observed that older adults who consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol have a higher cognitive functioning and are less likely to develop different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, compared to older adults who do not consume alcohol. Similar findings have been reported by studies that have examined midlife alcohol consumption and cognitive functioning during old age. The apparent benefits of consuming light to moderate amounts of alcohol have been attributed to increased cell proliferation in specific regions of the brain, antioxidative properties of alcohol, and reduced risk for health conditions associated with accelerated cognitive decline and dementia. However, there is a debate regarding whether alcohol plays a causal role in preserving cognitive functioning during old age and older adults who abstain from alcohol should not be advised to start consuming alcohol. The objective of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive summary of the evidence from animal and human studies that have examined the effect that alcohol consumption has on the brain and cognitive functioning. This chapter also reviews the evidence for a causal relationship between alcohol and cognition as well as alternative explanations for the observed findings from epidemiological studies. Finally, we conclude by providing future research directions that can be pursued to clarify the relationship between alcohol consumption and cognitive functioning during old age.

Looks like Cliff Clavin is vindicated once again, as he famously hypothesized on Cheers:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole because the general speed and health of the whole group keep improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

This is exactly how it works for me! As I always like to say, balanced nutrition requires the intake of all four major booze groups (red wine, white wine, distilled spirits, and beer). Take no chances.


The Future of Energy: Looks Like It’s Still Coal

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 02:22 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

One of the refrains of anguish following Trump’s sagacious decision to ditch the Kellogg-Briand Pact Paris Climate Accord was that the United States would be “ceding world leadership” in promoting “clean energy,” along with some fancy-sounding statistics about how renewable energy is soaring in China.  Well, about that:

As Beijing Joins Climate Fight, Chinese Companies Build Coal Plants

By Hiroko Tabuchi

When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as President Trump vowed to “bring back coal” in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing’s new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.

But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.

These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.

Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent(Emphasis added.)

The climatistas like to say that anyone who dissents from the narrow orthodoxy of Al Gore is a “denier,” yet amidst the Paris Climate Accord’s provision that every nation will soon submit its plan for how to essentially de-carbonize their entire energy infrastructure by the year 2050, I notice that all of the long-range forecasts of our Energy Information Administration, the International Energy Agency in Paris, and just about every private sector forecasting firm, expect that in 2050 three-quarters of the world’s energy will still be provided by traditional hydrocarbons. Just who are the deniers now?

I think we should start calling the climatistas “reality deniers.” Especially when you see stories like these about how the “unstoppable” renewable energy revolution looks to be stopping in lots of places:

New proposals would kill solar and wind in the European Union

In mid-May, European grid regulators spoke out against priority dispatch for renewables. If the proposals are adopted, it will be hard to add more wind or solar capacity.

Have I mentioned lately that Germany’s CO2 emissions are going back up because they are burning more coal to replace the nuclear power they are shutting down? I guess wind and solar just don’t cut it, despite over $100 billion in subsidies over the last 15 years.

And this:

North Carolina Legislators Pass Two-Year Ban on Wind Turbines

North Carolina state lawmakers passed a two-year-long moratorium on the construction of new wind turbines early Friday morning.

If enacted, the measure will be the longest statewide halt on wind energy development ever passed in any state. Tennessee passed a year-long moratorium on new wind turbines in May.

At least as far as energy goes, the answer, my friend, is not blowing in the wind.


Did CNN “out” the wrong a**hole?

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 12:43 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

That’s what might be inferred from this BuzzFeed story. According to BuzzFeed’s analysis, the CNN–WWE GIF that President Donald Trump tweeted last week was not the same as the one created by HanA**holeSolo.

However, the GIF used by Mr. H.A. Solo is quite similar to the one tweeted by the president. Given the similarity and Mr. Solo’s abject apology, he’s not the wrong guy by much.

What happened, according to BuzzFeed, is this:

Someone downloaded the GIF that HanA**holeSolo originally posted to Reddit. Then that person cropped it to better fit a video player like Facebook or YouTube. Then they (sic) went through the effort of syncing it back up with audio from the original clip. Then that person put it somewhere where Trump or one of Trump’s people could see it and download it.

I don’t think BuzzFeed’s sleuthing changes things much. Mr. Solo is no more or less culpable for creating the original GIF (I see no culpability). President Trump is no more or less culpable for tweeting it out. CNN is no more or less culpable for playing hardball with Mr. Solo.

However, if the result of the sleuthing embarrasses CNN even fractionally, I’m happy.

BuzzFeed says its revelation that the GIF came to Team Trump from another source is a big deal because it bears on “where Trump and members of his inner circle are getting their memes.” I don’t think this matters. What matters is which memes they embrace.

But then, I’m not part of the resistance, and thus don’t have to grasp at these kinds of straws.


Is CNN > Trump?

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 11:35 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

CNN—the Comintern News Network?—is the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to Scott’s discussions below of CNN’s thuggery, there is a poll out right now that is being touted as showing CNN is “more trusted” than Trump, so there.

Poll: CNN is more trusted than President Trump

President Trump has amped up his battle with CNN, but it appears the news network is holding its own.

A recent poll conducted by SurveyMonkey shows that more Americans place their trust in CNN than they do in Trump, reports Axios.

Whoa, then: Trump is clearly losing his battle with CNN! What a fool!

But then let the next sentence, where the actual poll numbers are reported, sink in for a while:

The media outlet was deemed the more trustworthy of the two by 50 percent of respondents, while 43 percent answered in president’s favor.

In other words, Trump’s “trusted” number more or less matches up with his general approval rating, which is partly a function of basic partisan division in the country, while CNN—a permanent institution supposedly committed to impartial objectivity—only gets a 50 percent trust rating.

This is a dismal number for a major news organization, yet it is reported as the opposite naturally. This is not “holding its own.” It is losing big time. Can you imagine if a survey showed that only 50 percent of Americans trusted their doctors, school teachers, accountants? Such a finding would not be reported as “holding its own.” If CNN keeps this up, used car dealers will start looking down on them with pity.

It is not necessary to buy into the myth/legend of Walter Cronkite as “the most trusted man in America” to understand that CNN’s brand is in the tank. But it helps.


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