May 28, 2013 |
It's unknown if climate change increases the power of tornadoes. Climate modeling has a difficult time predicting the most granular of weather events, but in the wake of Oklahoma's nightmare, wouldn't that be a nifty thing to study? After all, what is a tornado but the demon spawn of a supercell storm formed when warm, moist air comes roaring up from the Gulf of Mexico? With burning fossil fuels causing the rapid warming of the Earth, we now have a hell of a lot more moisture in the air, so maybe it wouldn't be the dumbest thing to take a look at that one. But public policy is going in the...
February 16, 2014 |
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the...
May 31, 2012 |
I couldn't leave for Iceland without a few final thoughts on the Heartland Institute's International Climate Conference held at the Chicago Hilton last week. After spending two of the three days listening to speakers and mulling over what I'd "learned" for a few days, I've decided there was one extremely telling moment from my time there. Heartland, the Chicago-based organization known for its advocacy of global warming skepticism, garnered international attention this month by displaying a billboard out on the Eisenhower...
October 24, 2012 |
I just got done endorsing PBS's “Frontline” a few weeks ago, and what do you know: they become basically the only media outlet to shed light on the connection between well-financed right-wing groups and the veritable disappearance of global warming from the national conversation. This is the first presidential election since 1988 that the issue did not come up at a single debate, and for that all four of the moderators should be deeply ashamed. Mitt Romney doesn't bring up global warming, and Barack Obama does so only sparingly.
August 1, 2012 |
To catch up with climate week, check out these previous posts on the heat of 2012 , the commitment to warming , and tax-and-dividend policy . I'm ending this week-long series of posts on climate change with two pleas, the first of which is to Justin Bieber. Biebs, look buddy, I saw you on the cover of the same Rolling Stone in which Bill McKibben wrote his piece on the terrifying new math of global warming . I think there's an opportunity here. What's the rest of your life going to be, man?
May 1, 2013 |
Hey, former Supreme Court Justice of the United States, Sandra Day O'Connor, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your recent interview with the Chicago Tribune's editorial board . I really can't express how awesome it is that over a decade after you cast the fifth vote to end the Florida recount and make George W. Bush the forty-third president, you totally recognize what a boneheaded move that was. What was it you said? “'It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue,' O'Connor said last Friday.