In his recent State of the Union (SOTU) address, US President Barack Obama claimed that “America is number one in wind power.” This will come as a shock to China and several other countries that have led the way in green energy like wind and solar. That aside, expanding wind energy may not be the blessing its boosters tout. In Europe, many of the newly installed wind turbines are replacing existing older models, and in China as much as 15% of the installed turbines are not connected to the power grid. And with fierce winter storms in the news on both sides of the Atlantic, news comes from the UK of an epic fail for wind power. Are the fortunes of windpower shifting?
Showing the same stubborn capacity to stick around and bother people as a genital wart, US President Barack Obama managed to once again lie to the American public and the entire world during his penultimate State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress. His command of misinformation was breathtaking, repeating the charge that global warming was causing increased violent weather and the reality twisting claim by NASA that 2014 was the hottest year ever. Though Obama has won the coveted COTW several times before we felt that he truly deserved this one. Besides, as he slips rapidly into irrelevance this might be his last chance to deliver climate change whoppers with his patented bogus sincerity.
As the new year begins the forces of climate alarmism find themselves in disarray. The world refuses to warm, despite contorted data manipulation aimed at squeezing out a claimed “hottest year ever” record by NOAA. One hundredth of a degree does not a warming trend create. Northern hemisphere temperatures are depressed for the second year in a row—also not a climate trend in itself but a psychological blow to the warmists trying to sell the idea that temperatures are at a record high. Moreover, there are indications that the climatologists' bane, CO2, is not ravaging tropical forests and is not being produced where the “blame the developed world first” crowd expected. In all, a good start to the new year because it is a bad start for the alarmists.