Calling Out the Stupid


At times the sheer, perverse, pig-headed stupidity of Americans threatens to overwhelm WC. It’s self-destructive, appalling and likely to be fatal soon if we cannot find a way to overcome it. You think WC is exaggerating? You think this claim is hyperbolic? WC offers three examples – there could as easily be dozens – to…

Jackson Browne Was Right


Oh people, look around you The signs are everywhereYou’ve left it for somebody other than youTo be the one to careYou’re lost inside your housesThere’s no time to find you nowYour walls are burning and your towers are turningI’m going to leave you here and try to get down to the sea somehow Jackson Brown, “Rock…

Okay, Can We Deal With Reality Now?


WC notes that the Utah County, Utah Sheriff has accused the Utah County District Attorney of being among the pedophile, child-eating Democrats. The Utah County Sheriff is an enthusiastic QAnon supporter and the QAnon nut jobs, of course, think that Democrats have a secret, nationwide ring of cannibalistic pedophiles who feast on young children. WC…

ConocoPhilips’ Little Oopsie


7.2 million cubic feet of natural gas. Enough to heat WC’s poorly insulated Boise home for the next 62,000 years. Enough to meet the City of Boise’s entire natural gas needs for most of a year. Never mind the horrific greenhouse gas implications of that discharge: natural gas – methane – has 43 times more…

Speaking Truth to Power


The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is presently moving about half a million barrels of oil a day from Alaska’s North Slope to the Port of Valdez. Call it 175 million barrels of oil a year. That’s 350 million tons of CO2. About 4-5% of total U.S. CO2 emissions. The impact of all those greenhouse gases falls hardest…

Notes on the Sheldon Spectrum


Before we get to today’s blog post, here’s a reminder to vote for the Wickersham’s Conscience 2021 Hypocrite of the Year. In 1969, Dr. Ray Sheldon, in the course of circumnavigating North and South America, sampled the water columns across a vast stretch of the Earth’s oceans. What he discovered was that across all of…

North Pole Refinery, a/k/a Flint Hills

Gaslighted by Big Oil


When dragons belch and hippos fleeMy thoughts, Ankh-Morpork, are of theeLet others boast of martial dashFor we have boldly fought with cashWe own all your helmets, we own all your shoesWe own all your generals – touch us and you’ll lose. Morporkia! Morporkia!Morporkia owns the day!We can rule you wholesaleTouch us and you’ll pay. –…

Slow Progress, But Progress


WC offers a cheerier note today. It’s slow, but there is actual progress in reducing total carbon emissions. The chart uses a ridiculous number of acronyms. Here’s a translation: The over all category is electric-drive vehicles (EDV) in the U.S market. The graph shows a subset: plug-in vehicles (PEV). PEVs include both plug-in hybrid electric…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Dunleavy Blames the Courts


When a politician blames the courts for an unfavorable outcome it usually means that the politician is attempting to divert public attention from his or her own mistakes, bad policies or misconduct. It’s a technique as old as democracy and demagogues. WC suggests that is exactly what Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is doing in his…

Matthew Rexford Ignores the Elephant


Matthew Rexford has an opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News, where he criticizes federal oversight of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and praises the Alaska Legislature’s recent resolution criticizing the Biden Administration’s freeze on oil and gas lease development on federal land. Rexford characterizes the issue as a human rights question, describing the native…

The Proof Is in the Tusk


So much is unknown about the Narwhal. Even the name is a puzzle. From the Oxford English Dictionary (paywalled), WC’s go-to reference for word etymologies: The etymology is uncertain, but likely comes from variants of Danish narhval (cognate with Norwegian narkval , Swedish narval and further cognate with Old Icelandic náhvalr. The first element “nahl” or “narl” is of uncertain origin,…

Fourteen Pages of Lawyers


The U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia – the D.C. Circuit – issued a decision last week on the Trump Administration’s attempts to throw out the Obama Administration’s Clear Power Plan. As you might expect, there were lots of lawyers involved. Platoons, companies, entire brigades of lawyers. The list of lawyers in…