Monday, November 22, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
One issue that seems to have influenced voters Tuesday was the price of gasoline — over which Biden has no control. Here's US gas prices and the world price of oil (divided by 42 to make it a price per gallon) pic.twitter.com/rSwv1q8DzN— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 4, 2021
Everyone is complaining that gas prices are high, and they are for the last few years, but they really aren't for the last 10 years or so, when adjusted for inflation:
This is weekly data on gas prices from EIA's This Week in Petroleum, adjusted for inflation via the Consumer Price Index. Gas prices were high during the Bush Jr administration -- probably a feature, not a bug -- and then after the financial crisis.
But it appears, from Krugman's graph, that presidents don't have much, if any, influence on gas prices -- they're set quite deterministically from the price of oil.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
#NASA #GISS land-only surface temperature anomaly for October 2021 = 1.58°C = 2.84°F relative to 1880-1909, a record high for the month. Global surface anomaly is 4th highest for Octobers at 1.21°C (same baseline).https://t.co/s2iWlyZ1a7#GlobalWarming #climatechange— David Appell (@davidappell) November 18, 2021
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Superstar Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is having a rough start to the NHL season. He needed wrist surgery right before the preseason started, missing several of the first regular season games, then after one game back got COVID and missed several more games. In his first game back, down 5-1 to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night, he took out his frustration on Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary:
Crosby taking out some frustration in his return to the lineup. Pens down 5-1 to Caps pic.twitter.com/zHD40mg7OW— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 15, 2021
I wish my job had some similar outlet for my frustrations.
A couple other highlights from Sunday.
Connor McDavid doing the kind of thing Sidney Crosby used to do:
Connor McDavid good lord pic.twitter.com/U4h9k4hM9i— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 6, 2021
and an amazing save from Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy:
Oh my VASY 😳🚫 pic.twitter.com/YsdiJqpXbk— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 14, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
This is a graph of the difference in warming of the lower troposphere as measured by the RSS research group compared to UAH (University of Alabama at Huntsville). The divergence continues to widen.
The quality/resolution of the graph is terrible, unless you click on it. I'm posting this also so I can complain about it on the Blogger Forum. Not that I expect them to change. Why show a low resolution figure when clearly they store the full resolution image? I don't get it. Wish I could easily transition my blog to another platform -- Wordpress I guess -- but by now I have over 15 years of posts.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Greta Thunberg has received a lot of attention for her "blah blah blah" admonition towards those negotiating climate agreements -- not without cause -- and, my favorite, some activists have taken to calling the diplomats "bleaders." Sounds sheep-like, too. Nice.
But it turns out "blah blah blah" isn't original with Thunberg -- it goes all the way back to COP1, the first Conference of the Parties in Berlin in 1995. This is from How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm:
Saturday, November 06, 2021
Monday, November 01, 2021
Also, whatever media handlers allowed this episode and photograph should be fired. What a dumb message it sends.
World leaders toss a coin at Trevi for good luck fighting the climate emergency pic.twitter.com/zFIDPJnVf7— Bruno Maçães (@MacaesBruno) October 31, 2021