That’s all, folks!

posted at 4:41 pm on June 27, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Well, this is it, friends — my last post as a full-time blogger for Hot Air, and it is a bittersweet moment if ever there was one.

On the one hand, as regular readers might have noticed in my blogging over the past two-plus years, I’ve developed something of a penchant for energy issues and environmental policy, and that’s an avenue that I’m excited to keep pursuing when I start my legal education at the University of Arizona later this summer. As ever, I believe that free markets/trade, private property, competition, and bottom-up innovation are much more effective agents for solving environmental problems than the big government, public spending, collective ownership, top-down regulatory methods for which self-titled environmentalists are constantly advocating, and the unintended consequences of which they always seem to be neglecting; with that philosophy in mind, I’ll be working to bring the fight to eco-progressives on what is usually their presupposed home turf.

On the other hand, the many opportunities afforded to me via Hot Air are what helped me to thresh that philosophy out in the first place, and I know I am going to feel bereft without the regularly scheduled missives that allow me to opine/engage/rage about the news of the day. (Le sigh.) I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I see my byline next to those of Ed Morrissey, Allahpundit, Jazz Shaw, and Mary Katharine Ham, all of whom work tirelessly to make this site what it is and have inspired me in so many ways. A huge thank-you to that stupendous team, as well as to Jonathan Garthwaite for giving me the chance to be on it and to Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich for being such supportive colleagues and friends. And, of course, a major thank-you to our sincere commenters — you all have helped me to catch my mistakes and reevaluate my own conclusions on about a zillion occasions — and to our loyal readers, without whom this site obviously wouldn’t be a thing.

I’ll try not to be a stranger and to drop in with updates from law school, and in the meantime, keep up the fight, ya’ll!


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Thank you.

Mr. D on June 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I put gas in the bikes, that makes me qualified to talk energy issues.

What is energy anyway?

Bishop on June 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Many blessings and good luck in your new endeavor!

Alinsky on June 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

ps

Get in touch and or stay in touch with Anthony Watts and get to know the posters on his blog.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Welcome to Tucson!!

powerpickle on June 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

dammitbyeloveyouerika◔̯◔

RushBaby on June 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’ll be working to bring the fight to eco-progressives

We will miss you here, Erika! But hope we may see you in the comment section or in guest posts in the future.

Keep up the good fight against the eco-progressives!

Good luck at school!

wren on June 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

As ever, I believe that free markets/trade, private property, competition, and bottom-up innovation are much more effective agents for solving environmental problems than the big government, public spending, collective ownership, top-down regulatory methods for which self-titled environmentalists are constantly advocating, and the unintended consequences of which they always seem to be neglecting;

Obviously you must be some kind of Tea Party Koch Brothers brainwashed reactionary libertarian extremist nutcase.

Someday, perhaps after years of mandatory re-education, you will come to realize the TRVTH, that Moar Government Is Always Good.

Until then, good luck.

farsighted on June 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Good luck, Erica! I’ll miss your posts and unique writing style.

Scotsman on June 27, 2014 at 9:52 PM

The very best of luck to you, Erika! I’m sure you will do well in school. Drop back by and visit with us once in a while.

trigon on June 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Good luck Erika! You will be missed by this reader.

Conservative4Ever on June 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM

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APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Thank you and good luck!

FireBlogger on June 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Have a good time with your education. I’ll miss reading your pieces here. Good stuff. Now go and make the eco-nuts tremble at the sound of your name!

Naga_Jolokia on June 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Good luck in all your future endeavors, it was nice having an honest to God conservative voice around here – ah well….

abobo on June 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

How much money DID the energy companies you did pr for here end up paying you?

Genuine on June 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Thanks for all the good reading, Erika. Good luck with your studies and drop by sometimes to put up a comment or two.

Dusty on June 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

How much money DID the energy companies you did pr for here end up paying you?

Genuine on June 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Not as much as the government pays out to social parasites, foreign and domestic.

abobo on June 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I wish you all the best Erika!!! Your enthusiasm and style were a breath of fresh air here. I’ll look forward to updates of your success in taking it to the eco-nuts!

conservative pilgrim on June 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

As all the grunts would say,Later,and Luck.

docflash on June 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Thank you, and keep up the good fight!

MT on June 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Good luck!

Meryl Yourish on June 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Erika…As an attorney for nearly 30 years, I wish you all the best in Law School. With your writing ability, you will go far in the profession. But remember this: There ARE liberal professors in Law School. Don’t let them get to you as I’m sure you won’t. Just smile a lot in their classes. Liberal professors won’t understand what that means. But you will.

Good luck and may God bless you.

Michael.

Michael Harlin on June 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Good luck in law school; always enjoyed your posts; please learn to spell as well as fight:

I’ll try not to be a stranger and to drop in with updates from law school, and in the meantime, keep up the fight, ya’ll!

That’s y’all, folks!

AesopFan on June 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All the best. Great luck in challenging the brain dead.
Look forward to your updates

Delsa on June 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM

If I see you on 4th Avenue,, I’ll buy you a beer.

Right up your alley, though,,, you can right about the “modern streetcar”.

It will start up about when you get here.

200+ million dollars. 4 miles. No budget to operate it, Erika.

And check out Kqth 104.1 FM. That’s where Katie P started out. Ask her.

We called her UofA Katie. Good times.

Contact Jon Justice. Or Katie can fill you in.

wolly4321 on June 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Maybe we can call in when Katie does her weekly segment with Jon. Encourage Erika to perhaps do something similar as her schedule permits.

mikeintsn on June 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM

…Erika…please do some guest posts…if you have time…I enjoyed you. Good luck to you!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 28, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Farewell, Erika, we will be the poorer.

LawfulGood on June 28, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Best of luck, Erika.

ConservativeLA on June 28, 2014 at 3:36 AM

I’ll be working to bring the fight to eco-progressives on what is usually their presupposed home turf.

I wish you much success, Erika.

Please come back and write something for us from time to time.

jaime on June 28, 2014 at 4:15 AM

What a bittersweet day — high hopes for your future coupled with sadness to see you go….

cthulhu on June 28, 2014 at 4:44 AM

As the tagline of the Village goes: Be seeing you!

Done with a smile, a salute, and a wary eye on the future.

ajacksonian on June 28, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Best of luck to you!

golfer1 on June 28, 2014 at 6:46 AM

How much money DID the energy companies you did pr for here end up paying you?

Genuine on June 27, 2014 at 10:16 P

Yeah, how do I get in on some of that? Pls advise.

WhatSlushfund on June 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Best of luck in law school!

Bobbi on June 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Good luck and many blessings. Give ‘email hell, Erika!

Kingfisher on June 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Good luck, Erika.

GWB on June 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

We’ll miss ya, Erika! Your personality shows through in your writing, and it’s fun.

Don’t let law school screw up your brain. It’s a good one.

petefrt on June 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Illegitimi non carborundum. Good luck!

Blaise on June 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Best of luck, Erika.

Howard Portnoy on June 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Hey, speaking of cute Conservative chicks, what’s going on with Kelly Maher? I always liked her.

WhatSlushfund on June 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Good luck!

We need people like you in the legal/political arena.

PattyJ on June 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

“Happy trials to you”, Erika.

(And may we meet again).

:)

WhirledPeas on June 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Best of wishes and good luck getting the degree.

If this is number three, remember that getting the third degree is tough.

unclesmrgol on June 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Good luck! You have fans for life here at Hot Gas but I fear for your brain in the liberal mish-mash we call American Universities.

HellCat on June 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Thank you and best of luck!

(Um… I was told there might be cake.)

Fallon on June 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

That’s all, folks!

posted at 4:41 pm on June 27, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Wait, you left yesterday? Yesterday? You snuck out on a Friday afternoon news dump? Really?

(I missed the cake, didn’t I? Doggonit.)

Fallon on June 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I’ll be working to bring the fight to eco-progressives on what is usually their presupposed home turf.

eco-progressives?

You’re too nice, call them what they are, Watermelons!

Watermelons…
Green on the Outside;
Red on the Inside.

jaydee_007 on June 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

How much money DID the energy companies you did pr for here end up paying you?

Genuine on June 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Genuinely stupid, as alawys!

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

All the best for your future. You did well here, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Freelancer on June 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Thank You Erika and godspeed on all your future endeavors!

HAExpert on June 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I see my byline next to those of Ed Morrissey, Allahpundit, Jazz Shaw, and Mary Katharine Ham, all of whom work tirelessly to make this site what it is and have inspired me in so many ways.

What about Sparky?

Parmenides on June 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Best wishes for your continued success, Erika. I’ve enjoyed reading your work here — very informative, thought-provoking. You’ll do well in law school, I am sure.

Lourdes on June 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

She doesn’t have to give up on the environmental policy issues as a lawyer, ESPECIALLY at the University of Arizona. They happen to own and operate “Biosphere 2,” sans Pauly Shore, of course.

RockinRickOwen on June 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I’ve experienced you bend the Law of the Conservation of Energy on numerous occasions here Erika.
Reading your posts gave me energy when all else had failed.
Good luck.!

DJcool on June 29, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Good luck Erika!

Thanks for the interesting articles :)

snoozinglion on June 29, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Sorry to see you leaving, your thoughtful words will be missed. I hop you will consider sending in a few words ever now and then to maintain our balance.

MSGTAS on June 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Best wishes and much success to you as you take this new path!

ncinca on June 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Oh no who will now post barely-noticed “dirty energy is good” columns?

The Velvet Mafia on June 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Thank you Erika. Hate to see you go, I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles. Best of luck in the future!

Axion on June 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

U of Arizona? Couldn’t have been ASU instead could it? I like Phoenix better. Tucson has always had water shortage problems way back to the seventies.

Good luck to you!

TfromV on June 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Good luck to you in law school

snoopicus on June 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Best wishes. It’s been fun reading you here.

yongoro on June 29, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Good luck and best wishes!

justltl on June 30, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Good luck Erika, but for your first lesson you need to understand that the watermelons are not “eco-progressives”. If anything, they are eco-regressives. They are hypocritical anti-humans (misanthropes) who would like to send us back to the stone age. Stop calling them nice names and label them what they are. “Progressive” is a positive term, and nothing about them is positive.

earlgrey on June 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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