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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Good luck! Fight the good fight!

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Welcome to Arizona! You won’t need a coat. :-D

Gearbox on June 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

bye Erika!

coolrepublica on June 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Best wishes to you and good luck. Just remember, fork ‘em Devils!

Flange on June 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Enjoy law school. Remember, everyone else will be as lost as you are (even though they will hide that fact.) And trust me: it all comes together as you outline for your finals.

will77jeff on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Godspeed!

Jeffreyvdb on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Good luck Erica in all your future endeavors. Your posts were excellent, but not read enough.

NotCoach on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

So long, and thanks for all the fish…

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

It had to come. Thanks Erika, you’ll be missed greatly. Hopefully this isn’t farewell, but see you later.

22044 on June 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Congrats and best of luck. Thanks for the great posts.

gophergirl on June 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

You added a major dimension to Hot Air with your coverage of environmental and energy issues. Is there any chance you could train a replacement; I don’t know how I will learn this stuff without you. Good luck at U of AZ.

Please don’t learn to think like a lawyer wherein all reasoning is a series of nested axioms. Instead continue to look back for the truth to the way the world is actually put together.

levi from queens on June 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

You’re heading into the lion’s den–but you know that. Be strong.

Best!

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Thanks for your posts and contributions. Good luck!

Athos on June 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Bring the fight to their doorstep! Till next time….

Patriot Vet on June 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Good luck Erica…always enjoyed your posts.

May you always be happy, and your Detractors know it.

ToddPA on June 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Thank you for all your great work, Erika… continued success to you!

dpduq on June 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Thanks so much, Erika, for all your work writing on the madness in energy and environmental issues. You filled a gap. Best wishes and God’s blessings on your studies. Can’t wait to see your future lawsuits of the EPA!

INC on June 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I really liked your work. I’m going to miss you.

anotherJoe on June 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Best wishes to you and good luck. Just remember, fork ‘em Devils!

Flange on June 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Isn’t U of A the Wildcats? Or maybe you meant for the Wildcats to Fork the Devils?

leftamark on June 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Oh NO you don’t ! . . . . . . . Get back here, and suffer with the rest of us.
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. . . Blessings upon you in your future labors … in Jesus name.

listens2glenn on June 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

We’ll miss all your fact-filled posts. I’m glad you stopped to say good-bye before running off to law school.

Come by and see us now and then!

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I’ve enjoyed reading your posts, Erica. All the best to you in law school!

Naturally Curly on June 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Thanks for your great posts, Erika, especially the wind power stuff.

Be sure to pop in and do some more posting when you get a chance.

ALOHA+

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

This isn’t helping my abandonment issues.

Axe on June 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Sorry to see you go, Erika. I enjoyed your writing very much.

TarheelBen on June 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Let’s see if we can get this to 50 comments.

But seriously, fair winds and following seas dry air. You’re also good on the economic side.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Best wishes :)

sorrowen on June 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Best of luck, racist.

rogerb on June 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I really appreciate your contributions here. Use your legal skills for all things conservative. Good luck.

Vince on June 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Best wishes.

Southernblogger on June 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

People like you and my daughter give me hope. Don’t be a stranger. (They WILL still let you come back and guest post, won’t they?) You’re a bright young lady. I pray GOD’s best on you.

oldleprechaun on June 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Thank you Erika I’ll miss you .

Lucano on June 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Good luck, and may your atmospheric gasses all be the non-methane kind.

otlset on June 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Uh oh. I forgot the subtitles…

rogerb on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Take care of yourself, Erika. You were definitely one of the better bloggers here, and I am going to miss you.

Doomberg on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Law school?! She’s gone over to the dark side. Next thing you know, she’ll be building a death star.

Wino on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Thanks, Erika. Best wishes…

OmahaConservative on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Enjoy law school. Remember, everyone else will be as lost as you are (even though they will hide that fact.) And trust me: it all comes together as you outline for your finals.

will77jeff on June 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Yes. One can’t emphasize enough just how important outlining is in law school. I loved law school, even though it was full of liberal professors and students. The experience challenged my thinking quite a bit, made me examine fully why I hold the political/philosophical beliefs that I do, and ultimately left me stronger in all my convictions than I was when I went in. I know it doesn’t work that way for everyone, but I had my faith to keep me grounded, and that is so important.

Good luck, Erika!

Othniel on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

That is wonderful! You are destined for great things. Best of luck, and do keep us posted.

katy the mean old lady on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Oh NO you don’t ! . . . . . . . Get back here, and suffer with the rest of us.

My thoughts exactly!

Erika is a great friend, a fine young woman, and bound for many successes. She will be greatly missed, and not just on these pages.

(By the way, I’m hoping she’ll drop in from time to time, too.)

Ed Morrissey on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Please do keep us in the loop. Remember, you have a lot of friends here. Good luck!

captnjoe on June 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

leftamark on June 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

No, I meant fork ‘em Devils because I went to ASU and couldn’t bring myself to say anything nice about that daycare center in Tucson. But I still wish Erika well.

Flange on June 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I definitely like Erika’s work. Please don’t ruin that by going to law school.

Esaus Message on June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Your posts were a great credit to the site while you posted here, Erika, and unfailingly good reads. Your writing is crisp, entertaining and always taught me something new, and i appreciate your posts. My very best wishes in the next phase of your career!

MTF on June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Best of luck, Erika! Don’t talk any guff from Professor Kingsfield!

Kensington on June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The very best of luck to you, Erika. I enjoyed your posts.

But you will never convince me about GMOs! : )

herm2416 on June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Fare thee well. :)

Theophile on June 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Bear Down Erika! I’ve had many friends graduate from Rogers, they’ve all enjoyed the course work there.

And grab a slice of Buffalo Chicken pizza at No Anchovies for a fellow Wildcat!

nextgen_repub on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

再见 Erika

DarkCurrent on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Good luck, and remember….learning is HARD!!! Come back when you need a break…

lovingmyUSA on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Good luck, Erika!

hollygolightly on June 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Best of luck to you Erika!

tanked59 on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Good luck in law school, Erika!

Say hi to crr6 and Proud Rino if you run into them in the legal realm. :)

Good Solid B-Plus on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Of all the bloggers I’ve encountered in my web surfing, hers was the most… Hot Airite. *salutes as Amazing Grace plays softly in the background*

BigGator5 on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Best of luck and success to you, Erika.

Midas on June 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Good Luck and stay armed

Patrap on June 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I have really enjoyed you postings, good luck.

whbates on June 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Welcome to the Pac12 Erika. You’ll be getting a much more valuable education than at some Ivy League day care school. Stay away from the Stanford and USC people and you’ll be fine.

MichaelGabriel on June 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

S’long,kid. Good job!

SMACKRUNNER on June 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Erika, You will be missed by the adults on this site. Your writing ability is up there with the Boss Emeritus.

meci on June 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Did I say 50 comments? Let’s go for 500! :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Don’t be a stranger, and good luck, Erica!

ConstantineXI on June 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

We will miss you, Erika. You’ve done a terrific job here. Thanks for sharing your beautifully logical mind and arguments with us. I will especially miss your analysis of global issues.

Burke on June 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Did I say 50 comments? Let’s go for 500! :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

She deserves it!

katy the mean old lady on June 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Good luck Ericka. I have enjoyed your energy related posts even if I have not always agreed with them.

Maybe you can be Ed’s “energy expert” guest once in a while.

Keep up the good work.

KenInIL on June 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Good luck in your endeavors, Erika. Always enjoyed reading your posts. :)

Aizen on June 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Good luck!!

I know you will do well.

jukin3 on June 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Thanks Erika!

Keep in touch. Give the campus liberals some extra hell for me!

BKennedy on June 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

If you run into a landscaper named wooly around campus run the other way.

RickB on June 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Good Luck!!

CW on June 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Gonna miss your energy and enviro posts. Knock ‘em dead in law school.

Robert_Paulson on June 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

If I see you at the UofA, I’ll say hi.

Welcome to Tucson.

Good luck!!!

(btw, you’re SMOKING hawt) ;)

wolly4321 on June 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Good Luck, Erika. I have enjoyed reading your stuff. I hope to see you again here.

d1carter on June 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I have always valued your posts. I wish you success in your endeavors!

Drained Brain on June 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Good luck.

Give ‘em hell.

Your writing will be missed.

gwelf on June 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Good luck in the big leagues. Remember, it’ll be a dry heat…

WestVirginiaRebel on June 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

f you run into a landscaper named wooly around campus run the other way. RickB on June 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Lol!

wolly4321 on June 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

All the best, Erika! And thanks for a great couple of years.

catsandbooks on June 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Au revior Erika and best of luck.

Law school tip: make friends with the librarians. We’re there to help you.

rbj on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Flange on June 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

OK, got it. But don’t tell Erika she’s getting her legal education at a daycare center in Tucson.

leftamark on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Good luck, Erika. As a refugee from Tucson myself, I wish you cool times in those searing hot days. Fitting that you are going form HotAir to Hot Tucson. Take care!

Chuck Ef on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Best of luck, Erika, not that you’ll need it. And, as for those liberal, climate-change believin’, anti-energy business law professors that you will no doubt encounter along the way, don’t be afraid to set ‘em straight. They won’t be able to criticize you’re writing, that’s for sure, and your ability to debate the issues.

You go, Girl!!!

TXUS on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I will truly miss you. Good luck Erika.

faraway on June 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Bear down Arizona!

If you don’t know what that means yet you soon will. Be sure to visit Sabino Canyon while you’re there.

Dan_Yul on June 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

You chose your specialty well. Energy is a crucial element of our national strength and ability to sustain a high standard of living; yet it seems our energy sector is under constant attack. I look forward to you returning to the fight as soon as possible.

KW64 on June 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

leftamark on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

OK, I won’t. :-)

Flange on June 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Thanks for all the good work, Erika. Good luck, and don’t be a stranger. Come visit us in the comments too. We’d love to see you some evening in the QOTD comments.

novaculus on June 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Best of luck. Try and keep your mouth shut to the liberal professors you will no doubt run across, they will prosecute you by lowering your grades.

Rancher on June 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Without an ample supply of affordable energy, the environment in AZ – particularly in the Summer – is inhumane.

Good Luck with those studies.

Another Drew on June 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I wish you the best, Erika!

Ward Cleaver on June 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

You’ve done a great job here, thanks.

I’m sure you will be successful in law school and your future career.

And don’t worry about Arizona: it’s a dry heat. Don’t mention that to Arizonans, though, it tends to make them surly for some reason.

Adjoran on June 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a leech?
A: After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood.

faraway on June 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Good luck Erica.

One comment on your final post. You might be a little more careful with your choice of images. I saw “Good Bye” and a hot-air logo and almost fell off my chair …

gh on June 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Law school tip: make friends with the librarians. We’re there to help you.

rbj on June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Yes you are!

katy the mean old lady on June 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I hope you are getting full-tuition funding because paying money for a non-t14 school in this legal environment isn’t the smartest thing to do.

Read TLS forums, abovethelaw, ttreality. It is brutal out there in thte legal market.

uatu1878 on June 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Erika, you are unsurpassed here.

In fact, FWIW, you are THE BEST. Seriously.

I won’t name names, but some of the others here, I read little to nothing of what they post, and I never respond to their threads.

I’ll miss you and your efforts, and wish you the best in your future endeavors. You are/were truly the best of Hot Air, and you will be missed.

Wing Chun Man on June 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

She deserves it!

katy the mean old lady on June 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

This is true. There have been so many of her posts where she said so much, I couldn’t come up with anything to add.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Erika, you are unsurpassed here.

In fact, FWIW, you are THE BEST. Seriously.

Wing Chun Man on June 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Mrs. Johnsen please.

faraway on June 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Best of luck in all your life. You’ll be missed!
* Remember They will try to teach you to law in lie school. :)

Mimzey on June 27, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Best of luck. I’ve been there. It’s a beautiful school and area.

crankyoldlady on June 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

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