Global warming, climate change, all these things are just a dream come true for politicians. I deal with evidence and not with frightening computer models because the seeker after truth does not put his faith in any consensus. The road to the truth is long and hard, but this is the road we must follow.
The Washington Post published an article yesterday claiming climate change is devastating Massachusetts cranberry production and threatening to eliminate America’s Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. In related news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a record 2020 Massachusetts cranberry crop.
The Washington Post article is titled, “How Climate Change Is Complicating a Thanksgiving Staple.” The subtitle is, “Heatwave, drought, lack of winter ice are taking a toll on a quintessential Massachusetts crop.” In the article, the Post quotes Bay Staters voicing their subjective feelings that climate change is making cranberry farming harder. The article is littered with subheads like, “The fight to save a small fruit.” The article, however, presents no objective data to support the claims. That struck us at Climate Realism as odd, considering objective cranberry data is available for Massachusetts and America as a whole.
Let’s take a look at objective cranberry facts:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service estimates record Massachusetts cranberry production in 2020. This directly contradicts the message of the Washington Post article, which likely explains why the Washington Post chose not to include any data in its article. USDA also estimates strong cranberry production in Wisconsin this year. Wisconsin and Massachusetts are the two leading states for cranberry production.
Cranberry production in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and the rest of the United States has been so strong in recent years that, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer news site, “Facing a continued glut of cranberries and depressed prices, in 2017 the cranberry industry asked federal officials in 2017 to take unusual steps aimed at reducing production.”
“The industry’s U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee asked the USDA to cap the amount of cranberries grown in 2018 at 75% of the normal crop. The committee also has asked the USDA to have cranberry companies withhold 15% of the 2017 crop from the marketplace,” the State Farmer reported.
The chart below, published by National Geographic, documents and illustrates the consistent, long-term growth in cranberry production. The chart ends with the year 2018, but that trend will continue with the estimated 2020 record crop production.
Ultimately, yesterday’s Washington Post article is merely the latest example of a nefarious strategy executed by climate activists and their corporate media allies. Their dishonest tactic is to identify an upcoming holiday or something that people really love, and then claim that global warming is destroying it, whether or not there is any evidence, truth, or basis for the alarmist claim.
Fortunately for the sake of truth, we at Climate Realism will continue to present the truth and hold the Climate Establishment responsible for its lies.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) threatened climate realists with criminal prosecution in an interview with E&E News, published yesterday. Whitehouse said Democrats gaining control of the U.S. Senate would be key to launching investigations, hauling climate realists in front of Senate show trials, “or even potentially in grand juries.”
E&E News reported Whitehouse is “keen on investigating the fossil fuel industry and what he sees as a massive conspiracy of dark money hindering action on climate change.”
In the interview, Whitehouse said:
“If we are not vigorously investigating that with all of the tools at our disposal, then that machinery will continue undisturbed to do its dirty work of denial and obstruction,” Whitehouse said.
“If it’s having to explain itself to legislative committees, or produce discovery about its activities in litigation, or even potentially in grand juries, then there’s a whole different complexion to our prospects going forward.”
Whitehouse explicitly singled out The Heartland Institute, which publishes ClimateRealism.com, for his threats.
“Who funded 200,000 fake textbooks that the Heartland Institute mailed around to schoolteachers all around the country? That’s a hell of a big expense…,” Whitehouse said.
Whitehouse appears to be referencing Heartland sending 300,000 copies of the book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, to K-through-12 and college science teachers throughout America. The book was co-authored by Ph.D. climate scientists S. Fred Singer, Robert Carter, and Craig Idso. Whitehouse does not appear to have a climate science Ph.D. degree.
Ironically, Whitehouse revealed his fascination with “dark money” conspiracy theories, and expressed his threats to prosecute people on the basis of his conspiracy theories, on the same day billionaire tech baron Jeff Bezos announced the first distributions from a $10 billion fund Bezos has set aside to advance climate alarmism. Recipients of Bezos’ money include dark-money climate activist groups ClimateWorks Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund – none of which publicly disclose the full list of their donors.
The costs for The Heartland Institute publishing and distributing Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming came up somewhat short of $10 billion. The Heartland Institute has an annual budget that varies between $3 million and $7 million, not $10 billion.
Pennsylvanians currently enjoy energy prices that are below the national average, but that is about to change if Gov. Tom Wolf successfully overrides the state legislature and pushes Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The public has until January 14 to submit comments on Wolf’s plan to join RGGI.
RGGI, which was formed in 2009, includes 10 states in the U.S. Northeast. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Under RGGI, participating states are required to cap their carbon dioxide emissions – at an ever-tightening amount – while taxing the conventional sources that remain.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, RGGI states pay approximately 50-percent higher electricity prices than the rest of the nation. And that is not a coincidence. Since RGGI formed in 2009, electricity prices in RGGI states have increased, while electricity prices in the rest of the nation have decreased.
New Jersey provides a good illustration of RGGI’s impact on energy prices. New Jersey joined RGGI in 2009, then left RGGI in 2011 under former Gov. Chris Christie, before rejoining RGGI this year. After leaving RGGI, New Jersey electricity prices declined by 10 percent between 2011 and 2019, even as electricity prices in RGGI states kept rising.
The reason for the discrepancy between RGGI states and the rest of the nation is simple: if you restrict and impose increasingly stringent taxes on your most abundant and most affordable energy sources, energy prices will necessarily rise. There is simply no way around that.
Pennsylvania may end up joining RGGI, but if it does so, Keystone State electricity consumers will be feeling the pain.
In mid-November, the largest snow cover in Russia, according to weather stations, was recorded in the northern Krasnoyarsk Territory. The leader is the Istok Difficult Access Station (TDS), located in the Snezhnogorsk region with a score of 76 cm (2½ feet), the second place is occupied by the village of Svetlogorsk – 68 cm (more than 2 ft). snow cover reached 55-57 cm.
Some territories in the Irkutsk and Magadan regions have not been left behind. Here, the height of the snow cover has also exceeded the 50 cm mark, as, for example, in Khamar-Daban, Irkutsk region (58 cm).
“Anticipating freezing weather, earthquakes and famine.”
“Karachi falls cold to the harshest November morning,” reads the title.
“Hitting 14.5 degree Celsuis (58.1F), Karachi witnessed the coldest morning for November today.” (I don’t know if this means the harshest for this particular month of November we are now in, or if it means the coldest November day ever. I suspect it is the former.)
“Pakistan is expected to experience a prolonged harsh winter,” the article continues. “The year would be cold due to La Nina, the complex weather pattern formed with the dramatic cooling of ocean surface temperatures in the central and equatorial Pacific Ocean. Adding to this, solar minimum is also expected this winter, anticipating freezing weather, earthquakes and famine.”
It seems courts in some countries are now in effect regarding as proven something that is not proven, namely that rises in Earth’s meagre 0.04% atmospheric carbon dioxide content will necessarily cause serious problems requiring urgent governmental action – whatever that may be – to ‘tackle’ the situation. Not only is this not proven, but science was arguing against such theories in published papers as far back as 1900, and continues to do so in various quarters today. The upshot is that, in these countries at least, governments have lumbered themselves with the legal duty of trying to reduce Earth’s average temperature, on pain of being found in contempt of court (or some such charge) for not trying hard enough, or at all. Not what President Macron would have had in mind when he strutted the stage at his notorious 2015 Paris climate summit.
– – – France’s top administrative court has given the government a three-month deadline to show it is taking action to meet its commitments on global warming, reports Yahoo News with AFP.
The Council of State, which rules on disputes over public policies, said that “while France has committed itself to reducing its emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, it has, in recent years, regularly exceeded the ‘carbon budgets’ it had set itself.”
It also noted that President Emmanuel Macron’s government had, in an April decree, at the height of the first wave of Covid-19 infections, deferred much of the reduction effort beyond 2020.
The French government, which brokered the landmark COP21 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, was hauled before the Council of State by Grande-Synthe, a northern coastal town that is particularly exposed to the effects of climate change.
In January 2019, Damien Careme, the mayor of Grande-Synthe, petitioned the Council of State, complaining about what he called the government’s “climate inaction”. Careme said his town of 23,000 people, which is built on land reclaimed from the sea, risked being flooded by rising ocean levels.
The town’s case was backed by the cities of Paris and Grenoble, as well as by several environmental NGOs including Oxfam France and Greenpeace France.
Three months to justify action
Before issuing a final ruling on the matter, the council gave the government three months to justify “how its refusal to take additional measures is compatible with respect to . . . the targets set for 2030.”
Corinne Lepage, a former environment minister and a lawyer for the town of Grande-Synthe, hailed the decision as “historic”. The ruling means that “policies must be more than nice commitments on paper,” she said.
For some reason, I couldn’t find my post entitled “Gavin’s Falsifiable Science“. I wanted to track it down, in part because I think it’s one of my better posts. But when I looked on Google, it wasn’t there. Instead, I found an oddity. Here’s the top of the list of results from Google:
The list goes on below what’s shown above. I was glad to see that there are about twenty complete copies of my post floating around on various websites. And another fifteen or so links to my post.
But nowhere in that Google list was there a link to my actual post here on Watts Up With That. I looked through every Google result. No link to the Watts Up With That original version of my post.
Puzzled, I looked on Bing … where the post here on WUWT was first on the list, as you’d expect.
Below that, as with Google, are links to a bunch of other copies of my post on various skeptical websites.
Moving on, here’s DuckDuckGo … again, WUWT is first on the list, with the copies on other websites listed below it.
Hmmm … I moved on to more obscure search engines …
Same thing in all of them except Google. Google shows everything all the other sites show, all the copies, but it doesn’t show the original.
Computer “glitch”? Deliberate censorship? Unintended consequence of artificial intelligence? Cosmic ray damage? Sergei Brin found out about me and his wife? Accidental invocation of artificial stupidity? God decided to squash me like a bug for my insufferable arrogance in challenging the climate status quo? Some pinche tiranito chiquito has it in for this website?
No idea, but I certainly have seen enough ugly censorship and strangely unidirectional “accidents” and “computer glitches” to have a healthy and well-justified suspicion of the motives and actions of the social media robber barons …
How did the USA end up using Venezuelan software to rig elections?
Answer, not by accident, surely…
Read how the US Republic left a hole in their own state security so wide that no one can see the wall. Then ponder that neither the CIA nor the FBI stopped this software being used in 28 states, nor did they stop the election results being stored and counted in foreign countries. The Free Press forgot to investigate, and still don’t think it matters.
The program called Smartmaticcounts votes, and changes them too. It was designed for Hugo Chavez to win in Venezuela, and to be undetectable, and it worked. Thanks to a whistleblower, the Trump team has a sworn testimony from a high ranking former Venezuelan military officer who saw it in action. He watched as the Chavez team followed the results on big screens and realized they were too far behind. They realized they needed drastic action so they … stopped the counting… spent two hours “adjusting” results, and then started counting again… and who would have guessed — but the election results swung the other way. Spooky eh?
Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger (USCG retired) is a member of the Homeland Security transition committee and was the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Obama Administration.
USA, Venezuela, What’s the Difference? — About twenty years.
The testimonial from the high ranking Venezuelan military officer who worked with Chavez is damning — the software was always intended to subvert the voters wishes.
Hugo Chavez wanted “undetectable” vote manipulation:
Do these software tricks work? Oh boy do they work… In the 2004 “recall election” in Venezuela millions marched in the streets to get rid of Chavez, but it appears the voting software flipped a 40:60 exit poll result to a 60:40 “winning” result:
Monica Showalter, American Thinker: The last time we heard about that was in Venezuela’s 2004 fraud-plagued recall referendum on then-President Hugo Chavez. Millions and millions of Venezuelans marched in the streets against him , and then when the recall referendum was held, it failed hugely, something that seemed very strange given the size of the crowds. That was the fiasco that official election observer Jimmy Carter praised so highly as free and fair “despite what went on in the totalization room” according to the Carter Center report. After that, computer scientists from Amherst, Stanford, U.C. Santa Cruz, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard all found evidence of vote flipping statistically speaking. Besides their conclusions that it was a statistical impossibility, a well-known pollster, Penn, Schoen & Berland, taking exit polls at the same referendum found that 60% were in favor of throwing Chavez out, and 40% favored keeping him. Much to his surprise, the scorecard came out in almost the exact reverse, 58-42. Flipped.
In a crisis, stop counting?
According to the former Venezuelan Military whistleblower, Smartmatic allowed a team to watch the results come in live so they knew how many votes they needed to fake. In 2013, when the situation required really big cheating, they decided to “reset” the whole count, go offline for a couple of hours and “make the adjustments”:
After the Smartmatic Electoral Management System was put in place, I closely observed several elections where the results were manipulated using #Smartmatic software. One such election was in December 2006… [another was] On April 14, 2013,” In that election, Nicolás Maduro ran against Capriles Radonsky… Inside that location was a control room in which there were multiple digital display screens – TV screens – for results of voting in each state in Venezuela. The actual voting results were fed into that room and onto the displays over an internet feed, which was connected to a sophisticated computer system created by Smartmatic. People in that room were able to see in “real time” whether the vote that came through the electronic voting system was in their favor or against them.
By two o’clock in the afternoon on that election day Capriles Radonsky was ahead of Nicolás Maduro by two million votes. When Maduro and his supporters realized the size of Radonsky’s lead they were worried that they were in a crisis mode and would lose the election.
So, the decision was made to reset the entire system. Maduro’s and his supporters ordered the network controllers to take the internet itself offline in practically all parts in Venezuela and to change the results. It took the voting system operators approximately two hours to make the adjustments in the vote from Radonsky to Maduro… By the time the system operators finish, they had achieved a convincing, but narrow victory of 200,000 votes for Maduro.
Things must have been going very badly for the Biden team to have to stop the vote counts in so many states in the middle of the night to stop Trump winning there and then.
The founder of Smartmatic admitted electronic tampering can change “a million votes.”
For some reason the Smartmatic crew fell out with the Venezuelan government and in 2017, Antonio Mugica, Former Founder and CEO of Smartmatic, said previous elections were all reliable but the last one was manipulated in the order of one million votes. Furthermore he said it was possible because there were not election observers in the room from both parties.
If you haven’t already seen it, Newsmax TV and Sidney Powell on the whistleblower:
The misinformation about misinformation
As word spreads about the travesty that is the US electoral system, the airwaves are filling up with fog. The aim here is to distract people with trivia that can be corrected so that the Biden fans can use the words “debunked” in the same sentence as “Dominion” and “Smartmatic”.
“A member of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, Peter Neffenger, served as chairman of Dominion Voting’s “subsidiary,” Smartmatic.”
Watch the pea. Smartmatic isn’t a subsidiary of Dominion (though Dominion once bought a subsidiary of Smartmatic), but it still makes software that is designed to rig elections and it counts many of the votes in the 2020 election. Maybe that matters? Snopes is bravely slaying strawmen in a fog. It just wants you to think it’s debunking stuff that matters.
To that end, Smartmatic and Dominion have declared themselves “competitors”. But it’s just semantics. Smartmatic also says “it has no ties to political parties”. (Apart from the Chairman helping Biden on Homeland Security.)
How different are Dominion and Smartmatic? Like clones:
Monica Showalter, American Thinker: … in short, Venezuelan-led Smartmatic bought U.S.-based Sequoia, put its technology into Sequoia, and then sold it to Dominion. Dominion denies having anything to do with Smartmatic now, though at one point it allowed Smartmatic to market its same technology abroad in places where Dominion didn’t do business (they got into a lawsuit over Puerto Rico), but the bottom line is that the technology is all the same because it was all the same company.
The Whistleblower agrees.
Voters have no idea their vote is recorded the opposite way they intended:
It doesn’t matter what the voter decides, it’s what the software decides that matters: