Carbon Tracking Credit Cards

The ability to constantly digitally track and record what we do exposes us to the potential for monstrous abuse.

Witness the use of “social credit” scores by the Chinese Communist Party to intimidate and control.

Now they’re rolling out new CO2 tracking credit cards.  What could go wrong?

Marc Morano posted to Climate Depot that:

The new CO2 monitoring Mastercard called Doconomy debuted in order to enable “all users to track, measure and understand their impact by presenting their carbon footprint on every purchase.” The credit cards feature the slogan on them reading “DO. Everyday Climate Action” and have a personal pledge on the rear of the card boasting: “I am taking responsibility for every transaction I make to help protect the planet.” The Mastercards feature the UN “Global Climate Action” logo on them as well. 

This CO2 tracking credit card is voluntary, yet every day we see a new push to replace voluntary choices with government mandates.

Could we all be subjected to digitally monitored CO2 limits the next time President Biden “loses patience” with us?

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The Myth That Hurricanes Are Getting Worse [Because of Climate Change]

Claims that hurricanes are becoming more frequent and far more powerful (and deadly) are rampant. But are they true?


In the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Ida, President Joe Biden this week traveled to storm-ravaged areas of New Jersey and New York to deliver a “code red” climate change message to the world: extreme weather poses an “existential threat” to humanity.

“The threat is here. It’s not going to get any better. The question is can it get worse? We can stop it from getting worse,” Biden said in the New York City borough of Queens, where he met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Bill deBlasio and others. “This is everybody’s crisis.”

Biden was echoing what has essentially become conventional wisdom: climate change is making extreme weather much worse.

“Climate change has turbocharged severe storms, fires, hurricanes, coastal storms and floods — threatening millions,” the Washington Post recently reported. “Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer.”

It’s a theme routinely trotted out after hurricanes. Following Hurricane Katrina, a devastating Category 5 hurricane that caused more than 1,800 deaths and some $125 billion in damage in 2006, research claimed Atlantic hurricanes doubled in the last century.

“These numbers are a strong indication that climate change is a major factor in the increasing number of Atlantic hurricanes,” said Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

The idea that humanity is beset by an increased number of “turbocharged” storms is a bit frightening. But is it true?

Before you take out a loan to build a storm shelter in your basement, it might be worthwhile to look at data from the American Meteorological Society recently published in the Wall Street Journal. The data show fewer hurricanes are landing on the continental US, not more.

“[D]espite what you may have heard, Atlantic hurricanes are not becoming more frequent,” explains Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg in the Journal. “In fact, the frequency of hurricanes making landfall in the continental U.S. has declined slightly since 1900.”

The WSJ is a respected publication, but it of course has a reputation for being right of center. So it’s important to note that Lomborg and the Journal are not out on a limb on this one. There is widespread consensus that hurricanes are not increasing in frequency.

“[A] new statistical analysis of historical records and satellite data suggests that there aren’t actually more Atlantic hurricanes now than there were roughly 150 years ago, researchers report July 13 in Nature Communications,” reported Science News.

The findings reported in Nature Communications were not an outlier. As The Economist reported in 2017 and the Washington Post reported in 2015, a plethora of research shows hurricanes are becoming less frequent, not more frequent.

That is only half of the story, however. While there is general agreement today that global warming is not causing more hurricanes, many scientists and media reports say storms are growing in intensity.

This claim, Lomborg argues, also is false.

“[No,] there aren’t more powerful hurricanes either. The frequency Category 3 and above hurricanes making landfall since 1900 is also trending slightly down,” Lomborg writes. “A July Nature paper finds that the increases in strong hurricanes you’ve heard so much about are ‘not part of a century-scale increase, but a recovery from a deep minimum in the 1960s–1980s.’”

Still, not everyone agrees with Lomborg and Nature. Some believe that the decline in the number of hurricanes is resulting in hurricanes that indeed are more powerful. But how much more?

Chris Landsea, tropical analysis forecast branch leader at the National Hurricane Center, said global warming likely added about 1 percent more power to Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane. That translated to 1 or 2 mph.

“That is a fairly small increase and most of the computer guidance by global warming models say maybe we could see 3 percent stronger by the end of the century,” said Landsea, speaking during a session on hurricane history in 2019. “That’s really not very much.”

The actual science of global warming and hurricanes seems fairly clear. Hurricanes are not landing more often on the continental US, but less often. It’s unclear if they are becoming more powerful, but if hurricanes are growing in intensity, it’s not by very much.

These scientific revelations are rather bland, and they seem a stark contrast to claims that extreme weather poses an “existential crisis” to humanity and headlines of “turbocharged” storms.

A person could be forgiven for asking: What gives? What am I supposed to believe? Is a weather apocalypse truly upon us?

If an extreme weather apocalypse is indeed upon us, it is one of many crises we’re told we face. There is no shortage of catastrophes and epidemics, judging from politicians, intellectuals, and media reports. Mass shootings. The coronavirus. The opioid crisis. Forest fires. The list goes on.

While it’s true conflict and crises are common elements of human history, it seems that our modern state of affairs is virtually constant crises. Why?

In his book Crisis and Leviathan, the economist Robert Higgs discusses this phenomenon. Higgs argues that crises are essentially food for the leviathan, a metaphor for the state coined by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes and derived from a Biblical sea monster.

Higgs observes that crises have served as the catalysts for the greatest expansions of state power in modern history. The New Deal was the spawn of the Great Depression. The War on Terror and the Patriot Act were the offspring of the 9/11 attacks. And then there is the Pandemic of 2020. Unlike in previous pandemics, public health officials leveraged the full power of the state to attempt to tame COVID-19.

In each crisis, Americans were told the emergency actions taken were not just necessary, but temporary. History, however, shows that once a crisis has passed, “the fattened leviathan continues to hold sway.”

Higgs’s thesis—that crises are the food that feeds the ravenous leviathan, slowly freeing it from the shackles designed to constrain it—calls to mind a meme popular on social media.

“If we let politicians break the law in an emergency,” it goes, “politicians will create an emergency so they can break the law.”

Another version of the meme would be this: Once crises are seen as a legitimate cause for extraconstitutional action, prepare yourself for an abundance of crises.

None of this is to say pandemics, extreme weather, shootings, and the like are not real or serious problems. They are.

But it’s important to understand that government is the cause of many of these problems, not the solution. The reality is government isn’t very good at solving simple problems, let alone highly complex ones. Indeed, climate-related deaths are at historic lows—not because governments routinely hit their CO2 reduction benchmarks (they don’t) but because free market capitalism has made human habitats exponentially more resistant to climate-related disasters.

“Better infrastructure, fed by improved technology and wealth, does more to protect lives and property than cutting carbon emissions,” Lomborg explains.

Global temps may indeed be edging upward, but the solution isn’t to give politicians and government bureaucrats the power to regulate the economy with Green New Deal-style legislation designed to curb bad weather.

The solution is to unleash the power of the free market and allow entrepreneurs to build humans a more prosperous and resilient world through human ingenuity.

COLUMN BY

Jon Miltimore

Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has been the subject of articles in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, and the Star Tribune. Bylines: Newsweek, The Washington Times, MSN.com, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, the Epoch Times.

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The Myth That Our Planet Faces an Overpopulation Crisis

Shortly after my wife graduated from college, she joined Zero Population Growth. Looking back, she tells me it was an emotional reaction fueled by reading Paul Ehrlich’s apocalyptic claims. In his book, The Population BombEhrlich wrote: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”

Ehrlich’s book, despite being spectacularly wrong, influenced millions. Zero Population Growth has morphed into the Population Connection. Ehrlich is unrepentant and still claims the collapse of civilization is a “near certainty” in the not too distant future.

Ehrlich is not the only voice proclaiming the end is near. The UK’s “Optimum Population Trust (OPT) believes Earth may not be able to support more than half its present numbers before the end of the century,” The Telegraph summarized. The OPT movement has attracted followers such as David Attenborough.

In the US, Bernie Sanders recently vowed to support “empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth” as a response to climate change.

Moreover, James Lovelock advanced the Gaia hypothesis that Earth is one “self-regulating organism.” Lovelock forecasts the population of the Earth will fall to one billion from its current total of over seven billion people. Given Lovelock’s cheerfulness about such carnage, it is easy to see why Alan Hall, a senior analyst at The Socionomist, wonders whether “today’s drives to limit consumption and population” are ideologically related to the eugenics movement from the past century. In his essay “A Socionomic Study of Eugenics,” Hall writes in the Socionomist:

Circa 1900, influential intellectuals in Europe and the U.S. voiced concerns about uncontrolled procreation causing a supposed decline in the quality of human beings. Today, similar groups voice concerns about uncontrolled population growth and resource consumption causing a decline in the quality of the environment…Today’s green advocates brandish images of an overrun, dying planet.

Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to aid the lives of children living “in extreme poverty.” In his book, Factfulness, the late professor of international health Hans Rosling, reports on critics of the Gates Foundation who reject such efforts. “The argument goes like this,” Rosling writes. “If you keep saving poor children, you’ll kill the planet by causing overpopulation.”

In the face of advocates for such beliefs, no wonder Hall asks us to reflect on whether we “will make the cut” if those seeking to cull humanity are successful.

We’ve all heard the SparkNotes version of Malthusian predictions of doom caused by overpopulation. Malthus thought food production could not keep pace with population growth. In his 1798 “Essay on the Principle of Population,” Malthus anticipated the suffering that awaited humanity.

The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction; and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague, advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and ten thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.

Unlike Ehrlich and others, Malthus had reason to be a pessimist in his lifetime. If Malthus had been writing history or predicting the near future, he would not have been far from the mark.

“The good old days were awful,” observes Johan Norberg in his book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future. The year 1868 was one of famine in Sweden. Norberg shares this powerful testimony of a survivor remembering back to his childhood.

We often saw mother weeping to herself, and it was hard on a mother, not having any food to put on the table for her hungry children. Emaciated, starving children were often seen going from farm to farm, begging for a few crumbs of bread. One day three children came to us, crying and begging for something to still the pangs of hunger. Sadly, her eyes brimming with tears, our mother was forced to tell them that we had nothing but a few crumbs of bread which we ourselves needed. When we children saw the anguish in the unknown children’s supplicatory eyes, we burst into tears and begged mother to share with them what crumbs we had. Hesitantly she acceded to our request, and the unknown children wolfed down the food before going on to the next farm, which was a good way off from our home. The following day all three were found dead between our farm and the next.

Sweden was so poor back in the 19th century, Norberg observes, that “it was poorer, with shorter life expectancy and higher child mortality than the average sub-Saharan African country.”

The population of Sweden in 1868 was a bit over 3.5 million. Today Sweden’s population is almost 300 percent larger. Is Sweden more overpopulated today than it was in 1868?

Norberg writes, “In 1694, a chronicler in Meulan, Normandy, noted that the hungry harvested the wheat before it was ripe, and ‘large numbers of people lived on grass like animals.’”

Today people live like animals in North Korea. They, too, eat grass and bark off trees.

Geographically, North Korea is almost 25 percent larger than South Korea. The population of modern South Korea is about double the population of starving North Korea.

Overpopulation is relative to the ability of an economy to provide a decent standard of living, adequate nutrition, and minimize the impact on the environment. Using that measure, North Korea, with more land and fewer people, is overpopulated compared to South Korea. Nineteenth-century Sweden was overpopulated compared to today’s Sweden.

If you think South Korea, with its more modern economy, inflicts more harm on the environment than the poor economy of North Korea, you would be wrong.

In North Korea, some rivers run black from uranium mining.

The poor people of North Korea “harvest forests for fuel and to make fields during a succession of famines… Some people resorted to eating bark,” the Scientific American noted earlier this year. The result has been widespread deforestation and a denuding of the landscape.

Ecologist Margaret Palmer visited North Korea, and she saw the “entire landscape was lifeless and barren.” She saw a Malthusian nightmare:

Emaciated looking farmers tilled the earth with plows pulled by oxen and trudged through half-frozen streams to collect nutrient-rich sediments for their fields.

“We went to a national park where we saw maybe one or two birds, but other than that you don’t see any wildlife,” Palmer said.

Dutch soil scientist Joris van der Kamp reports on the North Korean environmental collapse. “The landscape is just basically dead. It’s a difficult condition to live in, to survive.”

Van der Kamp added, “There are no branches of trees on the ground. Everything is collected for food or fuel or animal food, almost nothing is left for the soil.”

Elon Musk dreams of colonizing Mars, but he can find in North Korea a dead landscape with warmer temperatures, more oxygen, and minuscule travel costs compared to the Red Planet. When communism collapses in North Korea, capitalism will terraform the country at an inestimably small fraction of the cost of terraforming Mars.

Based on its ability to support its human population and protect its environment, sparsely populated North Korea is one of the most overpopulated countries in the world.

Norberg explains what Malthus got wrong.

[H]e underestimated [humanity’s] ability to innovate, solve problems and change its ways when Enlightenment ideas and expanded freedoms gave people the opportunity to do so. As farmers got individual property rights, they then had an incentive to produce more. As borders were opened to international trade, regions began to specialize in the kinds of production suited to their soil, climate and skills. And agricultural technology improved to make use of these opportunities. Even though population grew rapidly, the supply of food grew more quickly.

The more specialization and exchange, the wealthier and better fed a growing population will be. In countries like North Korea, Venezuela, and Mao’s China, central planning leads to reduced specialization, which leads to starvation. As Matt Ridley explains in his book The Rational Optimist:

[I]f exchange becomes harder, [people] will reduce their specialisation, which can lead to a population crisis even without an increase in population. The Malthusian crisis comes not as a result of population growth directly, but because of decreasing specialisation. Increasing self-sufficiency is the very signature of a civilisation under stress, the definition of a falling standard of living.

Ridley explains that embracing specialization increases human ingenuity and increases the possibility that more people “can live upon the planet in improving health, food security and life expectancy and that this is compatible with cleaner air, increasing forest cover and some booming populations of elephants.”

In short, Ridley writes, “Embracing dynamism means opening your mind to the possibility of posterity making a better world rather than preventing a worse one.”

In their book, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson have startling facts for those who believe the population will continue to explode.

No, we are not going to keep adding bodies until the world is groaning at the weight of eleven billion of us and more; nine billion is probably closer to the truth, before the population starts to decline. No, fertility rates are not astronomically high in developing countries; many of them are at or below replacement rate. No, Africa is not a chronically impoverished continent doomed to forever grow its population while lacking the resources to sustain it; the continent is dynamic, its economies are in flux, and birth rates are falling rapidly. No, African Americans and Latino Americans are not overwhelming white America with their higher fertility rates. The fertility rates of all three groups have essentially converged.

Looking at current trends and expecting them to continue is what Hans Rosling calls “the straight line instinct.” That instinct often leads to false conclusions.

Rosling explains why critics of the Gates Foundation’s efforts to save children are dead wrong.

“Saving poor children just increases the population” sounds correct, but the opposite is true. Delaying the escape from extreme poverty just increases the population. Every generation kept in extreme poverty will produce an even larger next generation. The only proven method for curbing population growth is to eradicate extreme poverty and give people better lives.

With better lives, Rosling writes,

parents then have chosen for themselves to have fewer children. This transformation has happened across the world but it has never happened without lowering child mortality.

In the past 20 years, “the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty” has fallen by half. Rosling adds that already the “majority of the world population live in middle-income countries.”

When feverish dreams of doom are used to justify controlling the lives of others, restricting personal and economic freedom, expect more poverty and environmental degradation with real overpopulation like that of North Korea. It is capitalism and freedom that lift humanity out of poverty, vanquish overpopulation, and offer a sustainable future.

COLUMN BY

Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. To receive Barry’s essays subscribe at Mindset Shifts.

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Watch Morano Out-Debate Climate Guy on Bongino on Fox

Marc Morano took on Democrat political consultant Kevin Walling on Fox’s Unfiltered with Dan Bongino and knocked him out.

Watch now at CFACT’s Climate Depot.

Team Climate hates to debate in a fair forum.  The reason?  Experts like Marc Morano confront them with the hard data that serves as anti–venom to their propaganda.

Here’s a sample from Marc:

“Even the United Nations admits floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires — either no trend or declining trends on climate time scales. NOAA says that hurricane landfalls are down since 1800, the busiest season, busiest decade…for major hurricanes was the 1940s, so we have a hurricane that hit — Ida…this is nothing short of lobbying using an extreme weather event, a bad weather event to lobby for your political goals. They’ve weaponized the weather and that’s what the Biden administration is doing. It’s what Chuck Schumer is doing, and it’s evidence-free because the more you look at the data there’s always records broken, there’s always extreme weather everywhere on the planet — that’s the norm, nothing unusual now from a climate time scale is occurring.”

Hard data shows deaths from climate are way down and that today’s weather is historically normal, which is anything but alarming.  Team Climate finds facts such as these terribly inconvenient.

That’s why they would rather censor than debate.

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VIDEO: A Biblical Perspective on Climate Change

Last week, President Joe Biden visited New York to survey the devastation from Hurricane Ida. During his press conference, the president referenced a recent U.N. report that tracks climate change. According to the report, “Global surface temperature has increased faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over a least the last 2,000 years.” Not surprisingly, Biden used his remarks as an opportunity to advocate for expansive, big-government climate policies, claiming that worsening weather patterns merit a wide-ranging, government-led approach. Without a doubt, hurricanes, fires, and other extreme weather patterns are cause for concern. But how should Christians think about the climate? Yesterday, FRC President Tony Perkins addressed the topic on Washington Watch, offering his perspective on how Christians should approach debates over climate change.

According to Tony, President Biden is correct to note that the climate is changing. Extreme weather patterns are becoming stronger and more frequent. But unlike many in the broader culture who have become gripped with fear about the weather, Christians should approach the topic with a perspective informed by Scripture. And while it may surprise those unfamiliar with the Bible, God’s Word offers insight into how we should think about extreme weather.

First, Christians ought to remember the Bible’s teaching about creation. Genesis 1-2 teaches that God created the heavens and earth. The material creation — including mountains, oceans, deserts, and prairies — were created “ex nihilo,” meaning they were created out of nothing. In short, God spoke, and creation appeared. The doctrine of creation reminds Christians that God is the creator and has control over His creation. Furthermore, Paul explains in Colossians 1: 16-17, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Christians understand that God is the creator and sustainer of the world. This understanding undergirds a Christian perspective on the climate. Ultimately, God is in control of everything that happens in the world, and nothing occurs without His knowledge and permission.

Second, in Matthew 24, Jesus tells His disciples about events and changes that will occur as the end of time draws near. Specifically, Jesus mentions great storms and natural disasters, noting, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). From Jesus’ explanation, we can draw an important conclusion, which is that while these changes are scary, we should not be alarmed. In fact, Jesus told His disciples that these events would occur so they would be sobered minded, not alarmist.

Third, it is important for Christians to recall that the Bible explains why natural disasters happen in the first place. In short, all evil and suffering can be traced to the fall of humanity into sin (Genesis 3). Man’s rebellion against God not only resulted in humanity’s spiritual and physical death but had implications for creation as well. As Romans 8:22 explains, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” Sin not only affects humanity, but the whole of creation, and sin is ultimately behind the evil that ravages our lives.

Considering the wide-ranging effects of sin, Tony made an important point, noting:

Man is responsible for the changing climate. Our sin has corrupted the environment. It began in the Garden of Eden with the fall of man and the climate as only gotten worse ever since. But the solution is not bigger government that will take more of your money and more of your freedoms and promise more things that they cannot deliver on.

Significantly, climate change, natural disasters, war, famine, poverty, and civil unrest are part of living in a fallen world. Christians should care about these issues and do whatever is in their power to push back against the corroding effects of sin — wherever they appear. But followers of Jesus should not expect the government to be able to provide all the solutions and hand over their freedoms for a false sense of security. In fact, Christians need to be wary of those who want to use issues like the changing climate to take away freedoms and impose policies that will have harmful and unintended consequences.

Christians should not forget that God is the one who calms the storms and is Lord over the elements. As Tony reminded Washington Watch listeners,

If you and I take the warning that Jesus has given us, not to scare us but to prepare us for what is unfolding in the times in which we live, we will be better prepared to face them and to minister through them so that others might come to know the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be free from their sin and experience life abundantly.

Ultimately, Jesus warned us that things would get difficult in the final days. But even as circumstances and events become more challenging, believers have an opportunity to point others to the hope of the gospel. While maintaining a posture of trust toward God and refusing to panic or surrender our basic rights, Christians can encourage others and strengthen our faith as we trust in Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

COLUMN BY

David Closson

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AWED NEWSLETTER: From COVID to Climate and Energy to Elections.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Note 1: Each issue now has a link, so it’s simple to share on social media. We’re also hoping that the new Newsletter format makes it easier to read.

Note 2: Our two new powerful reports on COVID-19 are here and here.

Note 3: For multiple reasons, we STRONGLY recommend that you read this Newsletter on your computer, not your phone!


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19 — Therapies:

Report: How Greed and Negligence Likely Killed 400,000± Americans

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early. Analysis of 63 studies

Directories of Physicians who may prescribe Ivermectin: here and here.

Study: Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19: A Systematic Review

Study: Review of the Evidence of the Efficacy of Ivermectin for COVID-19

Study: Ivermectin: a Nobel prize drug with indicated efficacy against COVID-19

Japanese Medical Chairman Doubles Down on Ivermectin

India’s Bar Association sues WHO scientist over Ivermectin

The unmistakable Ivermectin miracle in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

Ohio Judge Orders Hospital to Honor COVID Patient’s Ivermectin Request

Study: AHCC as a COVID-19 Therapy

An extensive collection: COVID-19 Preventions and Treatments

The Triumph of Evil?

COVID-19 — Vaccines (Pfizer):

Document Reveals ‘Shocking’ Terms of Pfizer’s International Vaccine Agreements

FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FDA Caves Under Immense Corruption

The Curious Case Of FDA’s Approval Of Comirnaty

Dr. Malone: Pfizer Covid Injection “Approval” a Treacherous Gaslighting Campaign

Major law firm confirms FDA deceived America with its confusing ‘approval’ of Pfizer vax

COVID-19 — Vaccines (Other):

Study: Natural Immunity 13x More Effective Than Vaccines

15 Studies: Natural immunity from prior infection is more robust than COVID vaccines

Study: Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens

Study: Spike-antibody waning after second dose of some vaccines

Study: Vaccinated healthcare workers carry 251x viral load of unvaccinated

COVID-19 Mandates Will Not Work for the Delta Variant

UK data destroys entire premise for vaccine push

Dr. Robert Young Finds Graphene Oxide, etc in All Four Vaccines

Doctors and Lawyers Assess Blood Smears from People Who Have Had Covid Injections

Dr. Christina Parks’ Testimony on the Unscientific Foolishness of ‘Vaccine’ Mandates

Report: UK Data Destroys Entire Premise for Vaccine Push

31 reasons why I won’t get the COVID-19 injection

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

Study: Majority Of Masks Only 10% Effective Against Virus

OSHA suspends requirement for employers to report vaccine injuries

Study: The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein subunit S1 induces COVID-19-like acute lung injury

Report: SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England

COVID-19 — Misc:

Report: Scientific Observations about the Medical Establishment’s Handling of COVID-19

Article: A Scientific Assessment of the Medical Establishment’s Handling of COVID-19

Breaking Down Medical ‘Fact-Checking’ Propaganda

Two High-Level FDA Officials Quit Over Biden Administration Meddling

The BEST COVID Summary on the Internet

Report: A science in the shadows

Wind Energy:

Minnesota Court Rules Natural Gas More Environmentally-Friendly than Solar or Wind

Wind turbine makers struggle to profit from wind energy boom as costs rise

Turbine noise goes on trial

Group files lawsuit against US offshore wind project

Trump adviser involved in Offshore Vineyard Wind opposition

Nuclear Energy:

Germany Flirts With Power Crunch in Nuclear and Coal Exit

New school year, new Classroom Resources for Navigating Nuclear!

The dubious Senate proposal to bail out nuclear powerplants

Support for Nuclear Power for Pueblo Colorado – PRO 2021

Misc Energy:

Forget Net Zero: Fossil fuels will constitute 50% of global energy mix by 2050

America’s energy going into the future is …

Antarctic Sea Ice “Rebound” Surprises Scientists

The Afghanistan Fiasco Reflects an Energy Problem

We just gave China a chunk of the global Lithium supply + more rare-earth metals

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time — Part XXVIII

Video: Demystifying the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect

Greenhouse saturation research could kill the “climate emergency”

A complete list of things caused by global warming

China’s emissions go up, while Trudeau insists Canada’s must go down

Fact check: Just how harmful is methane?

Study: Mixing Proxy and Measured Data

Media Can’t Handle the Climate Truth

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

Short video: Big Trouble in the Tropical Troposphere

Carbon Dioxide Has Reached a Point of Diminishing Returns

Sooking and Sniveling for Climate Justice

China warns US: Back off or we’ll sink climate cooperation

Biden rebuffed as US and China fail to reach climate agreement

Fossil-Fuel Interests Are ‘Carbon Shaming’ Climate Advocates

US Election — HR4:

Why H.R. 4 Imperils Free and Fair Elections

African American Leaders Warn That H.R. 4 Does Not Continue Civil Rights Legacy

Nancy Pelosi’s Next Bad Voting Bill

HR 4: Unconstitutional, Last-Ditch Effort to Federalize Elections

House Democrats Pass Bill To Steal Elections The Old-Fashioned Way

The Top-10 Reasons H.R. 4 is Bad for Voters

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

Should Unelected Judges And D.C. Bureaucrats Draw Congressional Voting Districts?

Sidney Powell, et al Ordered To Reeducation Camps For Daring To Challenge Election

US Election — Other State Issues:

Missing Ballots in Three States Exceed Joe Biden’s Victory Margins

AG’s office says Maricopa County must provide routers to Senate ‘audit

Investigators Bust 240 Leftist Operatives in Georgia

NC Lawmakers fire AG for refusing to appeal felon voting ruling

Voter fraud concerns mounting in tight California recall election

California Man Found With 300 Unopened Recall Ballots and Forged Licenses

Nevada County Quietly Deletes 83% of Voters from Its 2020 Voter Rolls

US Politics and Socialism:

Short video: Questioning my own Leftist Ideology

Social Justice is Not Justice

This Nations’Expanding Dependence State

US Politics and Afghanistan:

Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals Regarding Afghanistan

Taliban to rely on Chinese funds, spokesperson says

Biden’s Fake Victory Lap

Is China really eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources?

Taliban vow to tackle Climate Change

Video of Taliban checking US military helicopters left behind

Afghanistan Didn’t Fall: It Never Existed

Other US Politics and Related:

AGENDA: Grinding America Down

Govt Misinformation: How Congress Can Get Agencies to Address the Problem

NYS County Passes Constitutional County Resolution

Civil Society Is All But Totally Corrupted by Our Ruling Class

Science and Misc Matters:

You Are Living in the Golden Age of Stupidity

The Emotional and Mental Health Benefits of Playing Card Games

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Think COVID-19 Lockdowns Were Bad? Climate Lockdowns Could Be Next

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments introduced lockdowns and other restrictions, with clear social and economic consequences. But there are growing signs the world could see more lockdowns in the future — for climate change.

The initial months of the pandemic starting in March 2020 saw the vast majority of states impose stay-at-home orders and other restrictions. The majority of states also introduced mask mandates and social distancing requirements, along with limits on public gathering, and many of these policies were in effect for months.

It is evident that lockdown policies had widespread social and economic consequences. The closure of schools kept more than one billion children out of school globally, and studies suggest a lack of in-person schooling has dramatically reduced academic performance.

Suicide and drug abuse also spiked during the pandemic, and some countries like Japan even created government agencies to address an epidemic of loneliness that has worsened over the past year. The pandemic and subsequent restrictions caused millions of U.S. small businesses to close down, often permanently, and the U.S. economy has struggled to fully recover amid other economic issues such as inflation.

In spite of these concerns, scientists and climate activists have pointed to the supposedly positive impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the environment. A steep decline in social and commercial activities led to huge reductions in carbon emissions and other climate metrics, NBC News reported.

The Department of Health and Human Services established a new office late in August to make climate change a public health issue. During the pandemic, public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued broad policy changes ranging from general health recommendations to the federal eviction moratorium.

Under a potential climate lockdown, governments and public health bodies could exercise similar authority to enforce sweeping changes to environmental and energy policy. This could entail extreme energy-saving measures such as limits on private-vehicle use, consumption of animal products and fossil fuel drilling.

study published in Nature Climate Change in March found that carbon emissions fell by around 2.6 billion metric tons in 2020. Researchers concluded a pandemic-scale lockdown once every two years would lead to an equivalent decline in emissions over the long-term.

Climate policy experts told the Daily Caller that climate lockdowns are not a far-fetched scenario and warned the Biden administration’s focus on climate change as a public health issue could lead to similar restrictions on American public life.

“If climate activists were allowed, they would take us from COVID lockdowns straight into climate lockdowns,” said JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy. “Now that they’ve seen arbitrary lockdowns successfully imposed under the guise of a “public health emergency,” they can’t wait for federal, state and local declarations of a climate emergency to achieve the same sort of dominance over us.”

“Treating climate change as a health issue is ridiculous,” added CO2 Coalition executive director Greg Wrightstone. “Climate alarmists seek to exert government control over energy production and use it to advance an upside down world view.”

“The Biden-Harris administration wants to turn the attention of every federal agency to climate change,” noted Competitive Enterprise Institute energy director Myron Ebell. “Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to waste valuable resources on climate change rather than on protecting and improving people’s health is criminal lunacy.”

COLUMN BY

VARUN HUKERI

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WSJ: Media Can’t Handle The Climate Truth

The Democrat-media-complex can’t handle the truth. Period.

Climate change is the greatest political fraud in history.

Media Can’t Handle the Climate Truth – WSJ

If, after four decades, scientists see less warming and lower emissions, isn’t that good news?

By Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Wall Street Journal, Sept. 3, 2021:

If “news” is about how today differs from yesterday, the press missed a lot of news in the long-awaited new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was issued a few weeks ago.

After 41 years of promoting a fuzzy and unsatisfying estimate of how much warming might result from a doubling of atmospheric CO2, the world’s climate science arbiter has finally offered the first real improvement in the history of modern climate science.

Through five previous U.N. assessment plus their predecessor, the 1979 Charney Report, the likely worst-case was a rise of 4.5 degrees Celsius. This came from averaging the result of inconsistent computer climate simulations about which the IPCC knew only one thing: They couldn’t all be right and perhaps none were. In another departure, the U.N. panel now says the dire emissions scenario it promoted for two decades should be regarded as highly unlikely, with more plausible projections at least a third lower.

The report also notes, as the press never does, the full impact of these emissions won’t be manifested until decades, even a century, later. The ultimate likely worst-case effect of a doubling of CO2 might be 4 degrees, but the best estimate of the “transient climate response” this century is about 2.7 degrees, or 1.6 degrees on top of the warming experienced since the start of the industrial age.

You might not wish this on your least-favorite planet, but compare it with media coverage of the U.S. National Climate Assessment in 2018, which paraded as a nearly foregone conclusion a temperature increase of 6.1 degrees.

No, the new report isn’t a reason to stop worrying about climate change, on the unlikely assumption that your previous level of worry corresponded to the actual science. But if you’ve been buying the media’s exaggerations, you can relax quite a bit.

The words most quoted in the press weren’t found in the U.N. report or even its executive summary. They were the claims of a pair of U.N. officials that the report heralded a “code red for humanity” and, even more devoid of meaning, that “no one is safe” from a warming planet.

In reality, no creature makes the whole planet its home but picks those zones it finds most equable. Even with technological help, humanity is present, and thinly so, on 20% of the earth’s land surface. The boundaries of this presence will shift in response to a changing climate, as they have in the past.

By now, though, the press and the climate science impresarios know each other too well, thus scripted idiocies abound. This week’s massive rainstorm in the Northeast reflexively was described as a consequence of climate change. Never mind that heavy rains always happened and, in any case, climate policy can’t be a solution for a New York City storm-drain system designed not to withstand a five-year storm, let alone a 100-year storm.

Or take the U.S. government’s claim that July was the hottest month on record. Unmentioned in any news report that I could find, the margin of error in this measurement was 10 times as large as the purported difference over the previously claimed hottest month of July 2016.

Imagine the news industry was still able to discern news. If the latest in a 40-year succession of climate forecasts differs from its predecessors in finding temperature change and emissions not as bad as previously projected, this would qualify as news. That is, to a media not wedded to the senseless assumption that climate science can only produce a succession of ever more dire discoveries……

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Biden Wrong On Fires and Ida

Hurricane Ida brought powerful wind and rain to Louisiana and drenched the Northeast.

Devastating fires have consumed California forests and burned people out of their homes.

Politicians and pressure groups, from President Biden on down, rushed to capitalize on people’s heart-rending losses, and exploit them to push the global warming narrative.

President Biden said,

“The past few days of Hurricane Ida and the unprecedented flash floods in New York and New Jersey is yet another reminder these extreme storms and the climate crisis are here.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said,

“Global warming is upon us, and it’s going to get worse, and worse, and worse, and that’s why it’s so imperative that we pass the two bills.”

Embattled Governor Gary Newsom, speaking on the Caldor and Dixie fires, vowed to,

“continue to lead on climate change, and that is our resolve and commitment to take a backseat to no one in this country in terms of our commitment to radically change the way we produce and consume energy.”

There is a chorus of voices conflating our weather with climate in ways scientific data does not support.

Hurricane Ida strengthened over a warm Gulf of Mexico.  Yet there is no trend that shows the Gulf warming in a meaningful way.  This is U.S. government data. Could any number of wind turbines, solar panels, or electric vehicles have meaningfully altered this temperature data, or for that matter Hurricane Ida?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NOAA GULF OF MEXICO TEMPERATURE CHART

Similarly, California rainfall always varies greatly from year to year.  Here, for example, is the precipitation data for San Diego.  Rainfall is low this year, yet not as low as many other years, some over a century ago.  Who truly believes that taxes, redistribution or energy mandates could have meaningfully brought more or less rain?  Would that even be desirable if they could?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SAN DIEGO ANNUAL RAINFALL 1850-2020 

When Hurricane Katrina struck, New Orleans flooded, not because of climate change, but because aging levies and pumps failed.  We spent the last sixteen years improving the levies and pumps.  This year they held.  That’s what genuine “infrastructure” investment looks like.

CFACT stands with everyone who has suffered loss from fire, wind or flood.  Count on our thoughts, prayers and action.

We must manage our forests better, harden the New York City Subways against storm surge and rain as required, and continue to ensure our noble first responders have the equipment and planning they need to protect us.

There has always been extreme weather and always will.

Exploiting the suffering caused by nature’s fury to push radical redistribution and climate policies is shameful.

COLUMN BY

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.

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Afghanistan Climate Nonsense

Leave it to Team Climate to exploit the crisis in Afghanistan and get everything wrong.

Marc Morano featured on Climate Depot a bizarre headline from Newsweek which implied that the Taliban might not be so bad after all.  This is because, apparently, the Taliban wants to curry good will with the world community by fighting climate change!  Pay no attention to the bombings, beatings and beheadings!

Newsweek quotes Taliban official Abdul Qahar Balkhi saying,

“‘We believe the world has a unique opportunity of rapprochement and coming together to tackle the challenges not only facing us but the entire humanity,’ Balkhi added, ‘and these challenges ranging from world security and climate change need the collective efforts of all.’”

So there you have it … the Taliban are really just a bunch of conscientious woke liberals. Unbelievable.

We also posted another typically hard-hitting column from Joanne Nova who mockingly asks us to “wake up to the new reality that solar panels can stop the Taliban.” Be sure to check it out.

A suicide bomber just detonated a bomb at the Kabul airport.  There are multiple explosions and gunfire.  That’s what the reality of evil extremism looks like.  This has ZERO to do with climate.

Let’s hope President Biden’s mind-boggling bungling of the situation in Afghanistan, coupled with the horrific acts by evil extremists in that troubled land, rip the blinders off all of us and focuses us on what real tragedy looks like and how to fight it going forward.

COLUMN BY

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.

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Biden Climate Change Policy a ‘House of Cards’

“It’s getting late early,” said that great 20th century philosopher, Yogi Berra.

For President Joseph Biden, this nugget from the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher sticks like butterscotch as his policy blunders pile up and Americans increasingly feel their baleful effects. They include the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, menacing inflation, the human tidal wave over the open southern border, the new coronavirus outbreak, and his war on American energy.

These are a few of many examples that suggest his presidency may soon implode, before his first year concludes. By contrast, it took Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon until their third and fifth years, respectively, for their presidencies to collapse beyond recovery.

President Biden’s war on American-produced energy is galling and—dare I say—un-American. This is because of two recent administration actions that contradict his purported climate policy and confirm the blizzard of lies about the implications of climate change.

First, last May the president lifted U.S. sanctions on companies that were constructing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, which expands the market for Russian fossil fuel energy. That same Russia is governed by Vladimir Putin who we’ve been told incessantly for years is the worst dictator alive – until Mr. Biden gave him this energy gift for no discernable return benefit.

Then there was the president’s national security advisor, a man named Jake Sullivan, who last week called on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase production and exports in order to lower gasoline prices. OPEC, he said, “should move faster to restore the global supply of gasoline … higher gasoline prices, if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global [economic] recovery.” The same day, the president’s top economic advisor urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the gasoline market for any illegal conduct.

Clearly, President Biden and his administration are starting to panic about rapidly increasing gas prices and broader inflation. They are so worried, their entreaty for more oil exposes their climate policy as a gigantic fraud.

Google up “Biden existential threat” and the results go on interminably. The president habitually claims that climate change is the “existential threat of our time.” This is dogma in his administration and for many in Congress. But does Mr. Biden really believe? His gift to Russia and mendicancy toward OPEC suggest otherwise.

From day one of his presidency, Mr. Biden set forth to act on his claim of climate catastrophe by curbing domestic energy production in oil, gas and coal, starting with executive orders to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and stop new energy leases on federal lands. Another order last January committed the U.S. to a “whole-of-government approach to the climate crisis” and established “climate considerations as an essential element in U.S. foreign policy and national security.”

Except when it’s not.

The Biden actions on Nord Stream 2 and OPEC reveal these climate directives to be at best, rhetorical; at worst, a lie.

Seven months later, energy prices are skyrocketing and Americans are feeling the pinch. This is no accident or happenstance.

The 12-month period through July, overall price inflation increased 5.4 percent, the highest in 13 years, while energy prices surged nearly 24 percent, more than four times the general rate. The ripple effect of skyrocketing energy prices will reverberate throughout the economy with each passing month, with higher manufacturing costs, higher shipping costs and more.

With inflation rearing its ugly head, maybe the “existential threat” of climate change is not so existential and not even a threat, after all. The claptrap about a “zero-carbon economy” by the Biden team becomes just that with their public plea for more carbon-spewing crude oil from overseas.

As former President Jimmy Carter learned more than 40 years ago, the inflation genie is very hard to put back into the bottle quickly and Americans do not react well.

It is one thing for President Biden and his team of adherents to Tweet about climate change and issue executive orders. When these and other policies take hold and the inflationary effects occur (as I predicted), their demand for more foreign oil is further evidence of a house of cards that is climate policy.

Sometimes presidential difficulties result from events beyond their control. Jimmy Carter did not abet inflation and Donald Trump did not unleash the coronavirus, but the issues engulfed them and cost them both re-election.

By contrast, Richard Nixon’s problems from the Watergate scandal were self-inflicted. So it is with President Biden’s climate policies and much else afflicting the nation.

Joe Biden became a U.S. Senator when Mr. Nixon was still president and he surely recalls the hapless Carter presidency shortly thereafter. Before it is too late, President Biden should jettison this fruitless climate crusade – something he never truly embraced while a 36-year senator. Rather than beg OPEC for more oil, the president should immediately re-open American oil and gas production and restore our nation’s energy independence.

COLUMN BY

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is Senior Fellow at CFACT. He has researched and advocated for a variety of policy issues, including education reform and fiscal policy, both in the non-profit sector and in government in the administration of former New York Governor George Pataki. He previously wrote and edited The Chalkboard weblog for the NY Charter Schools Association, and has been published in numerous media outlets, including The Hill, New York Post, Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal. Twitter: @PeterMurphy26. Website: https://www.petermurphylgs.com/

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Biden Clueless On Much More Than Afghanistan

The horrible tragedy in Afghanistan revealed a Biden Administration divorced from reality.

President Biden and his people not only failed to validly assess the ramifications of their actions, they froze like deer in headlights and proved unable to adapt and respond as new information became available.

Afghanistan turned the Biden team into a bunch of fact-challenged “Baghdad Bobs.”

As the Taliban took control of town after town and were approaching Kabul, State Department spokesman Ned Price could not process what was happening.  On Friday (the thirteenth) he told NPR “The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have 300,000 fighters at their disposal, 300,000… In fact, President Biden’s budget request for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces going forward has $3.3 billion of support… If you look at it on paper, they once again have over 300,000 troops. They have an air force. They have special forces. They have heavy equipment. The Taliban has almost none of this. The Taliban is a force of some 70,000 to 80,000, less than a third of the size of what the Afghan government can muster.”

Three days later President Ashraf Ghani  had fled and the Taliban controlled Kabul.

Ned Price spent the last few years as Director of Policy and Communications at National Security Action, a left-wing think tank focused “on advancing American global leadership and opposing the reckless policies of the Trump Administration.”  Price was one of President Biden’s earliest appointments.  The Biden Administration is filled with feckless bureaucrats like Price.

The Biden Administration did not understand Afghanistan.  They failed to formulate a valid plan for withdrawal, but worse, once proven wrong, they were unable to reassess and respond.  “On paper” Kabul remained secure.

We can learn a great deal from Biden’s Afghanistan debacle.

The Biden Administration smugly lectures us on scores of topics as if they possess great insight to which we all must yield.

They are almost always WRONG.  Unfortunately, unlike Afghanistan, it usually takes far longer to learn just how wrong they are.

Climate change is “an existential threat” Biden tells us with a wag of his finger.  The science is settled and not to be discussed.  Maybe on paper or computer models, Mister President, reality however, continues to reveal the models to be too hot, and the weather to be natural.

We must all switch to electric vehicles President Biden tells us, “there is no turning back.

It is the Biden Administration’s climate policies that are actually making America less secure. Last week Biden had the audacity to call on OPEC to pump more oil, while he does everything to strangle American-made energy production to make us more dependent on nations who hate us.

As Biden forces us to adopt more inefficient, intermittent solar and wind and short-range electric vehicles, it also forces greater reliance on China. China has a near-monopoly on the rare Earth minerals necessary to make renewables and EVs. With China embracing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, expect the Chinese government move quickly to exploit Afghanistan’s vast resources including lithium and oil.

Here’s a frightening reality.  Biden’s military and foreign policy bureaucracy that failed so dramatically, is MORE ABLE than the people running his energy, environment, economic, immigration, criminal justice and the rest of American policy.

Americans must wake up to the reality that left-wing policies do not work across the board.

Wrecking our electric grid is a terrible mistake.  So are the higher taxes, new entitlements and waste in Biden’s $3.5 trillion spendapalooza bill.

Biden’s bureaucrats and left-wing zealots are dead wrong across the board and must be stopped before they do further damage.

RELATED ARTICLE: Biden climate change policy a ‘house of cards’

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NEWSLETTER: We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

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COVID-19 — Therapies:

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early. Analysis of 63 studies

Directories of Physicians who may prescribe Ivermectin: here and here.

NIH Revises Treatment Guidelines for Ivermectin for the Treatment of COVID-19

The NIH Site for assessing “Antiviral Therapies”

COVID-19 — Vaccines:

Short video + numerous citations: Physician Destroys the COVID-19 Narrative

A Letter to the Unvaccinated

COVID Vaccine Mandates Strongly Opposed as Vaccine Failures Increase

What will segregated society look like for the unvaxxed?

Americans Attacked Using Two Political Bio-Weapons

Survey: Americans with doctorates are least likely to get coronavirus vaccines

Summary: Moderna Short-Term mRNA Injection Efficacy & Safety Data

Summary: Pfizer Short-Term mRNA Injection Efficacy & Safety Data

Summary: Johnson & Johnson Short-Term mRNA Injection Efficacy & Safety Data

Senior Vaccinologist Outlines Futility of Trying to Stop COVID Variants w Vaccines

Leaked Documents Reveal Pfizer Does Not Mandate Vaccines For Its Employees

World-class immunologist explains why the COVID vax is unnecessary

Up To 62% mRNA Vaccinated Show Evidence Of Blood Clotting

Vaccine Expert Calls For “Immediate Halt” To Vaccinations

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

The smear campaign against the Great Barrington Declaration

COVID Fatalities: Age Demographics

CDC is Misrepresenting Data on Pregnant Women and COVID Vaccines

Report: Do Masks Work?

COVID-19 — Misc:

Report: Scientific Observations about the Medical Establishment’s Handling of COVID-19

Mass Psychosis: How to Create a Pandemic of Mental Illness

Medical Professional speaks about COVID-19 to School Board

Short video: Dr. Roger Hodkinson — It’s all been a pack of lies

COVID was a dress rehearsal for global climate change

Judge Napolitano: Do we still have the Constitution?

When Employers Practice Government Tyranny

Working-from-Home Bureaucracy

After keeping kids inside, experts discover the health benefits of fresh air

Greed Energy Economics:

Burning Cash: Offshore Wind More Than Six Times Cost of Gas Power

The true cost of net zero

Wind Energy:

Chinese Communist Buys Large Texas Parcel, Alarming Lawmakers

Wind Operator Faces Liability for $Millions in Damages to Noise Victims

Wind delusions pose national security risk

Another Peak Demand Hour and Wind is Missing

Feds See Offshore Turbines as a Mixed Bag

Solar Energy:

Solar Facilities Spark Civil War in Virginia

Low-Density Intermittent Energy isn’t Renewable

The Costs Of A Solar-Powered Grid Without Fossil Fuel Back-up

Exploding birds on solar farms not a myth after all

Escalating U.S.-China Solar Rift Threatens Biden Green Goals

Fossil Fuel Energy:

The Left’s Long March Tramples Rotary

Fossil Fuels Are the Key To Raising Quality of Life for All

Newspeak Doesn’t Change the Fact Natural Gas Is Still Natural

Short video: Hijacking Natural Gas #1

Asia’s fossil fuel plans oblivious to UN’s climate scare

Asia coal demand surge in stark contrast with U.N. climate warning

Misc Energy:

With Latest Climate Change Report, Now Is Time for Nuclear Energy

Excellent: NY Republicans Call For Renewable Energy Study

The Disaster of Green Energy

Biden Admits Green New Deal Is a Dream

The World Will Run Out Of EV Batteries By 2025

Manmade Global Warming — New IPCC Report:

New IPCC Report: AR6 Climate Change 2021

The IPCC’s attribution methodology is fundamentally flawed

Dr. Patrick Michaels: Observations Concerning the Newest IPCC Report

Dr. Judith Curry: IPCC AR6 WG1 discussion thread

UN Climate Report Reveals the Crisis Is About Truth, Not Climate

Don’t buy the latest climate-change alarmism

Climate Change Brings a Flood of Hyperbole

IPCC confirms that climate policies have failed: It’s time to do something different

New IPCC report provides little objective basis for policymaking

UN Climate Panel Continues Decades-Long Climate Fear Porn Tradition

The IPCC’s Latest Climate Report is Anti-Science and Anti-Human: Reject It

The UN’s ‘code red’ on climate change

The UN IPCC science panel opts for extreme nuttiness

IPCC’s Banishing fossil fuels would place most of the world at risk
The IPCCs deliberate CO2 deception

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

Extreme Fraud At NOAA

Which data show that humans, CO2, and fossil fuels cause global warming?

Why RGGI is a “solution in search of a problem

New Confirmation that Climate Models Overstate Atmospheric Warming

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Now? Here’s a Reality Check

No, CBS News, Global Warming Did Not Create Taliban Victory

Biden Climate Change Policy a ‘House of Cards’

The problem with climate change politics

US Election — HR4:

H.R. 4—The Pelosi Power Grab Act

Dems plot last-ditch voting rights push as midterm clock ticks

Heritage: HR 4 Would Make It Easier to Commit Election FraudFreedomWorks Statement in Response to the Introduction of H.R. 4

Congressional Report: States’ Primary Constitutional Authority Over Elections

ALG to Congress: Reject Democrat Election Takeover Act II

H.R.4 is Another Democrat Attempt to Undermine States

60 Seconds: H.R. 4 And Federal Pre-Clearance

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

Report confirms 2020 abuses and RNC deploys ‘year-round’ election integrity unit

Report: Yes, the 2020 election was stolen

Election Analysis by Seth Keshel

Elections Need Meaningful Audits

Report: Nearly 15 Million Mail Ballots Went Unaccounted for in 2020 Election

Watch Some Highlights From Lindell’s Cyber Symposium

US Election — Arizona:

Arizona AG Investigates Maricopa County After They Fail To Submit Crucial Info

Arizona Audit: Eyewitness Testimony of the Power of God at Work

US Election — Georgia:

Georgia Voting Official Makes Excuses For Residents Who Illegally Voted in 2020

Georgia ballots rejected by machines were later altered by election workers

Fulton County Registration Chief Ralph Jones resigns

Two Truths and a Lie: Georgia’s Election Integrity Law

US Election — Other State Issues:

Analysis on 5 PA Counties shows Enough Fraudulent Ballots to Flip the State to Trump

Texas Senate Passes Bill in Favor of Forensic Audit

US Politics and Socialism:

Short Video: Colorado Springs father denounces critical race theory

Biden’s Cloward-Piven Immigration Agenda

Woke Politics Destroyed the Marine Corps I Knew

Medicine Is Getting Major Injections of Woke Ideology

Short video: Some Black Leaders discuss the benefits of the NRA

The Climate Leadership Council ‘Suspends’ ExxonMobil

What happened to ‘Yes we can’? Politics of victimhood has replaced optimism

Other US Politics and Related:

Short video: 10 Dumb Ways Our Government Spent Your Money!

Archive: The Intellectual Yet Idiot

Our Decaying Civilization

One of Google’s Top Engineers Reveals Insider Info

FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol disturbance was coordinated

Religion Related:

How Cultural Marxists In Our Midst Are Grinding Christianity Down

Guided by Faith, Divinity Student Fought His ‘Anti-Racist’ Seminary, and Won

Education Related:

Progressivism Surges Through America’s Law Schools

The Fight over Critical Race Theory in Education: A Fight for Our National Survival

Science and Misc Matters:

An Innovative Solution to the Failures of Peer Review

Science Journal Demands “Hate Crime” Laws to Shield Scientists from Public Criticism

Scientific Misconduct by the US Nat’l Academy of Sciences: Dr. Edward Calabrese

Beware approval of marijuana dispensaries

Famous Einstein equation used to create matter from light for first time

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AWED: The Media Balanced Newsletter on Energy, Science and the Environment

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

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COVID-19 — Special Reports:

Short superior video: A clear counter-argument to getting the “vaccine”

Excellent: COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Really Work as Hoped

Very worthwhile: Plague Rats

Our Report: How the Medical Establishment Dropped the Ball re COVID-19

COVID-19 — Therapies:

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early. Analysis of 61 studies

Double-blind study: Ivermectin reduces COVID-19’s duration and infectiousness

COVID: 90% of patients treated with new Israeli drug discharged in 5 days

COVID-19 — Vaccines:

COVID-19 Natural Immunity vs Vaccine Induced Immunity Guide

The Vaccine Causes The Virus To Be More Dangerous

COVID Outbreak On Carnival Cruise Despite ALL ABOARD Jabbed

CDC study shows 74% of people infected in MA Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated

Over 25% of COVID-19 cases in LA are fully vaccinated people

Are Vaccines Driving the Surge in New COVID Infections?

Poll: Most unvaccinated Americans believe vaccine riskier than virus

Kaiser Poll Shows It’s Not Republicans Who Are COVID Vaccine Resisters

Biden’s Vaccine Push: A Mandate with Destiny

Study: First postmortem study in a patient vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2

Document Reveals ‘Shocking’ Terms of Pfizer’s International Vaccine Agreements

Experts Warn of Increased Risks of Infertility, Death after COVID Vaccines

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

FDA Issues Recall for Defective COVID Tests Made by ‘World’s Largest Mfg’

Which masks protect against delta COVID-19 variant?

NYT: CDC Statistic is a Huge Exaggeration

Study finds unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide in kids wearing face masks

Johns Hopkins Study Found Zero COVID Deaths Among Healthy Kids

Startling Discovery Suggests 40% of US Wild Deer have had the Coronavirus

COVID-19 — Misc:

Tucker Carlson: This isn’t about the science, here’s proof

‘CDC Has Destroyed Their Credibility’

The COVID Lies: Who is Behind them and What They Want

How a Psychic Healer Convinced the Gov’t to Fund “Long Covid” Research

Why Did the WHO Alter Its Definition of “Herd Immunity?”

The coming Delta lockdown is designed to invoke nationwide protests…

China seals city as its worst virus outbreak in a year grows

Short video: Walkout Wednesday (Noon: August 11th)

The Nuremberg Code

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Michigan denies permit for wind project over wildlife concerns

Renewables: Oh, the Waste!

Turbine noise goes on trial (in Australia)

Tesla big battery fire in Victoria under control after burning more than three days

Offshore Wind Turbine Noise Raises Concerns About Marine Life

Wind Energy:

Bradford (PA) says no to wind turbines

The Big Battery Myth: Why Battery Storage Can’t Save Intermittent Wind & Solar

‘I can see our industry disappearing’: US fishermen sound alarm at offshore wind

Offshore Wind Fight Shifts to NY Bight as Scallop Industry Calls for Changes

Sorry, But Those Wind and Solar Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

The Block Island wind project has largely shut down

North Dakota regulators order removal of wind turbine too close to residence

Solar Energy:

Major Report: Overview of Solar Energy Concerns

Behind The Rise Of U.S. Solar Power, A Mountain of Chinese Coal

Solar Framing Is A Problem No Matter How One Interprets It

TV Report: Home Solar Panel Pitfalls

True solar farmers sound alarm on ‘green energy’ panels

Nuclear Energy:

Short worthwhile video: The Green Atom

Company searching for ‘Holy Grail’ of energy

State, federal efforts “too late to save Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants”

Fossil Fuel Energy:

Why Does Biden Want to Kill Our Oil and Gas?

If Coal Is Dead, Then Why Are Ships So Full Of It?

US DOE Drops $52.5 Million Green Hydrogen Bomb On Natural Gas

U.S. Interior secretary accused of defying federal judge’s oil lease ruling

Misc Energy:

Clean electricity standard would have ‘cataclysmic’ impact on state economies

RGGI is but the Classic “Solution in Search of a Problem”

Going Green Relies Heavily On Chinese Slave Labor

Germany’s Green Energy Shift Is More Fizzle Than Sizzle

The hydrogen economy is about to get weird

Energy CEO claims iron-air battery can “fully retire thermal assets”

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

Report debunking the IPCC

How Climate Scenarios Lost Touch With Reality

Can we trust the climate scientists?

Bjorn Lomborg: The truth about extreme weather events

How Climate Scenarios Lost Touch With Reality

To Advance the Climate Agenda: Never Waste Bad Weather

Climate Change Doesn’t Cause All Disasters

The Greens threaten us with floods but fail to protect against them

IPCC’s Gold-Standard Temp Data: Last 7.25 Years World Has Been Cooling

Is the Earth Actually Getting Hotter?

Michael Mann’s Lawsuit Stumbles On

Study: Three Americans create enough carbon emissions to kill one person

Video: Claims carbon dioxide is destroying the planet are ‘antiscientific

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

Biden’s 30×30 Land Grab

Climate scientists prepare to clamp down on the world’s freedoms

Climate Scientist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will Be Cold

Could Pacific NW Heat Wave, European Floods Have Been Caused by the Sun?

Earth’s interior is swallowing up more carbon than thought

Climate hyperbolists are finding the pandemic stole their thunder

CA Climate Initiative Support Drops Like Rock

Comments On Federal Scientific Integrity

China, India ignore UN deadline to update emissions targets in COP26 warning shot

Gratitude for CO2: It Continues to Feed the World

COP26 summit ‘too big’ to happen in person, warns climate change negotiator

ClimateClips.com: A collection of good short videos about climate

Short video: Floods, Heat Waves and an Ice Age

Video: Studying Sunspot Activity Cycles: Hindcasting and Forecasting

China rolls back climate policy, reopens closed coal mines as power demand surges

A climate test showing 70 % error in the calculated 2019 temperature

US Election:

Biden AG Threatens Prison Time for Anyone Organizing “Election Forensic Audits”

Gen. Flynn: 10 Indisputable Facts on the 2020 Election that Argue for Audits

10 Reasons to Question the Election

A.U.D.I.T. of Elections: Shock and Awe or Calm Before the Storm?

Evidence to be Presented to Citizens Grand Jury of Interstate Election Conspiracy

Justice Dept’s Guidance on Statutes Regarding Voting Methods and Audits

Majority vote ‘No’ on Democratic plan to federalize elections

HR4 – The Pelosi Power Grab Act

US Election — Arizona:

A.U.D.I.T. of Elections: Grassroots Pressure Begins to Pay Off

AZ Audit Update w AZ GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward, July 28, 2021

Maricopa: What happened to 443K excess ballots?

Senator Fann Explains Path to Decertification of 2020 Election Results

Arizona Senate liaison granted ‘full access’ to Maricopa audit

US Election — Other State Issues:

More votes counted than cast in Nevada 2020 General Election

Pulitzer Says He Has Funding for Kinematic Forensic Audit of Michigan

Trump Victory Margin in Michigan at 373,000 Votes

Zuckerberg-Funded Nonprofit Paid $11.8 Million to MI Dem Consulting Firms

PA County Declines Election Audit Without New Voting Machines

Texas Dems to huddle with Clintons, Abrams as they bid to regain momentum

US Politics and Socialism:

Nothing Is Ever As It Appears In China: Military Intimidation

The Jan. 6th Show Trials Threaten All of Us

GOP Reps Denied Entry to Prison Where Jan. 6 Prisoners Being Held

The Mayor: Police Protection for Me, not for Thee

Parents Defy “No National Anthem” at Softball Game

Why I Am Deleting All Content After 48 Hours

US Infrastructure Bill:

Just Say “NO” To This Corrupt Phony Infrastructure Bill!

Wharton School Analysis Destroys Budget Claim Underlying New Infrastructure Bill

Infrastructure Bill Contains Mileage Tax – Goal Is Make It Too Expensive To Drive

Other US Politics and Related:

Biden Follows Biles Example, and Quits Presidency to Focus on Mental Health

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A Conservative Plan to Replace the Progressive Welfare State in 2024

Report of Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Harassment of Gov CuomoRacial Reckoning, Ignores Democratic Party Racism

Let’s not Force America’s Daughters to Register for the Draft

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Gender Ideology Run Amok

How Science Becomes Religion

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Academia’s hostility to intellectual diversity suffers a courtroom setback

Archive: Revolutionizing our K-12 Education System

Why Private Schools Have Gone Woke

Communism Overtakes Union-Controlled Government Schools

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The Tyranny of Consensus Thinking

3 near-term tech advances that could change the future

Archive: The Birth of Experimental Science

Does the Biden Administration Understand Inflation?

Strawman Arguments: What They Are and How to Counter Them


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‘Biden’ Administration Surrenders to Germany on Russian Gas Pipeline

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Biden Administration “Surrenders” to Germany on Russian Gas Pipeline

By Soeren Kern, August 4, 2021:

  • “The willingness of the administration to make decisions of this magnitude without consulting the countries most exposed will not be lost on other parts of the world. Jerusalem and Riyadh, for example, are no doubt already strategizing around the potential of facing a surprise similar to the one that Washington just delivered to Warsaw and Kyiv.” — Kiron Skinner and Russell Berman, Foreign Policy, July 26, 2021.
  • “The lesson learned by Germany is that it can pursue its own inclinations of doing business with dictators regardless of principles and with no consequences from Washington. More dangerously, the lesson for Moscow and Beijing is that sanctions for international aggression will never be sustained for very long. The Biden administration has made the fragile international order even less secure.” — Kiron Skinner and Russell Berman, Foreign Policy, July 26, 2021.
  • “The project creates conditions for Russia’s escalation of military aggression against Ukraine, as well as the continuation of a hybrid war against the EU and NATO…. This Russian pipeline threatens the national security not only of Ukraine, but also of all of Europe.” — Ukrainian Parliament, July 21, 2021.
  • “The U.S.-German deal is embarrassingly weak. It relies on a vague assurance that after Putin ramps up the blackmail enabled by the deal, Germany will take unspecified actions in response…. Overall, Biden handed Putin the biggest gift he’s received in years. He also signaled to Putin that when push comes to shove, the American president is weak and will bow to political pressure.” — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Washington Examiner, July 22, 2021.
  • “Remarkably, Washington agreed to end its opposition to the project without any recognizable benefit in exchange: Merkel has neither promised increased engagement for NATO nor more clarity about China. The compromise between Biden and Merkel is not a compromise at all, but an American capitulation.” — Robin Alexander, Die Welt, July 21, 2021.
  • The Biden administration has reached an agreement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that allows for the completion of a controversial natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

The July 21 deal to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would double shipments of Russian natural gas to Germany by transporting the gas under the Baltic Sea, has angered the leaders of many countries in Eastern and Western Europe; they argue that it will effectively give Moscow a stranglehold over European gas supplies and open the continent to Russian blackmail.

Both the Obama and Trump administrations steadfastly opposed the pipeline on the grounds that, once completed, it would strengthen Russian President Vladimir Putin’s economic and political influence over Europe.

The Trump administration was especially critical of the pipeline because it will funnel billions of dollars to Russia at a time that Germany is free-riding on the U.S. defense umbrella that protects Germany from that same Russia.

The Biden administration’s abrupt reversal of long-standing bipartisan policy consensus has baffled observers from across the political aisle. Just one day before the Biden-Merkel deal was announced, State Department Spokesman Ned Price criticized the pipeline as a “Kremlin geopolitical project that is intended to expand Russia’s influence over Europe’s energy resources and to circumvent Ukraine.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki previously asserted that the Biden administration “continues to believe that Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal for Europe.”

The Biden administration has not explained why or how completion of the pipeline will promote American or European strategic interests. Geopolitical analysts on both sides of the Atlantic say that the pipeline deal will: 1) weaken American and strengthen Russian influence in Europe; 2) heighten divisions between the Eastern and Western European members of the European Union; 3) push some of the EU’s eastern periphery closer to China; 4) deprive Ukraine of the transit fees it now collects on gas pumped through an existing pipeline and thereby undermine Kiev’s struggle against Russian aggression; and 5) allow President Putin to strong-arm Germany and the European Union by turning off deliveries of natural gas whenever he wants.

The Biden-Merkel agreement will avert the resumption of sanctions that the U.S. Congress has mandated against Nord Stream 2 AG and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig, an ally of Putin. President Joe Biden waived those sanctions in May because, he said, they were “counter-productive” to U.S.-German relations. In exchange, Merkel, whose final term in office ends in September, offered only vague promises to protect Europe from potential Russian threats.

U.S. sanctions delayed completion of the 1,230-km (764-mile) pipeline by more than a year and added at least $1 billion to its cost. The €9.5 billion ($11.5 billion) project, which is 90% complete, was initially slated to become operational at the end of 2019, but was delayed after several key participants were threatened with U.S. sanctions and bailed out. As a result of the Biden-Merkel deal, Nord Stream 2 is now expected to be completed by the end of August 2021.

REACTIONS TO THE BIDEN-MERKEL DEAL

In an essay published by Foreign Policy, policy analysts Kiron Skinner and Russell Berman, wrote that by “surrendering” to Merkel on Nord Stream 2, Biden abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure:

“Bipartisan opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was a cornerstone of the foreign policies of both the Obama and Trump administrations, an unambiguous response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin’s record of using gas deliveries as a weapon of coercion in Eastern Europe. The recent decision by the Biden administration to reverse the policy of its predecessors and to refrain from sanctioning participants in the pipeline project is nothing but a capitulation to pressure from Germany and a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The damage to American national interest will be profound….

“The willingness of the administration to make decisions of this magnitude without consulting the countries most exposed will not be lost on other parts of the world. Jerusalem and Riyadh, for example, are no doubt already strategizing around the potential of facing a surprise similar to the one that Washington just delivered to Warsaw and Kyiv….

“The lesson learned by Germany is that it can pursue its own inclinations of doing business with dictators regardless of principles and with no consequences from Washington. More dangerously, the lesson for Moscow and Beijing is that sanctions for international aggression will never be sustained for very long. The Biden administration has made the fragile international order even less secure.”

In a joint statement, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that the Biden-Merkel deal “has created political, military and energy threats for Ukraine and Central Europe, while increasing Russia’s potential to destabilize the security situation in Europe, perpetuating divisions among NATO and European Union member states.”

The Ukrainian Parliament, in a two-page statement, said:

“Nord Stream 2 is a purely geopolitical project aimed at making Europe dependent on the Russian gas monopoly. Moscow is implementing this project with a view to exacerbating and strengthening discordances within the democratic and European communities. The Nord Stream 2 project is also a tool for projecting the military force of the Russian Federation against NATO countries in Russia’s priority, the Baltic Sea….

“The project creates conditions for Russia’s escalation of military aggression against Ukraine, as well as the continuation of a hybrid war against the EU and NATO. The commissioning of the pipeline will remove Ukraine’s important lever to contain Russia, making it vulnerable to the Kremlin’s anti-democratic and anti-reformist vision of Ukraine. This Russian pipeline threatens the national security not only of Ukraine, but also of all of Europe.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a fierce opponent of the pipeline, described the Biden-Merkel deal as “catastrophic” for U.S. strategic interests. In an opinion article published by the Washington Examiner, Cruz wrote:

“This decision is a total surrender to Putin. It is a multibillion-dollar gift that will keep on giving in perpetuity at the expense of the United States and our allies. It is a generational geopolitical mistake. Russian dictators, decades from now, will be reaping billions of dollars every year from President Joe Biden’s gift….

“The U.S.-German deal is embarrassingly weak. It relies on a vague assurance that after Putin ramps up the blackmail enabled by the deal, Germany will take unspecified actions in response. When asked for details of what such actions might be, the White House says it doesn’t want to specify because doing so would benefit Putin. Again, embarrassing.

“Overall, Biden handed Putin the biggest gift he’s received in years. He also signaled to Putin that when push comes to shove, the American president is weak and will bow to political pressure.”

European affairs columnist Wolfgang Münchau noted that the political cost of the U.S.-German deal on Nord Stream 2 will vastly exceed its commercial benefits:

“The Baltic States and Poland, as well as Ukraine, see the pipeline as a massive violation of their own security interests. The first consequence will be a strategic alliance between Poland and China. That has already started. China is the only security option left for Poland, as Russia and Germany are building a political axis that leaves Poland in the lurch — now with US support. As a sheer by-product, any attempt by the EU to forge a closer and common foreign security policy is doomed now….

“Biden and his foreign policy team believe, wrongly in my view, that they can co-opt Germany into their China strategy. They will discover that the candidate most likely to succeed Angela Merkel is even more of a mercantilist than she is. Armin Laschet stands in the tradition of German corporatism.”

Robin Alexander, columnist for the German newspaper Die Weltnoted:

“Remarkably, Washington agreed to end its opposition to the project without any recognizable benefit in exchange: Merkel has neither promised increased engagement for NATO nor more clarity about China. The compromise between Biden and Merkel is not a compromise at all, but an American capitulation.”

Veteran geopolitical analyst Andrew Michta warned that America’s capitulation on Nord Stream 2 will “redefine” Europe for years to come:

“The strategic myopia of the NS2 decision is disheartening, for it shows our inability to learn from Europe’s evolution over the past three decades. The stunning transformation of post-communist Europe after 1990 was possible not only because of the powerful appeal of democracy and markets, but above all because Russia was literally expelled from the region. It was that factor above all others that allowed for NATO and then EU enlargement to the East, thereby creating the conditions that transformed Central Europe from a hyperinflation-ridden economic basket case into the most rapidly growing part of the European Union. National security and state sovereignty were the sine qua non of the successful transformation of post-communist Central Europe. Furthermore, the emergence of Belarus and Ukraine alongside the Russian Federation offered the greatest opportunity to date for Russia itself to break out of the imperial cycle. So long as the sovereignty of Belarus and Ukraine were preserved, there would be no back-to-empire pathway for Moscow, with the Russian Federation having at least a shot at becoming a ‘normal’ nation-state….

“In light of the NS2 deal and what it signifies in geostrategic terms, Ukraine’s continued independence has been put further in question, while Belarus is no longer in a position to charter an even quasi-independent course of Russia, making a regional solution to the security equation in the region that favors NATO all but unattainable. And if Putin completes the process of re-assembling the Russian imperial core, his armor and missile installations will be right at NATO’s Eastern border.

“As one surveys Europe’s recent history, there are only a few policy decisions that in hindsight deserve to be called transformative, for they set in motion developments that would shape power relationships between states for years to come. We have not yet seen the full impact of the NS2 deal, but arguably the consequences of the US-German agreement will reverberate across Europe for years to come.”

A BRIEF HISTORY OF NORD STREAM 2

Nord Stream 2 is led by Russia’s Gazprom, with half of the funding provided by Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall, the Anglo-Dutch company Shell, Austria’s OMV and France’s Engie.

Despite the multinational participation, the pipeline is essentially a German-Russian project promoted from its inception by Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which, even during the Cold War, viewed closer economic ties with Russia to defuse East-West tensions.

Germany’s former SPD chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, a confidant of President Putin, has been Europe’s leading proponent of the pipeline. Schröder, who led Germany between 1998 and 2005, has been the Chairman of Shareholders’ Committee of Nord Stream since 2006. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer. He has used his connections in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to lobby for both Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.

In 2017, when Nord Stream was suffering from several serious setbacks, the former SPD leader and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel revived the project, as did his successor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is now Germany’s president.

Germany’s current Social Democratic Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, has criticized U.S. sanctions as foreign interference: “Decisions on European energy policy are made in Europe, not the USA. We fundamentally reject foreign interventions and sanctions with extraterritorial effects.”

Europe is, in fact, deeply divided over the Nord Stream project and Germany is in the minority position. Russia is the largest supplier of natural gas to the EU, according to Eurostat. Just over 40% of EU imports of natural gas come from Russia, followed by Norway (at around 35%). Nord Stream 2, when combined with the existing Nord Stream 1, would concentrate 80% of the EU’s Russian-imported gas along that pipeline route.

Germany’s Nordic, Baltic and Eastern European neighbors have accused Berlin of ignoring their concerns that the pipeline is a threat to Europe’s energy security and that it will strengthen Gazprom’s already dominant position on the market.

In March 2016, the leaders of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, in a letter to the European Commission, warned that Nord Stream 2 would pose “risks for energy security in the region of central and eastern Europe” and generate “potentially destabilizing geopolitical consequences.”

A report by the Swedish Defense Research Agency found that Russia has threatened to cut energy supplies to Central and Eastern European more than 50 times. Even after some of those states joined the European Union, Russian threats continued.

In December 2018, the European Parliament, by a vote of 433 to 105, condemned Nord Stream 2 as “a political project that poses a threat to European energy security.” It called for the project to be cancelled.

Nord Stream 2 should have been operational at the end of 2019, but the project was delayed after applications to lay pipes under Danish waters were left pending since April 2017. Nord Stream Chairman Gerhard Schroeder blamed U.S. political pressure on Denmark as the main reason for the delay in approving the permits. “Denmark is putting Europe’s energy security at risk,” he said.

After Denmark’s Social Democratic Party won the Danish general elections in June 2019, the new government removed the last major hurdle to complete the Russian-led project. In October 2019, the Danish Energy Agency approved a permit for Nord Stream to lay pipes in a 147-km section in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) southeast of Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea.

In August 2020, after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union, Chancellor Merkel faced intense pressure to pull out of the pipeline project. Merkel said that the two issues should be “decoupled.” The Biden administration, apparently, agrees with Merkel on rewarding dictators and human rights violators with multibillion dollar business deals.

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