Millions in Africa Being Sacrificed to Extreme Poverty, Premature Death on Altar of ‘Green Energy’

Obama-era policies that favor so-called green energy over coal-fired electricity are dooming millions of Africans to lives of extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and increased risk of early death, according to a new analysis by the CO2 Coalition.

The study by the Arlington, Virginia-based coalition of 60 climate scientists and energy engineers contends that inadequate access to electricity is one of the key reasons for Africa’s grinding poverty.

Economic growth in a competitive, global market requires reliable, universal electrification. Without sufficient electricity for heating and cooking, Africans are exposed to high levels of indoor pollution from dirty fuels, the world’s greatest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization.

Globally, the WHO estimates that 3 billion people still cook and heat and illuminate their homes with solid fuels—wood, charcoal, and dried animal dung.


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The poisons and particulate matter from burning solid fuels kill almost 4 million people a year from pneumonia, heart disease, pulmonary disease, stroke, lung cancer, and a variety of impaired immunities. Half of pneumonia deaths in children under age 5 are from soot in the house.

UNICEF estimates that the African share of those 4 million untimely deaths is 400,000.

Dangerous levels of indoor air pollution are almost guaranteed for families without access to electricity.

They also report that 352 million African children live in homes with solid-fuel cooking. Millions of women and children continue to walk many miles a day to gather not just water, but also wood for indoor burning, adding to deforestation.

The illnesses, deaths, and misery that are the result of energy poverty in Africa are improving only slowly compared with the rest of the world.

In 1960, those living in China and sub-Saharan Africa had a nearly equal life expectancy, 44 years. Today, China is at 77, which is only slightly less than the U.S. figure of 79. Regrettably, the African average is 61, better than it was 60 years ago, but still lagging behind much of the rest of the world.

According to the new research, that means that the 1 billion sub-Saharan Africans have a combined loss of 16 billion years of life compared with the Chinese.

Extreme generational poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is endemic, with 41% of the population living in absolute poverty, defined by the World Bank as an income of less than $1.40 per day.

A lack of access to reliable electricity is one of the primary reasons for this lack of economic growth.

Even in electrified areas of Africa, access is not reliable, since the grid is often down, sometimes on a daily basis.

That has led to a “dieselization” of the continent in recent decades. Soot-spewing diesel-fueled backup generators are in place for homes of the wealthy, factories, and government buildings. The reliance on this dirty source of power is so great that it’s estimated that many African nations spend more on diesel generation than on the electricity grid itself.

Is the answer to this energy poverty a complete reliance on wind and solar power? Not at all, as the unreliability of renewables would mean even more blackouts and brownouts, leading to even more “dieselization.”

The solution for providing dependable, affordable electricity may lie beneath the Africans’ feet in the form of cheap, abundant coal reserves that could be developed using American clean coal technology.

South Africa controls nearly 70% of the continent’s reserves, but substantial coal deposits are also found in East Africa and in the Sahel of West Africa. More than 100 new coal-fired plants are on the drawing board in 11 African nations, and almost half of those are being financed and built by China.

In spite of Africa’s deadly health crisis, the World Bank now bars lending to maintain or build new coal-fired power plants. Instead, it is lending to countries to assist them in closing mines and replacing the existing power plants with renewables.

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank’s president, “Coal is the past, and renewable energy is the future.” He added: “There’s a reason God gave Africa sunlight.”

But that’s exactly the wrong formula.

No matter who sits in the Oval Office after Jan. 20, the president should consider rolling back the restrictions on African energy development to improve the lives of millions of our African brothers and sisters.

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Gregory Wrightstone, a member of the CO2 Coalition, is a geologist and the author of “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.”

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VIDEO: John Stossel discusses film Climate Hustle 2

John Stossel posted a great video with extensive excerpts from CFACT’s feature move Climate Hustle 2: Rise of the Climate Monarchy.

Watch Stossel:

Stossel interviews CFACT’s Marc Morano and asks him about the climate campaign’s insatiable appetite for power.

Stossel: Your movie suggests this world government conspiracy, that they want to rule us. But I think they are genuinely concerned and they want to save us. 
Morano: Their vision of saving us is putting them in charge. 
Stossel: And if they’re in charge says the movie, they will destroy capitalism.
Guardian columnist George Monbiot: We’ve got to go straight to the heart of capitalism and overthrow it.

The opponents of free markets and free minds have long seized upon climate change to boost their radical agenda.  Climate Hustle 2 presents an ironclad case.

John Stossel did a great job on his video.  There’s much more, take a look.

Yesterday’s Washington Times called CFACT’s Climate Depot, the website Marc Morano manages, “an astute website which tracks climate, political and culture-related aberrations around the world.”

CFACT continually educates the public with news, commentary and analysis.  We’re proud to have created this latest feature film.

Have you watched Climate Hustle 2 yet?

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US National Elections

The Clown In The White House

Up to $1M Reward for Voter Fraud Whistleblowers

Video: Why Scott Adams of Dilbert Fame Says Trump Wins

Wait Just a Minute! Some Very Good News May Be Coming

Short video: Jon Voight —Fighting the Lie that Biden Won

Most pollsters failed on a spectacular scale

Election 2020 showed Republicans that it pays to be bold

Why the Left Lost the US Election

Will Trump Ride Off Into The Sunset?

New Poll Questions What Americans Believe about the Election

US National Elections: Likely Malfeasance

Evidence of Voter Fraud in the 2020 US Presidential Election

How Might Election Fraud Get Litigated?

Quantifying 2020 Illegal Votes Cast by Non-Citizens in Swing States

Scientist Finds Telltale Signs Of Election Fraud

WSJ: Harvesting The 2020 Election

Trump Win Validated by Quantum Blockchain System Recount of Votes

Short video: Ballot Watermark Sting Operation!

Ten Days of Darkness

Dr. Robert Epstein’s Congressional Testimony re Voter Manipulation

Video: Voter Fraud Compilation

Big Data to the Rescue: The Electoral College Meets Data Pattern Science

Biden Sainthood Considered After He Raised Millions From the Dead on Election Day

US National Elections: Software/Hardware Shenanigans

Whistleblowers From Dominion Have Come Forward

Short Video: Hacking Democracy – The Hack

The Vote-Switching Ghost in the Machine

Alleged “Software Glitches” and “Voter Irregularities” Raise Questions

Hammer’ and ‘Scorecard’ Explained

Short video: Hammer & Scorecard and US Vote Manipulation

Video: Interview with Source on Electronic Vote Fraud

Trump knew there would be voter fraud…

Data deep dive on Dominion Voting Systems offers proof of election hack

List of over 500,000 votes Switched from Trump to Biden

US National Elections: State Issues

How a Philly mob boss stole the election — and why he may flip on Biden

Detroit Sued for Voter Fraud

Election Systems in Michigan County Appeared to Be Connected to Internet

Thousands of WI Voters May Have Circumvented ID Requirement

US 2020: Georgia Election officer admits illegal voting

Mathematical Evidence the Election is Being Stolen

“Operation Scorecard” CIA-run vote theft software was running in EVERY swing state

Short video: Trump Votes Found in the Trash

Out-of-State Vehicles Brought Thousands of Unsealed Ballots to Michigan

PA Election Analysis: HUGE Anomalies & Indisputable Data

Vote-Fraud Complaints by Attorneys General Cannot be Dismissed

353 Counties have Millions More Registered Voters than People Eligible to Vote

US National Elections: Misleading Media Reports

The Complete Illogic of a Biden Victory

Short video: Beijing On The Potomac

The Vote, The Fraud, The Consequence!

Short video: Levin — Biden’s Call for Unity is a LIE

US Politics and Socialism

Short video: Capitalism vs. Socialism

Short video: Defining Liberty

Short video: Rowan Atkinson on free speech

Racing Down the Socialist Road with Joe Biden

Class Conflict Will Cripple the Democrats

Radical ’Heroes Act’ Is a Leftist Wish-List

How Fascism Has Converged With Capitalism to Redefine Government

Other US Politics and Related

CA Leaders Are Wrong to Fault the Trump Administration on Wildfires

Short video: Why Black Lives Matter

Video: The Depth of the Swamp

Where Did ‘Cancel Culture’ Come From?

Short video: Ronald Reagan’s Interview by Johnny Carson

COVID-19: Therapies

20 HCQ positive studies of early treatment: NONE were negative

A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment

COVID-19 Update Illness Day 7 Treatment

The Strange and Twisted Tale of HCQ

From a professor of pharmacy at U of Toronto

COVID-19: Models and Data

Authors Retract Study Showing Efficacy of Mask Mandates

CDC Data Suggest Lockdowns Could Kill As Many People As COVID

The Facts on Andrew Cuomo’s Nursing Home Policy

Gates Conflict Of Interest In Pandemic Protocols

In Unprecedented Move CDC Stops Tracking Influenza for 2020-21

COVID-19: Misc

COVID Has Led to a Constitutional ’Stress Test’ for Religious Freedom

Why Would Media Frighten People About a Virus?

Will Anti-Lockdown Sentiments Spur The Next Populist Revolt?

This Doctor has COVID. He has a plan, for all of us.

Judge slaps down Gov. Newsom’s unconstitutional COVID lockdowns

Wind Energy: Offshore

First US offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

Icebreaker offshore wind project faces more obstacles

Wind Energy

Fuel and CO2 Reductions due to wind energy, less than claimed

The Myth of Glorious Renewables

The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’

Carbon footprint of wind projects bigger than you think

Dutch Climate Refugees Fleeing ‘Unbearably Noisy’ Wind Turbines

Podcast: Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears

Solar Energy

China’s human rights abuses may threaten U.S. solar

Are counties taking the lead in solar plant pushback?

Large NY Solar Project Brings Out Concerns

Nuclear Energy

Bill Gates’ Nuclear Option

Trusted and ready — the CFPP is a success in the making 

Fossil Fuel Energy

US Chamber of Commerce: 19 Million Jobs Lost if Fracking is Banned

Trump Signs Order to Protect Fracking Industry

Natural gas will not be eclipsed by renewables

How would life without fossil fuels impact society?

Burket-Geneseo Shale: The Next Super Giant?

Short video: Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing

New-tech Coal-fired Electricity for Africa: Clean Air, Indoors and Out

Misc Energy

The Hydrogen Illusion

The Green New Deal Can’t Break The Laws Of Physics

Geothermal energy is poised for a big breakout

Unlimited, on-demand renewable energy anywhere in the world

World and US Total Energy Consumption

Dr. Schernikau’s Future of Energy Presentation

FERC Pushes Carbon Taxes

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

Study suggests no more CO2 warming

Meet Climate Scientists Social Media Censors Don’t Want You to Know

CLINTEL challenges McKinseys climate alarmism

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

EU environment ministers strike deal on climate law, leave out 2030 target

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Decline

Study: Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming

Biden: Climate Change Is ‘The Number One Issue For Me’

Report: Climate Reregulation in a Biden Administration

Study: IPCC Cover-up of Sun’s Obvious Control of Climate

Education Related

Who Says Academia Isn’t Awash in Liberal Bias?

Unifying the Country Starts with the Education System

Science and Misc Matters

Science Nazis Demand Obedience To Their Political Agenda

11 Ways to #SavetheKids

Pearl Harbor Blast Zone

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Three brief overviews about the US elections, so far:

  1. Due likely to God’s intercession, Republicans did FAR better than the media and  pollsters were projecting,
  2. Since the US voting public did not sufficiently cooperate with the plans of the Left, there appears to be a significant amount of shenanigans to keep the President from being reelected, and
  3. It’s now mostly in the hands of lawyers and judges.

If you’ve witnessed election fraud or manipulation, fill out this report

If you’ve witnessed election fraud or manipulation, call these numbers

We have one objective regarding the 2020 US election:

that every legal vote, and only legal votes, are counted.

Here is a cross-section of sample articles that explain some of the details of what is going on:

US National Elections (General):

Statement from the President

The Fight is Now

9 Constructive Things to do Regarding the Election

A Nation Counting on Integrity

A Prayer for the United States

Call in the Quants

Updated: Election Day!

The Ascendancy Of The Basket Cases — 2020 Edition

True The Vote Organization

US National Elections (Politics):

The Horrors That Await if They Get Away With Stealing the Election

Dennis Prager video: The Election – A Divided Nation

The Triumph and Tragedy of Trump

Taking a Closer Look at ‘Fact-Free Journalism’

America is at a tipping point!

Scholars and Writers for Trump

There are myriad reasons why I voted for Donald Trump

A Plea to My Evangelical Friends Supporting Biden

Senior ABC News Reporter Reveals Bosses Spikes Important News

The Fall of the House of Pelosi

Harris accused of promoting Marxism with video on ‘equality vs. equity’

Short video: Do You Understand the Electoral College?

US National Elections — Likely Corruption (General):

Trump’s legal team responds after race is called for Biden

Fractional Magick

Intelligence Expert Claims 2020 Election was a ‘Sophisticated Sting Operation’

How the most important election in our lifetime was rigged

Democrats are to Blame for Post-Election Hanky-Panky

Video: Sidney Powell re Voter Fraud

And you thought elections were decided by The People?

Votes Changed in Pre-Election Counting Connected to Hammer and Scorecard?

Short video: Steve Bannon “Trump Won the Election”

Short video: Voter Fraud Exposed — Computer Program Hacking

Video: Election Fraud Is a ‘Time-Honored Tradition’ in Dem Cities

Did a Computer Glitch Switch 2.3 million Trump Votes to Biden?

US National Elections — Likely Corruption (State Specific):

America or “Banana Republic”?

USA 2020: Looks like a coup, smells like a coup…

Why Does Biden Have Many More Votes Than Democrat Senators In Swing States?

Two Statistical Curiosities that Allowed Biden to Pull Ahead in PA

Stealing Pennsylvania

Yes, Democrats Are Trying to Steal the Election In Michigan, Wisc, and PA

Wisconsin Voter Irregularity = Likely Fraud

Massive Voter Fraud in Wisconsin

Five Milwaukee wards report 89% turnout in 2020 presidential vote

‘Vertical’ Vote Counts In Michigan, Wisconsin

Math Proves Trump Won

Dems collude with CIA to launch operation that alters voting results in swing states

As we’ve recommended before, please continue to pray about this election, as God can fix anything.

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the principles of America.

PS — We are currently examining the Pennsylvania voting result for statistical anomalies (and have found considerable evidence for that (e.g. see here).

Additionally, the President’s team needs attorneys willing to help with Pennsylvania lawsuits (and likely other key swing states: AZ, WI, MI, GA, NV). If you’d like to assist with either of those actions, or how someone who would, please let me know.

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ALERT: Fascist Anarchists’ group ‘Shut Down D.C.’ targets American Patriots

Fascism

“a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control”


Never in my lifetime have I seen the kinds of hate and violence in American cities that I see today. These even outdo the violent anti-Vietnam War protests that swept our nation in in 1960s.

Groups like BLM, Antifa and now Shut Down D.C. are openly revolting in an attempt to overthrown our governments at every level. We are seeing, in primarily Democrat controlled enclaves such as Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore and many others, violence and destruction the likes of which I have never seen before.

Now this hate and destruction is coming to the “Deep State” located in our nation’s capital.

The ShutDownDC website states:

ShutDownDC uses strategic direct action [riots and violence] to advance [social] justice and hold [Republican] officials accountable. We’re a growing movement and we’re getting ready for an uprising [revolution]. Now’s the time to get involved so we’re ready to hit the streets [riot and destroy]. [Emphasis added]

ShutDownDC is specifically targeting Republican members of Congress:

ShutDownDC is part of the Green New Deal movement. They are the Green Shirts of the Democrat power grab to control American industry via climate regulation and intimidation.

In a 2019 Washington Post column Hannah Natanson titled ‘Shut Down D.C.’: What you need to know about the protests that are creating gridlock in Washington wrote:

A broad coalition of climate activists called “Shut Down D.C.” is blocking streets throughout the nation’s capital during the Monday morning commute to draw attention to climate change.

The protest is timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, at which climate activists and leaders, including 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, are slated to speak. It follows a strike across six continents Friday and a youth conference at the United Nations on Saturday.

The traffic shutdown is meant to send a particular message to D.C.’s powerful political elite, according to Liz Butler, an organizer for Shut Down D.C. and vice president of organizing and strategic allegiances for Friends of the Earth Action.

Read more.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Friends:

Although I’ve said it before, it bears repeating: As citizens, there is likely no more important political matter in our lifetime, than the current US national election!

Abraham Lincoln prophetically warned us that there would be serious threats to America: 1) from major external enemies [e.g. China and Russia], and 2) from divisive internal forces — which he stated were more likely to succeed than #1!

For the rest of the explanation about this special Newsletter, see here.


For US Citizens —


Short video: The Best is Yet to Come

Short video: Life Too Boring 2020

Short video: New Democrat Campaign “Ad”


Energy and Environmental News By Topic


COVID-19

NIH Limiting Early COVID-19 Treatment, a Death Sentence for Many

The COVID Coup

What Trump Has Done to Change Health Care and Help Battle COVID-19

US National Elections

Rasmussen: Trump Approval Among Likely Black Voters Jumps to 46%

Trump Crushes Record for Largest GDP Increase in US History

Last Round-up at the Wokester Corral

The Gaslight Election

Editorial: The Boston Herald endorses Trump

Video: The Town Hall You Never Saw — Trump with Eric Bolling

If Trump Wins, There Must Be a Reckoning for the Destructive Left

China’s Plan to “Revise World Order.” If Biden Wins, They’ll take over the Globe

2020 Presidential Voter Guide

Trump Administration Accomplishments

Other US Politics and Related

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice at White House

Short video: Eric Liu on the Meaning of Patriotism

Short video: The True Meaning of Patriotism

How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World

What are the facts behind Climate Change & the Green New Deal?

Religion Related

Short video: Patriotism vs Nationalism

Four Christian Voting Myths

Christians 2020: Between a Rock and a Polling Place?

America’s Teenagers Are Losing Their Religion

Video: A Pastor’s Rebuke of Christian Quietism

PS — Please pass this onto all US citizens on your contacts lists.

PPS — Please pray that US citizens do some critical thinking about this election…

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Science Nazis Demand Obedience To Their Political Agenda

We’ve seen this before.


Whether the issue is “Climate Change” or ways of dealing with COVID-19 the Radical Left ridicules anyone who would dare to question their positions on critical issues.  They accuse those who question them or their claims of not believing in science.

Consider the Yahoo News report that AOL posted on October 26, 2020, Bill Gates slams Trump’s COVID-19 adviser as  ‘pseudo-expert’ who’s ‘off-the-rails’ which began with this excerpt:

In a new interview, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates sharply criticized the Trump administration for muzzling experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while instead listening to White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, whom Gates calls a pseudo-expert” whooff-the-rails.”

Atlas, a member of the administrations coronavirus task force who formerly appeared as a commentator for Fox News, reportedly opposes an expansion of COVID testing and earlier this month posted a tweet falsely downplaying the effectiveness of masks. Twitter later removed the post from Atlas, a Stanford University professor with a medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

We now have a pseudo-expert advising the president,” Gates, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO and a leading backer of global public health initiatives, told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in an interview that aired on Monday as part of the the news organizationAll Markets Summit.

After the interview, taped on Oct. 15, Gates confirmed that he had made the comments in reference to Atlas, who has opposed lockdowns and co-authored an op-ed in The Hill called The COVID-19 shutdowns will cost Americans millions of years of lives.”

This article is important for a number of reasons.  First of all, Gates demonstrated colossal chutzpah to insult a medical doctor who graduated from a highly respected medical school and serves as a professor at Stanford University, while Gates, himself, never attended any medical school.

In fact, Gates has no degree of any kind!

What then, could possibly qualify Gates to pass judgement on the credibility of a medical doctor especially one with the clear credentials of Dr. Scott Atlas even as he castigated President Trump for challenging the contradictory and morphing advice of Dr. Fauci.

The AOL/Yahoo article stated that Twitter had removed what they claimed was a tweet posted by Dr. Atlas that they claim falsely downplayed the effectiveness of masks.

It is more than a bit disturbing that Twitter censored Dr. Atlas and, in so doing, prevented the general public from benefitting from his perspectives.  This should alarm everyone.

About 20 years ago I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.  The surgeon who examined me and told me of my situation was the chief of urology at a major New York Hospital and chaired the department of urology at a major medical school.

However, while he told me that he believed that he could save my life, he urged me to seek out at least one additional opinion so that I would be confident that I was making the proper decision.

I did seek out that second opinion and my medical insurance policy covered that second opinion, because this notion of seeking additional opinions is considered the standard way for people to make certain that they are making proper life and death decisions.

Needless to say, my surgeon saved my life- this a good thing because I have not aggravated my quota yet!

Where science and the Radical Left are concerned, however, not blindly following what their anointed experts proclaim, is an act of heresy.

This flies in the face of commonsense and threatens the First Amendment and all of our freedoms.

In doing a bit of research I found a similar situation that existed in a different country many years ago.

That country was Germany as the Third Reich began taking control of Germany and its population, Jews came under vicious attack.  No less a scientist that Albert Einstein was attacked for his work.  Scientific America on February 13, 2015 published an important article about the lunacy that transpired at that time, How 2 Pro-Nazi Nobelists Attacked Einsteins “Jewish Science” [Excerpt].

The article discussed the mass book burnings carried out on college campuses, not unlike the way that Antifa operates today.  Books authored by Albert Einstein were incinerated.  Here is an important paragraph from this article:

It would be absurd, of course, to suppose that most of the book-burners had given these questions a moments thought. The simple fact was that Einstein was a prominent Jew, and his thoughts therefore fit for the bonfire. But Einsteins theory was attacked on racial grounds. This assault came not by asinine ideologues in the party whose knowledge of science extended no further than a belief in fairy tales about cosmic ice,” nor from individuals on the scientific fringe seeking official approval and support. It was orchestrated by two Nobel laureates in physics, who devised a full-blown thesis (it cant be dignified by calling it a theory) on how stereotypical racial features are exhibited in scientific thinking. They were Philipp Lenard and Johannes Stark, and they wanted to become the new Führers of German physics.

Einstein’s Theories of Relativity and his concept of Space-Time were mocked and ridiculed by two Nazi Nobel laureates.

Of course nearly all of Einstein’s brilliant theories have been validated in recent years by scientists and physicists who now have the technological tools to conduct appropriate experiments.

Understandably fearing for his life,  Einstein fled Nazi Germany and came to America where, ironically, he helped America defeat Fascism in Germany and Japan and, in so doing, safeguarded freedom for people across the globe.

Today the Radical Left demands obedience to theories about climate change that support their demands for the “New Green Deal” even as some scientists question the validity of the notion that human actions have climatological consequences that must be stopped at all costs.

They seek nothing short of a fundamental transformation in the way that we live and work and these demands can only be justified by claiming that catastrophic climate change can only be averted if we adopt draconian changes.

Science has always been about challenges beliefs and devising experiments to seek the truth.

To cite an interesting example of how highly respected scientists may come to diametrically opposed conclusions consider a pair of articles that ran on the same website (Space.com) on two consecutive days.

On October 19, 2020, that website posted, Whats Happening with Betelgeuse? Astronomers Propose a Specialized Telescope to Watch the Star Every Night.

The very next day, October 20, the website published, Wow, Betelgeuse Might Be 25% Closer than Previously Believed.

The physicists who wrote the first article postulated that because Betelgeuse is so huge and pulsating, it is likely to explode within our lifetimes.  They estimated that that star is 700 light-years from earth.  This is why they proposed the construction of a special telescope to keep an astronomical eye on that star.

However, if the physicists who published the second article are right, Betelgeuse is 548 light years away.  This would mean that the star is not nearly as large or bright as the other physicists believe.  This would mean that Betelgeuse is not likely to become a super nova any time soon- at least not for another 100,000 years by their estimates.

This may not seem important to us on our beleaguered planet, but the lessons to be learned is very important.

Experts can and do disagree.  The process of questioning is behind all of our achievements. Scientists who serve a political agenda are the scientists who must not be trusted.

Science is supposed to be the tireless search for universal truths and must be unencumbered by political agendas.

Scientists who yield to the political elite betray their professions and should be ignored as the science-fascists that they are.

Voltaire sagely observed that you could determine the intelligence of a person by considering the questions that they ask, the same questions that today will earn you scorn and ridicule by the Radical Left.

©Michael Cutler. All rights reserved.

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Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter… (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here. To review the current issue’s highlights, see below.)…

For US Citizens 

Two short humorous political videos:

Biden’s ad about Trump never coming back

Biden 2020 — Bad Lip Reading


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


Upcoming US National Elections

Defining Factors in Upcoming Election

The 2020 election is about the People vs. the Establishment

Facing Up to the China Threat

China has bought and paid for Joe Biden

What Haven’t We Seen from the Hunter Biden Hard Drive?

The Biden Crime Family Saga!

The Biden Crime Family Comes Undone

Video: Rudy Giuliani’s Evidence re the Bidens

Short video: Righteous Anger 2020

The Second Debate Transcript

The Electoral Litigation Snarls of 2020

US Politics and Socialism

China is backing the left’s revolution, seeking our downfall and subjugation

US Senate Seeking Censorship Stories

White Penitence Is Shaking Up the American ‘Wokeplace’

The War on Freedom and Self-Reliance

Greens Oppose What Works And Promote What Doesn’t

Police Use of Deadly Force Is Not About Racism

Short video: They Say Scandinavia But They Mean Venezuela

The Left’s Little Red Book on Forming a New Green Republic

Other US Politics and Related

The Year of Disguises

Patriotism is dropping like a rock (on one side of the aisle)

If you’ve witnessed election fraud or manipulation, fill out this report

Who Do You Trust? The Polls or Your Lying Eyes?

Kavanaugh Battle Taught GOP to Stop Getting Played by Dem’s Dirty Tricks

Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists

Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6?

Stories of Us: Gina Florio

US Civil Servants are now “at will” employees

COVID-19: Therapies

16 HCQ positive studies of early treatment: NONE were negative

Study: Human coronaviruses ‘inactivated’ by mouthwash, oral rinses

COVID-19: Masks

CDC Study: Overwhelming Majority Of COVID Patients Wore Masks

Neurologist On Masks: Oxygen Deprivation Causes Permanent Damage

34 Studies about the ineffectiveness of face masks

COVID-19: Prevention

34,000+ Health Experts Sign Declaration Against COVID-19 Lockdowns

Dr. Fauci’s 15 Wrong Predictions and Contradictions

The COVID-19 Experts Were Wrong, Now They Need Scapegoats

Light that Kills COVID-19 Virus without Harming People

COVID-19: Models and Data

WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage

5 Charts That Show Sweden’s Strategy Worked, and Lockdowns Failed

Majority Are Already Immune Against COVID-19

Dr. Bostom: COVID-19 Death Distortion Rate

COVID-19: Misc

The Covidian Cult

Resilient US Economy Has Overcome the COVID-19 Recession

After the COVID Lockdown comes the big one: The Carbon Lockdown

COVID-19 and the Importance of Quiet

Reviewing 1,000+ COVID Innovations

An Historical Perspective of COVID-19

Greed Energy Economics

Wind Subsidies and Predatory Pricing in Texas (part 1 & part 2)

Negative prices: solar facilities had to pay to produce in September

NY County opts out of green-energy tax exemption

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences

Turbine Feathering Requirement Removed from Icebreaker Project

Video: Solar facility bird incineration (USGS)

Wind Turbine fires ‘underreported over fears of reputational damage’

Wind Energy

Washington State blows away wind fantasies

Study Confirms Trump Is Right – ‘Clean’ Energy Isn’t Clean Or Green

National Grid Warns Lack Of Wind Could Plunge Britain Into Darkness

How is Britain’s most efficient wind project doing?

Grid Congestion Forcing Cancellation of Solar and Wind Projects

Solar Energy

75 Megawatt Solar = $7.5 Million to Decommission

The Rooftop Solar Scam and How to Get Rid of It

Why promote Rooftop Solar when the Grid is so much cheaper?

Solar: A Whopping 2% of Global Electricity

Nuclear Energy

Free webinar: The Future of Nuclear Energy

New Molten Salt Reactor Is Cheaper To Run, Consumes Nuclear Waste

US Nuclear: change the laws that constrain foreign and domestic investment

Fueling the world’s future with Thorium Energy – A Panel Discussion

Poland Strikes $18 Billion Nuclear Power Deal With U.S.

Fossil Fuel Energy

Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Clears Hurdle To Doubling Capacity

Combined-Cycle Gas Generators are the Electric Work Horses

Biden’s Clean Grid Would Choke Gas, Even Without Fracking Ban

One page graphic: Life Without Oil

Ohio gas-fired plant partially shifting to hydrogen in 2021

Misc Energy

The Great Energy Non-Transition

Carbon Free Energy Doesn’t Exist, Joe. Come on Man!

The Biden Energy Plan Is Like California’s—But Worse

The Green New Deal is Awful, but Unlikely

The West Intends Energy Suicide: Will It Succeed?

Excellent short film: Religion of Green

The Looming Electric Vehicle Disaster

Wisdom of hydrogen called into question

New Book: Shorting the Grid

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

Study: How Dangerous (or uncommon) is a Temp Rise of 2°C

Climate: Fake News and False Alarms Fuel the Frenzy

New Alarming UN Climate Report Contradicts Its Own Data

UN twists climate facts to suit its own agenda

The UN and a Staggering Rise in Dishonesty

To Save the Climate, Give Up the Demand for Constant Electricity

Apocalypse? NO!

Short video: 4-Quadrant Model

Unwanted Truths  (select English)

The Biden Family Green New Deal

China’s Empty Climate Change Talk

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

No one told the President

Peter Foster: How Dare You!

New excellent short book: Climate Miracle

Climate Justice is Just More Special Interest Politics

The Scientific Method at Work: The Carbon Cycle Revisited

Electric vehicles help China more than address climate change

A major loss: Professor Nils-Axel Mörner, 1938-2020

Experts Can’t See Anything Unusual About Current Climate

Religion

Vatican under fire for deal with the Chinese Communist Party

We shouldn’t have to sue Gov. Cuomo to reopen our churches

Short video: Actor Jon Voight “Don’t Allow a Lie”

Pope Supports Gay Marriage

Education Related

Without Facilities, Students Get Lower-Quality Education

How I Ran Afoul of Campus Cancel Culture

Free Speech Is Dying As Governments Clamp Down

Science and Misc Matters

Science Crisis And The Breakdown Of Trust

How Does Science Really Work?

Science is now just another wing of politics

World Economics: Enter the Coronavirus

Here Are Solutions for Pre-Existing Health Conditions

Video: Theranos – Silicon Valley’s Greatest Disaster

The Marangoni Effect can be used to obtain freshwater from the sea

Walmart an Opioid Villain?

Chess’s cheating crisis: ‘paranoia has become the culture

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Note 3: See this extensive list of reasonable books on climate change that complements the Newsletter. As a parallel effort, there is also a list of some good books related to industrial wind energy. Both topics are also extensively covered on our WiseEnergy.org website.

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Climate Depot Special Report: The Radical Plan to “Reset” your Freedom

Climate campaigners and international bureaucrats would like to make emergency responses to COVID-19 permanent.

They call it “The Great Reset.”  CFACT calls it their latest ploy to curtail individual freedom and grab wealth and power for themselves.

Marc Morano has issued a Climate Depot Special Report that surveys the latest radical push to restructure our economy and lifestyles.

The COVID-19 lockdowns and suspension of liberties have only emboldened climate campaigners to achieve their progressive vision of having “the masses” lives planned, monitored, and  controlled for their “safety” — all in the name of “science.” The very real threat of oppressive rule by unelected experts in government is now threatening to engulf the world due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns and “phased reopenings.”

Here’s a sample from the report of what the “resetters” are saying:

  • The virus has given us an “opportunity” to pursue “equality & sustainability.” Klaus Schwab, Chairman, World Economic Forum
  • “You could just as easily replace the words climate change with COVID-19; it is truly the tale of two pandemics deferred, denied, and distorted, one with catastrophic consequences, the other with even greater risk if we don’t reverse course.” John Kerry, former Secretary of State
  • “No-one could ever imagine that we would be wearing masks so readily and that we would all be so compliant…People were prepared to accept limitations on personal choice and lifestyle – for the good of their own family and friends.” Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker, British House of Commons.

The report discusses what is being termed “scientism,” the push to expand the tactics employed by climate pressure groups.  They demand we cede our individual choices to experts “in white lab coats” who know better.  Heaven help those scientists who stray from the party line.

Marc Morano highlights a warning issued by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961, who said, “We must be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite… A government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity” and “the prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever-present and is gravely to be regarded.”

America’s founding fathers put our people in charge of our “experts.”  They limited government, and empowered “we the people” to change policy through elections.  They put civilians in control of the military.  Each of us has the right to defend ourselves before juries of our peers.  Every day jurors weigh the competing opinions of experts and make the final call.

All that messy freedom is what the technocrats, who consider themselves superior to humble us, are so eager to “reset.”

CFACT’s latest report is a wake up call.

Let’s tell our would-be-masters to keep their “reset.”  We’ll keep our freedom.

For nature and people too!

Recent Energy and Environmental News

There is likely no more important matter in our lifetime, than the upcoming US national election. As such, this shorter Energy & Environmental Newsletter will focus on that one issue. (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here.)

Two short fabulous patriotic music videos:

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock: The Stars Spangled Banner

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: America the Beautiful

For US Citizens —

The Homeowners’ Guide to Generating Electricity

The new advances in all fields of everyday life have brought about a number of conveniences. And while people enjoy these newly established living circumstances, they are equally aware of the price that is to be paid. Not only have tech advances resulted in serious consequences for the environment, but they have also been detrimental to home budgets.

Nowadays, most of the technology runs on electricity, and with supply causing great damage to natural and limited resources, prices have gone up. In fact, statistics show that up to 31% of families in the US are concerned about paying their power bills. With such pressure to provide for the family and maintain sustainable homeowner practices, many families have ultimately turned to renewable energy.

Options for Generating Electricity

Any natural source of power – thermal, mechanical – which can be reused again and again without running the risk of “going dry”, is generally considered a renewable source. While natural gas, and even more so, oil, are considered limited riches, the sun, wind, or geothermal energy can be used continuously.

The first uses of these renewable power sources were mainly of industrial scales. Photovoltaic panels for solar air conditioning systems, water heaters, or even solar ovens, along with wind turbines for electricity generation have only recently become available for homeowners.

Nowadays, some of these stand to be the top popular and suitable choices for homeowners looking to generate electricity for their households:

Solar Panels

As mentioned, these solar panels mainly consist of photovoltaic cells using heat energy from the sun. These are normally installed on the roofs of people’s homes in order to get maximum exposure to the sun, collect its energy, and transform it into electricity.

Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are mostly found on roofs as well. They use the mechanical power of the wind to generate electricity, so this is the most sustainable and renewable source for those living in windy regions.

Hydropower Generators

These generators are mainly set next to running waters. With hydropower plants existing for quite some time now, it is one of the most familiar ways of generating electricity from renewable sources. And with tech focusing on individual homeowners’ benefits, it is only expected to be one of the top options.

©Josh Wardini. All rights reserved.

Recent Energy and Environmental News

Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter… (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here.)  To review the current issue’s highlights, see below (and page 80)…

For US Citizens —

Two upbeat short video specials:

Adrian and Emma-Jean: Music of the Night

Artificial Intelligence Headset

Note: Although there has been substantial volcanic activity in the White Island (NZ) area, the video in the last issue appears to be an artistic recreation of actual events.


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19: Therapies

17 HCQ studies of early treatment: NONE were negative

COVID-19: Prevention

Video: The Great American Mask Rip Off

The President and the COVID-19 Mask Debate

Trump Takes Zinc. Possibly You Ought to Too

WHO Urges World Leaders to Stop Using Lockdowns to Fight COVID

COVID-19: Models and Data

Statistics: Lockdowns May Have Had Little Effect on COVID-19 Spread

The Absurdity Of Covid ‘Cases’

COVID-19: Misc

The Great Barrington Declaration

Reddit’s Censorship of The Great Barrington Declaration

Video: Lawsuit for Crimes Against Humanity

The value of talking to strangers — and nodding acquaintances

Virologist: SARS-CoV-2 is a bio-weapon and intentionally released

25 Small Business Survivors and Thrivers

Greed Energy Economics

The Real Cost of Wind and Solar

Word of Warning: Ontario’s green-energy catastrophe

Green Energy Costs More than Doubled

Inside the Dominion lobbying blitz that’s going to raise electric bills

£50 billion on wind — You might as well spend it on unicorn tears

Boris Johnson Announces 200% Rise in Electricity Prices

UK wind farce that blew £1.4billion!

Wind & Solar Energy

Gates-backed nuclear fusion: ‘We can fill the gaps left by wind and solar’

Family Receives a €225K Payout from Wind Developer for Health Problems

Study: Surprising science – There’s no such thing as clean energy

There’s No Such Thing As Clean Energy

The Shetland (UK) Tragedy

Climate Change to Make Solar Less Reliable as Clouds Increase

Fossil Fuel Energy

Mommy, where did my Tesla come from?

Give Thanks to Fossil Fuels

Misc Energy

Davos 2021 will launch its own Green New Deal — Be afraid

A New Abnormal of Rolling Blackouts Under Biden Energy Plan

Biden’s Plan to Spread California’s Green Slime Around

Energy Policy Advocates Fight Back Against Anti-Industrial Forces

Physicists Build Circuit That Generates Clean, Limitless Power

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

Archive Study: New Little Ice Age Instead of Global Warming?

New Book: How Dare You!

UK will take 700 years to reach low-carbon under current plans
Jeff Bezos and Amazon Join the Religion of Green
The Real ‘Climate Crisis’ Is At The World Economic Forum

Short Video: Climate Misinformation From Debate Moderator

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

Nothing That Works

Joe Biden and the Green New Deal

A new thermometer for studying our past climate

Report: Extinguishing the Wildfire Threat

US Politics and Socialism

Agenda: Grinding America Down

Democrats are staging revolution against America

The Left’s Little Red Book on Forming a New Green Republic

Short Video: Where Do You Want to Live — Red State or Blue State?

Living in the Left’s Upside Down World

Your Life Will Be Controlled By Rockefeller & Clinton Foundation Apps

What’s the Matter With BLM?

Dangerous Talk From Stupid People

Video: How to Defeat the Left’s Socialism in 30 Seconds

Upcoming US National Elections

Why moderates’ best bet is to vote for Trump

WAPO: How Trump has made the country better off

Policy vs. Personality: That’s Our Choice

7 Quick Takeaways on the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Video: Why my first vote EVER will be Republican

Report: US Presidential Economic Analysis, Battleground States 2020

Voter Fraud: The Continuing Saga

Biden opposed helping South Vietnamese refugees reach U.S. in 1970s

Ayn Rand’s Novel Warns of Socialism if Biden Prevails

VP Biden, Don’t Take Away Our Healthcare Choice

Other US Politics and Related

Short video: Never Apologize to the Mob

Short video: Celebrating Columbus

Short video: I was Wrong about the Democratic Party

Epstein, Obama, Gates, Clinton, Andrew & Ghislaine

The Aristocracy of Pull

Trump declassifies all Russia collusion, Clinton email documents

200+ conservative groups support Barrett for Supreme Court

Religion

Dr. Dobson’s Open Letter to Christians Regarding the Election

The Cult of Covidism Has Invaded the Church

No Pope Francis, the World Is Not in a Climate Emergency!

Pope Exhibits Shocking Ignorance of Economics and Logic

Oregon Professor Blames White Christians For West Coast Wildfires

Education Related

We Need to Talk About Bruce

VA School District: Teachers Enforce ‘Woke’ Revolution, or Else

Mellon Commits $250 Million To ‘Reimagine’ U.S. Monuments

Science and Misc Matters

Solzhenitsyn: Live Not By Lies

Science Is Threatened by Identity Politics

The death knell of science is being sounded by partisan scientists

Archive: The Report from Iron Mountain

Good health care needs transparency and competition

TedTalk: Mathematics and sex

Note 1: It’s recommended to read the Newsletter on your computer, not your phone, as some documents (e.g. PDFs) are much easier to read on a large computer screen…  Common fonts, etc. have been used to minimize display issues.

Note 2: To accommodate numerous requests received about prior articles, we’ve put together detailed archives — where you can search by year, or over the ten+ years of the Newsletter. For a detailed background about the Newsletter, please read this.

Note 3: See this extensive list of reasonable books on climate change that complements the Newsletter. As a parallel effort, there is also a list of some good books related to industrial wind energy. Both topics are also extensively covered on our WiseEnergy.org website.

Note 4: If you’d like to join the 10,000+ worldwide readers and get your own free copy of this periodic Newsletter, simply send John an email saying that.

Note 5: John is not an attorney or a physician, so no material appearing in any of the Newsletters (or the WiseEnergy.org website) should be construed as giving legal or medical advice. His recommendation has always been: consult a competent, licensed attorney when you are involved with legal issues, and consult a competent physician regarding medical issues.

Copyright © 2020; Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (see WiseEnergy.org)

Comprehensive and Credible Information for Climate Skeptics

The COVID pandemic and the “peaceful protests” against supposed systemic racism dominate the news in this tumultuous year. But in terms of eventual consequences for our personal liberty, national independence, and economic prosperity, “climate change” is the perennial winner. Be informed.

For several years, the Science and Environmental Policy Project has faithfully produced a weekly email “The Week That Was” (TWTW) that dissects the latest news on the topic of climate change in particular, and environmentalism in general, as it relates all aspects of society: science and academia, politics and public policy, international relations and economics.

Eminently readable and rationally argued, TWTW is an indispensable source of continuously updated information and scientific rebuttal to the constant barrage of climate alarmism coming from all quarters – media, politicians, and corporations. Its weekly email covers all current developments, and they are archived all the way back to 1997. If you read online about an alarmist claim made in the past, go to TWTW archives for that date and read the rebuttal.

If you are looking for one place to gather information that challenges environmental policies that are based on poor science, sign up here for TWTW’s weekly email newsletter. Additional worthy sources can be found in Winston84‘s “Climate Skeptics” category.

EDITORS NOTE: This Winston84 column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

VIDEO: CFACT interviews South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spoke with CFACT’s Gabriella Hoffman at the annual Black Hills buffalo roundup.

The interview was part of the District of Conservation podcast, sponsored by CFACT.

WATCH:

Governor Noem has kept South Dakota wide open for business during the Covid-19 pandemic and has not ordered any businesses to close.

“For years, I’ve said I believe South Dakota can be an example to the nation,” Noem said. “And that’s really what these last six months and year have offered us: The opportunity to lead.”  The governor also stressed the need for supporters of true conservation and free market environmentalism to become proactive in these issues.  “I think that maybe us, as conservatives, just need to talk about it [conservation] more ‘cause we’re doing it every day; we just don’t tell our story very well,” the avid hunter explained.

Governor Noem never misses a chance to promote South Dakota as a destination for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.  She recently posted a video clip to Twitter in which she said, “this is how we do soclal distancing in our state.”  She then turns, shoots, expertly drops a pheasant and says, “less covid, more hunting.”

South Dakota is expert at managing its vast natural areas to make them accessible for business, while keeping nature and wildlife thriving at the same time.

EDITORS NOTE: This CFACT column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Scapegoating “White Christians” for Climate Change

California, Oregon, and Washington State are burning—and it’s all the fault of “white Christians.” So says a professor at Oregon State University because “white Christians” are “science-deniers” who don’t believe in catastrophic man-made global warming.

CampusReform.com reports (10/2/20) that Susan Shaw, professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Oregon State University claims (as do many on the left), “the intensity and scope of these fires are a result of climate change.” She notes, “many Christians, especially white Christians, have embraced denial of climate science.” (A colleague responds: “What a crock. We have ‘denied’ climate ‘science’ while she undoubtedly believes that biological sex is meaningless.”)

Meanwhile, Shaw adds, “The disturbing link between white evangelical support for Trump and disregard for climate change that disproportionately affects poor people of color around the world should probably not be all that surprising….White evangelicals continue to support Donald Trump overwhelmingly, even though the Trump administration has tried to roll back more than 100 environmental protection regulations.”

The issue of wildfires vis-à-vis climate change came up during the presidential debate last week. Are these fires caused by man-made global warming or by misguided forestry practices?

Debate moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump about the fires, saying, “state officials there blamed the fires on climate change….what do you believe about the science of climate change and what will you do in the next four years to confront it?”

The president responded, “I want crystal clean water and air. I want beautiful clean air….As far as the fires are concerned, you need forest management. In addition to everything else, the forest floors are loaded up with trees, dead trees that are years old and they’re like tinder and leaves and everything else. You drop a cigarette in there the whole forest burns down. You’ve got to have forest management.”

This controversy is nothing new. A few years ago, I spoke with Jarrett Stepman of the Heritage Foundation on my radio show. He told me, “We used to do a lot more clearing of the forest, a lot more actual forest management, traditional practices to keep the forest under control.” But not so today. Ironically, it has been laws pushed by environmental activists that many say have made the situation worse.

For a piece he wrote for the Heritage’s Daily Signal, Stepman quotes Rep. Tom McClintock (R, California): “Forty-five years ago, we began imposing laws that have made the management of our forests all but impossible….Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed by state, local, and private landholders, and the choked, dying, or burned federal forests,”

McClintock added, “The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment—they have done immeasurable harm to our forests.” How so? These 1970s laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, according to the congressman, “have resulted in endlessly time-consuming and cost-prohibitive restrictions and requirements that have made the scientific management of our forests virtually impossible.”

Meanwhile, is climate change responsible for the ongoing disasters in nature in general?

Recently, I spoke with David Horowitz, the former Communist turned conservative firebrand and author of the book, Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America. When I asked him about climate change, he told me, “I’m 81 years old, so I’ve watched this for many years. Every year the Mississippi River overflows and destroys houses, livelihoods, kills people. Tornadoes sweep through Oklahoma… In Florida, there are hurricanes….Can’t do anything about it, but we’re going to control the climate of the planet?” He called climate change “a joke.”

In reference to these catastrophes in nature, Dr. E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, points out, “These tragedies have happened all through human history, this is not anything new. We should certainly have compassion for those who are hurt. We should respond with help to those who are hurt by those things, but it doesn’t do anybody any good to blame it on global warming. As a matter of fact, if anything, what folks want us to do to fight global warming, which is essentially to turn away from fossil fuels, is going to diminish economic growth. It will prolong poverty, and the best protection you have against any kind of weather emergency—hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, anything else—is the ability to build a solid home, to have reliable electricity, things like that.”

So, rather than causing these disasters, the Christians (white and otherwise) are helping the survivors through them. We see that all the time with the Salvation Army or Samaritan’s Purse. Meanwhile, more commonsense measures might vastly reduce fires on the West Coast, as opposed to scapegoating Christians for denying the politically correct version of “climate change.”

©Jerry Newcombe. All rights reserved.