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Meteorologist Anthony Watts on Fox News – AOC is wrong for ‘spieling’ Canadian wildfire hysteria

“While irresponsible politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) rush to blame the Canadian wildfires and the resulting smoke in New York City on climate change, the simple fact of the matter is that such fires and darkening of the skies in the Northeast have occurred before. On May 19, 1780, the daytime skies darkened over New England states and parts of eastern Canada. The primary cause is believed to have been a combination of smoke from forest fires in the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and weather conditions. Called ‘New England’s Dark Day,’ this occurred well before the industrial revolution and climate change were even a glimmer in the eye of science.

“AOC and other pundits appear clueless about history, and even more so about what constitutes a climate crisis.”

Anthony Watts

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Heartland Institution senior fellow Anthony Watts breaks down the science behind the Canadian wildfires on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’


It has happened before “climate change” was even known:

May 19, 1780 – In the midst of the Revolutionary War, darkness descends on New England at midday. Many people think Judgment Day is at hand. It will be remembered as New England’s Dark Day. Diaries of the preceding days mention smoky air and a red sun at morning and evening.’s%20Dark%20Day%20occurred,thick%20fog%2C%20and%20cloud%20cover.

The 1825 Dee, or Great Miramichi Fire, or Great Fire of Miramichi, as it came to be known, was a massive forest fire complex that devastated forests and communities throughout much of northern New Brunswick in October 1825. It ranks among the three largest forest fires ever recorded in North America.,ever%20recorded%20in%20North%20America.


Wildfires were actually much worse in the past.

This graphic, using data from the National Interagency Fire Center – NIFC, shows that in the 1920’s and 1930’s, wildfire acreage burned was far greater than today.



Figure. Graph combining data for Federal lands showing acres harvested vs. acres burned, in millions of acres. Data from U.S. Forest Service and the National Interagency Fire Center. Graph by Anthony Watts.

Satellite Data shows that globally, wildfires are decreasing.

NASA story with animated graphic:

Temperatures in the United States are virtually unchanged from 2005, when a new state-of-the-art climate monitoring system called the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) was put in place by NOAA. However, this data is never reported to the news media on NOAA’s climate reports for the United States.

50%  slash in solar-energy production due to smoke