@CNN ’s Fake Climate Propaganda Lies Exposed, Again

Guest essay by Vijay Jayaraj

Recently, CNN ran a major, multi-part article titled “The one chance we have: The pandemic gave the world a golden opportunity to fix the climate crisis. We’re about to waste it.”

CNN’s global reach and its popularity mean that most readers and viewers are prone to consider its articles at face value. Almost everything about that headline would seem sensible for people who are not aware of the intricate details of climate sciences.

For environmental researchers like me, headlines like these are a major red flag, and they often exaggerate reality to portray a false sense of alarm. A closer look at the details presented in the article only affirmed the skepticism I had towards the alarmist headline.

CNN says,

“…the biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are injecting taxpayer money into propping up polluting industries. And exclusive new data shows these decisions are taking the world a step closer to a climate catastrophe.”

For its attack on fossil fuels, CNN handpicked four countries that use coal: Australia, India, Canada, and Poland. The long and one-sided article briefly addresses the concern of the workers who are currently employed in the fossil fuel sector in these countries, but then it quickly reverts back to the need for these fossil fuel industries to be shut down. The only problem: lies.

Big Climate Lies to Promote Big Alarmist Agenda

The article’s sub-section on India claims that “erratic monsoon rains have made it difficult for farmers (in India) to predict when to plant and harvest crops,” indirectly implying that climate change has impacted the farmers and the agricultural sector.

Further, the authors state that “India is also staring down the barrel of an extreme weather crisis, with droughts, floods and drinking water shortages devastating thousands of lives each year—and impacting the country’s already battered economy.”

But agricultural data show that India is on a record streak for agricultural crop output, consistently producing more and more staple crop outputs each year. Cereal yield data show that India’s output—of wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats, rye, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and mixed grains—is constantly increasing, thus ensuring enough production for domestic demand and export.

Source: Our World in Data.
URL: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/cereal-yield?tab=chart&time=2018&country=~IND

India’s farm exports rose 23.24 percent in March through June 2020. Water availability in India’s reservoirs are 40 to 50 percent higher than last year. This, accompanied by a normal rainfall season, will make the agriculture sector grow by 3 percent in 2020–2021.

India’s Niti Ayog, of the national government’s official planning commission, said that “agriculture alone will give more than 0.5 percent to the growth rate of Indian economy.” So, the notion that India’s farming sector is in peril due to climate change and that it has hit the economy is false.

Besides, the rainfall pattern in India has always been erratic, with no consistent pattern, a fact attested by India’s longest available national rainfall data. The recent success in agriculture has been a testament to India’s growing economy that enabled the use of agricultural technology.

Stories Do Not Necessarily Match Reality

CNN, in the article’s section against coal mines, claimed that the people in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh are “losing forests and livelihoods” because of the expansion of coal mines. But the data on employment, once again, reveals a completely contrasting situation.

The data, a national survey on quality of jobs and employment growth derived by analyzing a number of key reports, revealed that Chhattisgarh was ranked first for employment and quality of jobs nationally. The state also ranked third for the growth rate of employment, while being ranked very high for income equality and gender equality.

CNN’s portrayal of coal mines destroying the employment situation in the state is a complete falsehood that conveniently avoids readily available employment data points.

Moreover, the claims on forest loss are also false at a national level. India’s forest cover has actually increased between 2018 and 2019, according to the official forest census report (high degree of accuracy).

For CNN and other mainstream media, the goal is simple: to create climate fear among the masses by skewing data to suit their narrative. It is time their lies were called out, refuted by official data and statistics.

Vijay Jayaraj (M.Sc., Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, England), is a Research Contributor for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and resides in New Delhi, India.

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October 2, 2020 6:21 pm

The Communist News Network’s popularity and reach are a shadow of what it one was.

October 2, 2020 6:26 pm

Vijay Jayaraj ==> Very nicely done!

Dennis G Sandberg
Reply to  Kip Hansen
October 3, 2020 5:16 pm

Does it really matter what CNN says about anything? The few that watch can’t possibly be wanting honest information but are rather seeking validation of their non-sensical preconceived and distorted world view. Such viewers may find the tabloid ”comforting” while sipping their wine. Facts don’t matter for these folks.

October 2, 2020 6:29 pm

Well researched rebuttal and Kudos for doing so!!!!

October 2, 2020 6:32 pm

We have to constantly remind ourselves of the warnings given to us by WikiLeaks about the compliant news media in bed with the corrupt and entrenched political class and the globalist. We see a prime example of this every day when we watch the main stream media.

October 2, 2020 6:33 pm

Why would anyone watch CNN?
Are all the other channels broken.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Richard Greene
October 3, 2020 6:57 am

Or… You’re at an airport.

CNN has contracts with many international airports to only show their channel on TVs in their terminals.

Ron Long
October 2, 2020 6:50 pm

CNN has become very adept at finding some “authority” to say exactly what they want to advance their agenda. The amazing thing is that there are lots of these (verbal prostitutes?) willing liars and they deliver with a straight face and great conviction (sort of like I imagine prostitutes do!). On the other hand, anything positive for the other view is either ignored or insulted. Who is the CNN audience? I admit I watch it sometimes hoping for some actual useful news, then I start shouting at the TV and my dogs look at me funny. Good article by Vijay, thanks.

David A
Reply to  Ron Long
October 3, 2020 5:11 pm

Exactly what they want to say, and perhaps paid to not say the obvious, why did CNN leave China off the list of nations building coal power plants???

Gary Pearse
October 2, 2020 7:02 pm

Galloping Greening of the planet and attendant bumper harvests are the only palpable climate change that is unequivocally happening and it is the one thing that climate science largely ignores. Oh they put out occasional articles showing that Greening is bad because it would be indecent to not acknowledge it at all.

The most recent effort was a study on greening of the tundra. The poker player’s ‘tell’ there was that in these latitudes a bit of warming could be identified as the main reason. However, the planet is Greening pretty much in its entirety, and most notably in arid regions, where warming isnt a factor at all. But CO2 rise is the major factor in most.

A case is made for increased precipitation in some areas, but the fact that higher CO2 in the atmosphere gives drought resistance to plants because there is a lesser need for water for plant growth, guarantees that greening will occur fringing and encroaching on dry regions. Moreover, in the temperate regions where water is not lacking and temperatures are already adequate, forests are expanding, existing trees are fattening and greater farm output is occurring on much smaller acreages largely due to CO2 fertilization.

This elephant in the room is a blind spot to doctrinaire climate researchers because the massively positive value of ‘carbon’ from fossil fuels, both in their burning and in their contribution to this Great Greening and bumper harvests can’t be ignored for too much longer.

Oh, and sealevel rise? If pumping of aquifers for farming has contributed to noticeable sealevel rise, how much reversal of this sealevel rise will occur with a burgeoning natural biomass greatly dwarfing mere farm croppage?

Abolition Man
Reply to  Gary Pearse
October 2, 2020 8:05 pm

Excellent comment! In addition to the benefits of increased CO2, what are the benefits of a larger and healthier biosphere? Regardless of what the changing natural cycles bring us, whether warming or cooling, a more resilient environment is a boon to ALL life! We are wasting billions of dollars on a problem that doesn’t exist, while ignoring major problems that could be repaired with those moneys!
What about desertification? The satellite images clearly show that the deserts are greening around the edges but could we do more if we utilized theories like Allan Savory’s that wise animal husbandry could speed up the process of restoring desert to fertile land? Wise use of forest resources could be beneficial, not only by providing good paying jobs, but by preventing the disasterous fires we have recently seen burning in Australia and the western US!
The biggest waste is the prevention of development in poor nations because of misguided religious fears against fossil fuels in particular and capitalism in general. Capitalism has given more liberty and prosperity to more people than all other systems combined! The huge decline in poverty over the last 20 or 30 years has not only lead to greater health, but also a slowing or a decline in population growth in some nations. Not allowing Third World countries to develop their own infrastructure and resources reveals a wide streak of racism that has always been a hallmark of colonialist thinking! Sadly, GangGreen seems to get away with this sort of thinking constantly! They are never held to account for the lives they damage or destroy in their childish flailing about for wokeness and Right Thought!

Reply to  Gary Pearse
October 2, 2020 8:12 pm

The poker player’s ‘tell’ …

Yep. What do you do when you know that people are deliberately trying to lead you astray? You look for stuff that is hard to fake. When I hear stories about environmental devastation, I look out my windows and see something like an Earthly Paradise. It seems that the worst devastation is in poor countries.

When I am told that I have to mend my environmental ways, I look out my windows.

Tech Buzzard
Reply to  commieBob
October 3, 2020 7:47 am

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”

Quote attributed to Adolf Hitler

Lorne Newell
Reply to  Gary Pearse
October 2, 2020 9:55 pm

The so called researchers live of grant money. When the money is given it comes with a caveat. The IPCC is mandated to research man made climate change. That is what they do. Follow the money. Maurice Strong, who started this scam, was a communist idealist. His aim was to get control of the world by using the UN and global warming as the tools. He experimented with the Montreal Protocol and the ozone hole and it worked. And hear we are.

Reply to  Lorne Newell
October 4, 2020 6:10 pm

Interesting that Maurice Strong(as most of you probably know) made his millions in the oil industry in Canada.
Talk about hypocrites!

October 2, 2020 7:42 pm

If it weren’t for airports running CNN 24/7, I don’t think CNN would have viewers.

CNN is old, dead, and irrelevant.

Joel O'Bryan
October 2, 2020 7:51 pm

CNN’s target audience with the lies and propaganda are not Indians. They are Western Europeans and North America audiences, mostly those watching CNN are ideologically aligned with these beliefs to begin with. They won’t be changing minds in other words, they’ll just be confirming already held beliefs about the catastrophic nature of climate change. In other words they are just reinforcing a superstition/myth in their liberal audience.

As such it is not meant to convince, but rather to act a climate porn for those inclined to want to believe the climate lies who watch CNN.

October 2, 2020 8:00 pm

Climate has nothing to do with the increased production. I was cleaning up my bookmarks today and ran across one that clearly explains the real problem. India was socialist and switched to a free market resulting in a huge increase in production.

Reply to  Dena
October 3, 2020 9:46 am

“was socialist and switched to a free market resulting in a huge increase in production.”

Amazing how often that happens.

October 2, 2020 10:02 pm

I love the arrogance of the Greenies, so sure they can “fix” the world.

Meanwhile CO2 continues its long established trend, despite global fuel consumption falling of a cliff for most of 2020 and into the near future.

“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”
Richard P. Feynman

John V. Wright
October 2, 2020 11:04 pm

Vijay’s article is even better than many contributors realise – he gained his MSc at the University of East Anglia. Any science student who emerged from that den of climate propaganda iniquity with his integrity intact deserves our respect.

george Tetley
October 3, 2020 1:44 am

Chit Not News

Rod Evans
October 3, 2020 2:20 am

The Contrived News Network, (CNN) does it again. They have taken to heart the old adage about English weather, changed the words slightly and now state, “if you don’t like what we are telling you, give us a minute, we can make up something else for you”

Climate believer
October 3, 2020 3:34 am

Good article Mr Jayaraj.

CNN’s “raison d’être” is to create conflict, division and fear where there is none, then ride the wave until the clicks subside……..rinse and repeat.

Looking at Poland, of course they are chosen as the black sheep of the EU because they like Trump. Hence….

“The Polish government has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment”……they didn’t do any better in Australia…… “The Australian government did not respond to CNN’s request for comment”…… 😉

Concerning the worsening of droughts in Poland due to “climate change™” here is a study showing decadal frequency of droughts in Poland from 1722–2015. To save time the interesting graph is on page 33 showing no trend.


Here is a current map of drought in Europe produced by the EDO.


Mismanagement of water resources is also a major factor in Poland but CNN are rarely bothered by facts.

October 3, 2020 4:14 am


‘India has been hit by a streak of unusually intense thunderstorms, dust storms, and lightning so far in 2018. The events collapsed homes, destroyed crops, and claimed the lives of over a hundred people with even more casualties, calling for assistance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.’


‘With unusually severe rainfall in India’s financial capital Mumbai over the past few weeks, and severe drought conditions elsewhere in the country, questions are being raised about whether these extreme events are becoming more common.’


According to the researchers, between 1976 and 2018, large parts of India, except the indo-Gangetic Plains, experience on average nearly 10 extreme hot days in the April-June season, which they said is approximately 25 per cent more than in the 1951-1975 period.

and so on: multiple reports backed by detailed scientific research backing the assertion that ‘India is also staring down the barrel of an extreme weather crisis, with droughts, floods and drinking water shortages devastating thousands of lives each year’

David Kamakaris
Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 5:11 am

Griff, if the climate has deteriorated so badly in India,, explain this.


Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 6:59 am

Griff drinking water shortages are more a result of poor civic planning than anything.
Since the country has been dealing with floods and monsoons for all of recorded history, I’m sure they have more than on adaptive technique to deal with mother nature.
Becoming aware of a problem with achange isn’t proof of cause.
My point being, there isn’t any new problem in India. Rather, an increase of information, an increase of population, do not a climate crisis make.

Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 9:07 am

When you search through weather records from many localized areas to find unusual events, you can find anything you’re looking for. Your rainfall in Mumbai quote is an example. However, it doesn’t indicate that the climate has changed. A counter example comes from the fact that the hottest temperature ever recorded in Mumbai was on April 14, 1952 – 68 years ago.

The fact is that localized weather is extremely variable and always has been. Any changes in the weather that we’ve seen are VERY small compared to the natural variability. It is dishonest to suggest that extreme events may be becoming more common by searching weather records for recent unusual events. It was dishonest for the author of your quote to suggest this. The sad thing is that you think you can gain support for your agenda by parroting this obvious nonsense.

Climate believer
Reply to  Meab
October 3, 2020 10:51 am

“According to the researchers, between 1976 and 2018, large parts of India, except the indo-Gangetic Plains, experience on average nearly 10 extreme hot days in the April-June season, which they said is approximately 25 per cent more than in the 1951-1975 period.”

1976 to 2018 is a 42 year period……. 1951 to 1975 is a 24 year period…… is that right for comparison?

So on average, people may have experienced 2.5 days more extreme hot days over a 3 month period, compared to a previous small amount of time before. I seriously wonder if they noticed.

Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 9:49 am

In griff’s world, anything bad is caused by CO2.

Beyond that, just yesterday they were whining about how one year doesn’t make a trend, when the subject was cooler weather.
Today they are touting one year of somewhat worse than average weather as being proof that CO2 is going to kill us.

Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 12:57 pm

Poor griffool….. one confused little Chihuahua mind..

STILL doesn’t know the difference between WEATHER and climate.

STILL can’t produce one bit of evidence that human have caused any of this natural WEATHER variability.

Just keeps yapping behind his 6ft fence. !

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  griff
October 3, 2020 1:54 pm


I like your state about “25% more than the 1951-1975” period. Perfectly picked! That was a period of cooling all over the world. That there are only 25% more hot days now is a testament to the fact that there is nothing unusual going on now.

Pick 1926-1950 and make the same comparison. It was warmer then and I expect to find the number of hot days has reduced compared with that period.

October 3, 2020 4:50 am

Woke Supremacists are busy doing all the horrible things they claim White Supremacists are doing or have done. White supremacists are accused of illegitimately holding power and excluding non-whites. While the Woke Supremacists gained power illegitimately and exclude (Cancel) all who are not “Woke” (and once canceled there is no restitution).

White supremacists are few with no political support and no path to power. I don’t know a single supremacist leader or supremicist politician that has any following. On the other hand, the Woke Supremacist Oligarchy has lots of political power and they control ALL of our institutions… and they have corrupted all of our institutions: Press, Academia, Government, Education, Social Media, Justice, Law, Commerce, Science, Medicine…even Religion has been tainted. Now they are trying to weaken and discredit institutions they don’t control…like Law Enforcement and Fair Elections.

The central *product* they have given to to the world in their quest for Power…. is lies. Their entire philosophy is based on lies. All the persuasion and promotion of their goal of global socialism is based on lies. Born of lies and promoted by lies and perpetuated by lies.

The Woke are far more self righteous and far more wrong and more disgusting than the equally disgusting but insignificant (and few) and powerless white supremacists.

The White Supremacy threat is a lie, but the Woke Supremacy Threat is no threat…it is real and it is standing on our throats.

Reply to  DocSiders
October 3, 2020 9:51 am

According to most progressives, anyone who isn’t a progressive is a racist. No evidence needed or wanted.

Serge Wright
October 3, 2020 5:38 am

“CNN handpicked four countries that use coal: Australia, India, Canada, and Poland”

And conveniently didn’t mention China, the world’s biggest emitter and coal producer by such a margin that second place doesn’t even rate. The lesson here is that it’s ok to be a super emitter provided you are a socialist totalitarian state in keeping with CNN ideology.

October 3, 2020 5:44 am

Agenda,paid news is at crisis levels and the top existential threat for the few free countries left on the planet.

October 3, 2020 6:52 am

Doomsday stories are good for ratings. Checking on whether the made-up stuff is factual or not, takes some work and deadlines don’t really allow time for that. Give them a break, they need to make a buck. /sarc

Ed K
October 3, 2020 7:42 am

I lost all respect for CNN many years ago. Sadly, they really have become purveyors of “fake news”.

October 3, 2020 9:04 am

When a politician (or CNN) says, concerning an issue involving science, that the debate is over, you can be sure of two things: The debate is raging, and he is losing.

October 3, 2020 11:32 am

“…the time for debate is over…” is what caused me to begin armchair research into global warming (which rapidly led me to Global Warming™ which became Climate Change™ which…) 12 years ago. Just before that the speaker had said, “You don’t need to Google™ global warming, or whatever, everything you need to know is right here…” and gave the web address for Gavin Schmidt’s government funded propaganda site.

Interestingly enough, that was when Google’s search algorithms relied almost entirely on user statistics, so when I started typing into the search block “global w…” I got about that far when it helpfully autocompleted “global warming scam”. 😀

October 3, 2020 4:22 pm

No one is going to convince the first world to give up our lifestyle and the rest of the world wants what we have. Just as the politicians who pass laws for the masses but exempt themselves, the virtue signalers will continue their lifestyles while expecting others to sacrifice. Witness the billionaires and celebrities jet setting and dwelling in their masions while scolding me for running my A/C in my meager 1500 sqft domicile. I am not going to live even a 20th Century life “for the children” because the pols and wealthy will continue to enrich themselves and screw it all up for the children regardless of what I do.

October 3, 2020 5:51 pm

Nice post Vijay.
Another MSM sky-is-falling article (undone by inconvenient truths!), this time by
the Corrupt News Network.
Was sitting in a restaurant last week in view of the CNN monitor screen (thankfully no sound – that
would have ruined the meal) and the chyron message strip ran “200,000 USA dead from covid”
every time a picture of Trump was displayed. What a coincidence! LOL. More Newspeak from the
Ministry of Truth. We are being manipulated in so many ways… on so many topics…
Yet I am reminded of a saying regarding Dupes vs Knaves (that I don’t recall who said it):
Dupes go along with the scam because they don’t know any better.
Knaves know its a scam but profit from it.
And to me, most fanatics are dupes so I try not to be too hard on them.

John Q. Public
October 5, 2020 7:20 pm

Very well done Vijay. Of course CNN will never change their scare mongering and complete lack of interest in facts – they just make up more lies.

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