No, CNN, Wildfires Will Not Be Destroying Times Square, New York City

Reposted from Climate Realism

By James Taylor 

New York City, United States – November 2, 2017: Crowds gather in Times Square at day time. Tourist intersection of neon art and commerce and is an iconic place of New York City.

CNN published an article yesterday titled, “This website helps you imagine what extreme climate change will do to your home.” According to CNN, a new website delivers “a surprisingly realistic sense of what it could look like” if your home address is struck by the ravages of climate change. To illustrate its point, CNN provided an Artificial Intelligence-manipulated photo of New York City’s Times Square engulfed in wildfire smoke.

Newsflash – wildfires have not engulfed New York City any time since SUVs were invented, nor will wildfires ever engulf New York City. Even if wildfires ever do engulf some area within hundreds of miles of New York City, the wildfires would almost certainly have been started by arsonists than climate change.

If we are going to talk about global warming and any alleged consequences, we have to look at global data. Although this past year has seen more wildfires than usual in California, with climate activists and their media sock puppets blaming global warming, NASA satellite instruments have been measuring the amount of land burned globally by wildfires since the 1990s. According to NASA, lands burned by wildfires have decreased by 24 percent since the satellite measurements first began.

Wildfires have always occurred on this planet and always will. When wildfires substantially decline as temperatures modestly warm – in conjunction with more precipitation and a greening of the Earth with more vegetation – it is counterfactual and dishonest to point to the fewer wildfires that still occur and claim that global warming is causing those that still occur.

No, CNN, wildfires are not destroying New York City, nor will they ever do so.James TaylorJames Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland’s Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

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Tom Halla
October 18, 2021 6:06 am

CNN is doubling down on stupid, as usual.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 18, 2021 6:22 am

We got to re-quantify stupid, it is way past double or even triple.

alastair gray
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 18, 2021 6:28 am

Not stupid. Malign dishonesty

Reply to  alastair gray
October 18, 2021 7:19 am

People who call the ever repeating deliberate practice of propaganda,fearmongering and inflammatory speach stupid are the real stupid,
as they rather call someone names instead of realising that an evil plan is being executed .

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 18, 2021 8:53 am

That article addresses 3 minutes of my life that I will never get back, simply from trying to figure out just how brain-dead dumb the people are who come up with that idiocy.

Then I realized, as all of you seem to have done, that they haven’t a clue about how things really work in the Real World because they don’t live in the Real World – no matter what they say or do.

Ron Long
Reply to  Sara
October 18, 2021 10:27 am

Actually, Sara, your 3 minutes may not have been wasted, as the image of smoke in Times Square is very possible. The first time I walked around Times Square, due to a morbid curiosity and to check off a bucket list, I was struck by the obvious attraction the place had for what were obviously Interstellar Tourists (like you say, “they don’t live in the Real World”). Times Square should only be visited with a cross, some tin foil, and a radiation detector. Good luck.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Ron Long
October 18, 2021 1:48 pm

You forgot the garlic and holy water!
A wooden stack and a tactical 12 gauge might come in handy as well!

Abolition Man
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 18, 2021 1:46 pm

At least they got that story about Joe Rogan using horse dewormer right. Not!

Tom Halla
Reply to  Abolition Man
October 18, 2021 1:52 pm

The online clips of Rogan eviscerating Sanjay Gupta, the medical editor for CNN is classic.

October 18, 2021 6:07 am

‘Walk toward the fire.’
Embrace the discord. Refute fear with facts.
Continue until only facts remain.
This are the fascinating truths of WUWT.
Viva la revolution!
Stop the maniacal religion of climate guilt.

October 18, 2021 6:09 am

It got down to 54 degrees F this morning in central Florida.

Reply to  John Shewchuk
October 18, 2021 8:55 am

44F this morning in NE Illinois. Nice, crispy Autumn day!

Reply to  Sara
October 18, 2021 9:24 am

38 central maine. good sleeping weather

D. J. Hawkins
October 18, 2021 6:11 am

No, CNN, wildfires are not destroying New York City, nor will they ever do so

One can dream, can’t one?

John Tillman
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 18, 2021 6:26 am
D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  John Tillman
October 18, 2021 6:41 am

Something I did not know, thank your for sharing.

John Tillman
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 18, 2021 11:35 am

You’re welcome. Lots of fires in the boroughs of NYC over the centuries, but few wild, even when most of the city was farm or woodland. But forest and brush fires in the Jersey Pine Barrens are pretty common.

4E Douglas
Reply to  John Tillman
October 18, 2021 9:40 am

Here’s something I happed to stumble across this AM:
HURRICANE CAROL, HAZEL AND EDNA HIT ATLANTIC COAST 1954 FILM “THE THREE FURIES” 42194 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
Climate Emergency!Climate Emergency!!! everyone into the street!
H/T “The Russians are Coming.”
Note this was 1954…

Richard Page
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 18, 2021 6:34 am

Probably not. While it’s mildly amusing to think of Times Square and Wall st. going up in flames with ecoinvestors rushing round, tearing their hair out and screaming about their money going up in smoke, the downside would be pretty bad.

bill Johnston
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 18, 2021 7:01 am

Would that be classed as urban renewal??

Reply to  bill Johnston
October 18, 2021 12:58 pm

That was Seattle. Urban renewal via mostly peaceful protests.

October 18, 2021 6:26 am

And now, if you are able to watch UK TV programmes you can look forward to all your favourite soaps co-operating during COP26 to push the climate change agenda.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alba
October 18, 2021 7:23 am

Michael Mann must be proud of his efforts to scare people unnecessarily.

He would have to be proud, wouldn’t he? After all, this was his goal, wasn’t it?

Reply to  Alba
October 18, 2021 7:29 am

And exactly the same way these soaps are being controlled and synchronized
is science and politics.

Funny thing btw: if you tell this to a woke they would call it a conspiracy theory until they read it from an authorativ source,and then they will claim that it’s just a cooperation (while in fact this sort “cooperation” has been going on for years,be it the promotion of wars,the Russian collusion,AGW or the protection of Hunter biden)

October 18, 2021 6:30 am

Many years ago I sat in an airport and was forced to watch cnn. It was pure propaganda then and has only gotten worse. When lies are all you have screeching them at the top of your lungs is your only choice.

Craig W
October 18, 2021 6:39 am

Sounds like they are having a fake news fire sale.

October 18, 2021 6:49 am

CNN has been losing viewers in recent years, although since the coronavirus outbreak has been pulling in a far larger audience than usual.

Statista,Top cable news networks U.S. 2021, by number of viewers

I can’t say that nobody watches CNN but almost nobody does.

October 18, 2021 6:57 am

I disagree. If the greens have their way, New York will be a depopulated forest ripe for wildfires in a couple of hundred years

Reply to  Leo Smith
October 18, 2021 10:18 am

But that can hold true for many major cities, not just NYC. If Lake Michi Gaum keeps rising, Chicago might be inundated beyond the ability of the Army Corps of Engineers to control the increased water volume.

October 18, 2021 6:59 am

Can this CoP come too soon?

I just wish they’d leave the ayahuasca, crystal meth etc alone and stop tripping.

“a surprisingly realistic sense of what it could look like” if your home address is struck by the ravages of climate change. “

The forecast for today was rain. They have weather radar etc (as well as the models) and they cannot get the daily forecast right.

CNN are pushing their nightmare vision of what it could look like. But just like Ehrlich, they’re hopelessly wrong.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  fretslider
October 18, 2021 7:16 am

Yet you have forgotten that as the UK Wet Office have stated on several occasions, predicting the climate a hundred years into the future is a lot easier than predicting the weather a few days in advance!!!! Their puter models tell them so!!! They are programmed with the best available information, & they can perform millions of calculations per second, unfortunately the Wet Office doesn’t realise that it doesn’t matter how powerful a computer may be, it merely arrives at the wrong answer that much faster, especially if GIGO is in operation!!!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 18, 2021 7:25 am

“as the UK Wet Office have stated on several occasions, predicting the climate a hundred years into the future is a lot easier than predicting the weather a few days in advance!!!!”

That’s funny! 🙂

Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 18, 2021 7:25 am

I haven’t forgotten that the Corrupted News Network is no different to the Biased Broadcasting Corporation.

Even propaganda has a public/private element to it.

Jeff Labute
October 18, 2021 7:02 am

So they put an orange blob in the middle of Times Square. CNN, is that some sort of Trump joke? If you paid for AI I think you should get a refund.

October 18, 2021 7:11 am

I hope CNN is charging Super Bowl advertising rates during the month of COP26 for its agenda news (ad) placements.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 18, 2021 1:31 pm

The CNN presstitutes are willing to give it away for free. CNN’s pimp at the top wants to spread Disaster Disease without even the benefit of a few minutes of pleasure.

Thus the streetwalking presstitutes’ orders. “If they won’t pay, give it away.”

(My apologies to all the real pros in the oldest profession; no free samples and leave ’em smiling, eh? That is not CNN.)

Tom Abbott
October 18, 2021 7:29 am

From the article: “When wildfires substantially decline as temperatures modestly warm”

it’s even worse than that. Temperatures are actually cooling modestly and have been doing so during the current fire season.

Human-caused Climate Change is not visible, and is certainly not having an effect on wildfires anywhere on Earth.

October 18, 2021 7:39 am

Now hold on a minute. It seems only yesterday that Gore , Kerry and the media were predicting that in a few years time rising sea levels would be totally engulfing Manhatten’s streets, squares and office malls. Can you have a wild fire when you are several meters underwater ?

Reply to  mikewaite
October 18, 2021 9:16 am

Can you have a wild fire when you are several meters underwater ?

That magic CO2 can do anything!

Reply to  mikewaite
October 18, 2021 1:36 pm

Well, yeah… if you use magnesium instead of aluminum.
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October 18, 2021 7:45 am

According to Wikipedia a wildfire is in an area of combustible vegetation and uncontrollable. Outrageous exaggeration happens a lot at CNN.

October 18, 2021 8:07 am

Clown News Network substantiates its clown credentials once again.

Abolition Man
Reply to  leowaj
October 18, 2021 1:58 pm

If only we could require that the on-air staff wear round, red noses! I’ll bet that would get a few dozen more viewers watching just to laugh uproariously; that’d really jump viewership numbers!

October 18, 2021 8:15 am

Is this claim by CNN the equivalent of (literally) shouting fire in a crowded metropolis?

October 18, 2021 8:18 am

Maybe CNN is participating in deflection news at this point….

U.K., Europe natural gas prices see spike on fading hopes of more Gazprom supplies (

October 18, 2021 8:26 am

Stop the lying MSM and life goes back to a better normal

Andy H
October 18, 2021 8:27 am

CNN report that Time Square is “Fiery but mostly peaceful”.

There is more chance of New York burning due to riots in 2024 than global warming in the next 100 years.

October 18, 2021 8:29 am

It is the Communist Newsless Network….just don’t watch it …don’t do it.

October 18, 2021 8:52 am

I guess the evolving energy crisis will not really happen because CNN will not cover it.

Matt Kiro
October 18, 2021 8:54 am

Instead of using AI to create false pictures of a catastrophe, why don’t these reporters go back through the billions of actual photos of flooded towns from 1850-1950? Most of them can even be found online now.

Andy Pattullo
October 18, 2021 9:25 am

Cartoon News Network. Living up to their standards as usual. No ethics, no purpose but to sell advertising, and no scruples about lying every time they speak.

October 18, 2021 9:53 am

NOAA web pages not available ?
I have tried to look up some of the NOAA data, could not access it, went to the search page✓&
works OK, but none of the links there I’m interested in, and few more that I’m not did not work. Never had any problems in the past.

Subotai Bahadur
October 18, 2021 11:56 am

Even granting that is scientifically false [for wildfires at least] and a fantasy, aren’t we allowed a little fantasy?

Subotai Bahadur

October 18, 2021 1:10 pm

Wildfires, besides requiring a ready source of fuel (grasses, brush, dead wood) and source of ignition – in the last couple centuries, mostly humans), also depends upon congenial environmental conditions.

Given that New York City and environs average about 4 to 4.5 inches of rainfall per month during the normal warm (non-winter) months, it’s pretty tough for general drying out of the wildlands where wildfires happen there in NYC. Not to mention lack of fuel.

Wildfires occur primarily in the western and southern states where they experience dry springs and falls and relatively high winds coming off the Pacific – with a slowdown in wildfires in the midsummer months due to (at least inland of California) annual summer monsoons.

October 18, 2021 1:24 pm

Maybe not wild fires in Times Square, but what about a gaggle of EVs erupting?

Steve Z
October 18, 2021 1:41 pm

Since most of the tall buildings in New York City have steel frames, they would likely melt down long before they caught on fire.

Forests can burn down because the ignition temperature of wood is much lower than that of steel or concrete.

October 18, 2021 2:40 pm

The only thing that ‘Climate Change’ is destroying, is CNN.

October 18, 2021 10:24 pm

Climate change is also causing academics to become serial arsonists who start wildfires. CNN has not reported on that.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 19, 2021 1:02 pm

A friend living on the east coast US, told me today that she heard on the news that California has gotten only 50% of the rain they usually get. I told her it was BS and fearmongering because COP26. Not sure she believed me….

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