A geologist who created an app that counters climate alarmism suspects Al Gore’s membership on Apple’s board might have something to do with the removal of the app from the tech giant’s platform.
Gregory Wrightstone, with more than three decades of experience in geology, told the Daily Signal it’s “very rare for an app to be approved and then taken down unless there is offensive material or some other extreme issue.”
His app, “Inconvenient Facts,” points out there are “more polar bears now than we’ve had for 50 years,” the recent pause of 18 years in warming despite the rise in CO2, modern warming began long before SUVs or coal-fired plants and the current warming trend is “neither unusual nor unprecedented.”
Wrightstone is the author of the book “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.”
“We thought at first it may have been our fault,” he said of the removal of his app. “But I did a search on climate change and global warming in the Apple App Store and pulled up a whole bevy of pro-man-made global warming apps that are really bad. They are not formatted, they have incorrect spellings and no links. But I suppose they have the political narrative right. Compared to these, our app is the gold standard. I made sure we had charts and links and references to the source for our data. This is all right in the palm of your hand.”
The Daily Signal noted Gore’s climate campaign was the subject of the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and the 2017 follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
Wrightstone’s app was downloaded some 13,000 times after its approval in February until March when Apple pulled the plug, the report said.
It got many positive reviews.
“A key takeaway here is that Apple has a monopoly over iPhone apps and the Apple App Store is the only place to get them,” Wrightstone said. “It appears that Apple has chosen to weaponize its control over purchasing apps to stifle science that doesn’t conform to its politically correct notions.”
Apple did not respond to the Daily Signal’s request for comment.
The report explained the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a Christian public policy group that favors free market approaches to environmental policy, recently published a commentary critical of Apple.
It concludes that the company’s decision to reject the Inconvenient Facts app “smacks of censorship.”
It’s been a little more than 10 years since Gore made his famous prediction that within five to seven years, it was likely that the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely free of ice during summer months.
On that anniversary, The Gateway Pundit blog recalled Gore’s remarks to the United Nations Climate Change in Copenhagen on Dec. 13, 2009, referencing computer models by scientists.
“Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” said Gore.
However, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute, there has been no trend in Arctic sea ice for the past 12 years.
In January 2006, Gore promoted warnings of a “true planetary emergency” due to global warning, stating that “within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.”
Nevertheless Gore is still widely regarded as the Paul Revere of global warming. Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth” spread his message of impending global cataclysm. But a decade after it debuted, the Blaze found that eight of his key dire predictions didn’t come to pass:
- Sea levels could rise 20 feet with the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets: Sea levels have increased at the same rate as when they were first recorded. The South Pole is gaining more ice than it’s losing. And Greenland’s melting cycle appears to be regular.
- CO2 is the control knob for temperature: Satellite data have shown no increase in average global temperature for two decades despite a constant increase in CO2. The Sun, meanwhile, appears to be a more likely cause, with scientists noting the Sun has been “quieter” over that period of time.
- Hurricane Katrina was man-made and the new normal: After Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the U.S. experienced the longest stretch ever recorded of no Category 3 hurricanes landing on its soil.
- Severe tornadoes are increasing: F3+ tornadoes have been declining for more than 60 years. The overall number of tornadoes had been unusually low in the previous three years. An overall upward trend can be explained by new technology to detect them.
- Polar bears are dying: There are more polar bears now than when Al Gore was born.
- The Arctic is melting: It was gaining ice, and 2015 saw the largest refreezing in more than a decade.
- The Sahel in Africa is drying up: The region south of the Sahara desert had gained the most flora density since the advent of satellites.
- CO2 is pollution: Agriculture benefits from CO2, which acts as an airborne fertilizer that increases plant growth and causes plants to need less water.
When his sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” illustrated sea water reaching the site of the 9/11 Memorial, as he had predicted, he used footage of Superstorm Sandy.
“Ten years ago, when the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ came out, the single most criticized scene was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea-level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 9/11 memorial site, which was then under construction. And people said, ‘That’s ridiculous. What a terrible exaggeration.'”
The movie then shows news footage of Superstorm Sandy water reaching the memorial site.
But Newsbusters pointed out the original prediction “was not about extenuating circumstances of a storm like Sandy slamming into New York or any ‘storm surge’ at all.”
“It was about the sea level rise that would be generated as (he predicted) ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica escalated dramatically.”
Columnist John Stossel wrote in WND that Gore’s been “scaremongering.”
“In his new movie, Gore visits Miami Beach. No storm, but streets are flooded! Proof of catastrophe! But in a new e-book responding to Gore’s film, climate scientist Roy Spencer points out that flooding in ‘Miami Beach occurs during high tides called ‘king tides,’ due to the alignment of the Earth, sun and moon. For decades they have been getting worse in low-lying areas of Miami Beach where buildings were being built on reclaimed swampland.’
“It’s typical Al Gore scaremongering: Pick a place that floods every year and portray it as evidence of calamity.”
And as for conserving energy, the Daily Caller pointed out that Gore’s home in Nashville consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours of electricity during one year.
“A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,” the report said.