War on Science

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Climate deniers sending 100,000 disinformation pamphlets to teachers because they didn’t learn last time

Having failed to get any real traction for their “Climate at a Glance” website, the disgraced and debunked Heartland Institute recently emailed subscribers to let us know they’d be sending 100,000 printed versions of the website directly to professors and teachers around the U.S. This is hardly the first time deniers have tried to simply mail their way into […]

January 18th

War on science: Antivaxxers won’t trust doctors, but WILL drink urine and take testosterone-blocking trans meds?

FAIR WARNING: Today’s Climate Denier Roundup is not really about climate, but instead features a few stories from climate-denier-adjacent communities, where things are just fantastically and amusingly weird, despite the underlying horror of it all. So you may be excused if you’re busy, but … you’ll be missing out on some fun! (And some entertaining […]

January 12th

Fox ‘news’ continues to spew blazingly false covid and climate propaganda

Efforts to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic under control as we roll into 2022 have not exactly been successful, to put it lightly. Nevertheless, deniers are eager to use what actions have been taken as a cudgel to fearmonger about climate change. By Climate Denier Roundup Back in October of 2020, we called out deniers portraying a call […]

January 11th

Is Facebook consulting Ryan Maue, a climate denier too dishonest for even the Trump administration?

In late 2020, a faltering, one-term, failed coup leader and washed-up reality TV host Donald Trump brought two climate deniers into his fact-adverse, racist, and violence-stoking administration: David Legates and Ryan Maue. The pair then did something incredible. When Legates and Maue slapped an official White House seal onto a bunch of climate denial pamphlets they’d produced, it proved a […]

January 10th

‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception – in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific evidence is the point. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who make a literally Earth-shattering discovery and then try to persuade the president to take action to […]

January 6th

War on Science: How to push back against ‘skeptics’ who exploit uncertainty for political gain

The mathematician Kurt Gödel was obsessed by the fear that he would die by poisoning. He refused to eat a meal unless it was prepared by his wife, the only person he trusted. When she fell ill and was sent to hospital, Gödel died of starvation. His death is sad, but also ironic: The man […]

January 5th

Now with magic crystals! Unwise use of ‘Wise Use’: Meet the new climate denial, same as the old

“It’s not okay anymore to be an outright climate denialist. No one’s going to listen to you.” That’s what Rutgers University professor of media studies Melissa Aronczyk recently told the Washington Post’s Maxine Joselow, for a story about a new study on public relations companies and their work for the energy and environmental industries. By Climate Denier Roundup […]

December 8th

Ghost Authors: Koch climate hoax paper shows peer review can be exploited by bad faith actors

Since our election ghost story proved even more popular than last week’s Alien wobble, we’re keeping this crazy train rolling with another pseudo-supernatural scheme! This time it’s not about candidates that don’t seem to exist, but instead, phantom study authors. By Climate Denier Roundup First, the spooky setting, as exposed by CMD’s David Armiak: in 2020, Charles […]

December 7th

John Stossel attacks fact checkers because now he can’t supplement Koch funding with as much Facebook ad $

When a referee calls a personal foul, do you respect it and clean up your act, or do you double down and attack the ref? Obviously there are bad calls made occasionally, but if every time a call is made against you, you take the refs from the basketball court to a courtroom crying defamation, […]

December 3rd

True cause of climate change revealed! “A ‘Severe Wobble’ of Earth Will Soon Reveal Hidden Planet Nibiru”

Last month, conservative propaganda shop PragerU published a video featuring Steve Koonin, and just like basically everything else he’s ever said about climate, it was swiftly fact-checked and one of his key claims about Greeland’s ice melt was found “mostly false” by Politifact. But of course Facebook’s Instagram didn’t actually do anything but put a tiny note […]

December 2nd

Woke-washing: No, fossil fuel propagandists are not heroes and martyrs

The fossil fuel industry is increasingly engaging in what Amy Westervelt described as “woke-washing.” It’s a form of reputational propaganda that wants you to believe that the industry responsible for inflicting a truly incredible amount of pain and pollution on poor and BIPOC communities is actually their savior and only hope for living happy, healthy […]

December 1st

Edelman, world’s biggest PR firm, has blood on its hands for enabling climate destruction

A group of over 100 climate justice advocates and creators on Monday publicly called on the world’s largest public relations firm—Edelman—to drop ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies as clients. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “Edelman’s fancy ads are giving ExxonMobil social license to operate, and to thereby destroy our climate,” Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine […]

November 20th

Earth Matters: Lying oil giants have some ads they’d like you to forget

In a bullseye story at The Guardian, Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes remind us of the forgotten oil ads that told us climate change was nothing. By Meteor Blades The fossil fuel industry has perpetrated a multi-decade, multibillion dollar disinformation, propaganda and lobbying campaign to delay climate action by confusing the public and policymakers about the climate crisis and its solutions. […]

November 20th

Finding information in climate disinformation around COP26: Superspreaders abound, on Twitter and Facebook

We’ve spent the past few weeks immersed in the social media discussion of COP26, working with an international, collaborative effort to monitor and respond to disinformation in order to prevent it from derailing negotiations. While a daily climate disinfo readout is hardly new for us, having a dashboard aggregating thousands of strategically selected accounts across social platforms […]

November 17th

As COP26 gets serious, climate disinformation gets seriously stupid (And sexist!)

Did you know that President Joe Biden is human? And like most humans, he has a body, and is not a robot. While this may sound rudimentary, it’s apparently a reminder climate deniers need, as after they all made the same exact joke about Biden’s not-even-30-second-slumber party, they focused their attention on a Daily Mail […]

November 10th