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Mike Rowe’s newest, dirtiest job as fossil fuel shill shows how big oil co-opts community leaders

Last week the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program published a report on Big Oil’s big lies, going through the industry’s top 10 tactics, the reality of carbon pollution’s out-sized impact on BIPOC and low-income communities, and then 10 tactics for climate justice advocates to fight back By Climate Denier Roundup In some ways, “Fossil Fueled […]

Right wing media echo chamber’s response to Biden’s American Jobs Plan: Lie (and ignore it)

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan rollout yesterday was met with criticisms from the usual suspects of polluting industry lobby groups, former reality TV hosts now banned from social media and politicians with a history of refusing to address a crisis, who once again trotted out tired, false talking points denying the job growth and economic benefits of ambitious climate and infrastructure investments. Conservative […]

You can’t evaluate disinformation without understanding the political agenda behind it

Dr. Joan Donovan’s Technology and Social Change project on Media Manipulation released a report Tuesday on mitigating medical disinformation with a “whole-of-society approach.” While it focuses on how medical misinformation is spread through media manipulation and its audience within the public health community, mentions of COVID-19 and vaccines could just as easily be swapped for […]

Wouldn’t it be cool if news outlets didn’t rent themselves out to the oil industry?

Earlier this month, a Buzzfeed investigation revealed PR giant Edelman was breaking it’s pledge not to work on behalf of climate denial by keeping a Big Oil client. Then with a New York Times piece last week about the increasing unease workers in the advertising industry have with promoting fossil fuels, the CleanCreatives campaign has people thinking, and talking, about the […]

Climate deniers just love playing the victim

Last week, we questioned how Amazon can square its claimed commitment to climate action with its sale of so many climate denial books, with a focus on disinformation dean Marc Morano’s newest offering. By Climate Denier Roundup Quite predictably, Morano (who’s apparently an occasional reader- Hi Marc!) used that single post to claim that “climate […]

Minnesota group that fights against clean mining regulations touts clean mining regulations as reason to mine Minnesota (plus racism!)

This week, the Center for the American Experiment is launching a new ad campaign, complete with a 30-second TV spot and billboards, according to a post about “the harm done by environmentalists,” by CAE head and Power Line blogger John Hinderaker. By Climate Denier Roundup (The same John Hinderaker who once said he is “keeping a sharp […]

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader

The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.   By H. […]

March 19th

Oil industry loves to make ludicrous assumptions about job impact of anti-oil policies

One of the defining features of organized denial is that it’s coordinated and relies on politicians, pundits and industry spokespeople singing from the same hymnal, each validating the other while appearing as though they’re working independently. By Climate Denier Roundup  In Floodlight’s latest investigation, Emily Holden worked with Cooper McKim of Wyoming Public Media to expose […]

Support, or sabotage? Top OECD Secretary candidate runs on embrace of climate policies he’s always fought before

As has become clear thanks to great reporting, the dirty energy industry is fighting dirty to stop climate action and weaken it where it can’t stop it, all while claiming that it’s Very Concerned about climate change. For example, Wednesday (after the bulk of this roundup was already drafted), ExxonMobil graciously embraced federal carbon sequestration — essentially asking for […]

Want to hire a climate denier? There’s a market for that

While it’s usually not particularly difficult to track how dirty-money think tanks, pseudo-media outlets and advocacy groups are related, we recently stumbled across a group that makes it all too easy: Talent Market. Admittedly, we’re a little late to the party. Noam Scheiber at the New York Times called it the “right wing’s casting agency” back […]