War on Science

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Racist Tucker Carlson sells his stake at climate denying Daily Caller (And lies about it)

Over the years, we’ve spent a lot of time calling out the Daily Caller for its misogyny, white supremacy, climate denial, fake–fact-checks, Trump EPA bootlicking, its repeatedly pitiful, mean, and hilariously backfiring gotcha attempts (remember when they tried to catch AOC driving, only to find her walking?), its apparent obliviousness to its own Koch funding, and once more for good measure, its climate denial. By Climate Denier Roundup But you might’ve noticed that we haven’t talked about them […]

Book Review: Why Science Denialism Persists

Years of astronomical sightings and calculations had convinced Galileo that the Earth, rather than sitting at the center of things, revolved around a larger body, the sun. But when he laid out his findings in widely shared texts, as astrophysicist Mario Livio writes in “Galileo and the Science Deniers,” the ossified Catholic Church leadership — […]

June 14th

Seeing is believing: how media mythbusting can actually make false beliefs stronger

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, politicians, medical experts and epidemiologists have taught us about flattening curves, contact tracing, R0 and growth factors. At the same time, we are facing an “infodemic” – an overload of information, in which fact is hard to separate from fiction. Misinformation about coronavirus can have serious consequences. Widespread […]

June 11th

If Trump wins re-election, you can kiss environmental protection goodbye

Donald Trump has been using cover of COVID-19 and his wannabe strongman response to Black Lives Matter protests to continue his pro-polluter agenda, recently with an Executive Order tossing basic environmental protections out the window under guise of economic recovery.   By Climate Denier Roundup Fortunately, this appears to be yet another pointless distraction., As Niina […]

Witnesses tell House hearing how the Coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted environmental injustice

Two congressional committees held hearings Tuesday that raised the matter of environmental injustice amid the national protests and the conversation about systemic racism sparked by the killing of unarmed, handcuffed African American George Floyd two weeks ago. As long as the Senate remains under Republican control, of course, the chances any legislation will pass Congress are slim […]

June 11th

BLM to NEPA – If Trump has his way, NONE of us will be able to breathe

Last week, Donald Trump took this country further down the road toward authoritarianism. He called on elected officials across the country to “dominate” and use violence against peaceful protestors. He called thousands of National Guard and members of unidentified militias into our nation’s capital. The National Guard used helicopters to intimidate and forcibly disperse protesters. […]

June 10th

BLM: Climate change deniers continue to play the victim (while indigenous activists are murdered)

Between removing statues of slavers, Andrew Sullivan not being allowed to publish his literally white-supremacist take on the George Floyd protest, the Philly Inquirer’s editor resigning over an “All Buildings Matter” headline, James Bennet’s resignation as the New York Times editorial page editor after his failure to even read, much less edit or fact check, Tom Cotton’s call for the military to Ohio protesters, and Roger Pielke Jr.’s assessment […]

Climate change deniers switch from racism to misogyny (for a change) to attack Dr. Katherine Hayhoe

In Wednesday’s DR we were somewhat surprised to report that Marc Morano was going after NASA’s Dr. Peter Kalmus for harassment, targeting a man for a change. But true to form, Morano followed the Kalmus-outrage-manufacturing with a similar post targeting NASA’s Dr. Kate Marvel for her solidarity tweet that said “we’ll never head off climate catastrophe without dismantling white supremacy,” […]

In targeted strike against environmental and racial justice, Trump EPA curbs states’ right to reject fossil fuel projects

With the nation focused on the coronavirus pandemic and protests against U.S. police brutality that have sprung up across the globe, the Trump administration continues to quietly attack federal policies that protect public health and the environment to limit the legal burdens faced by planet-wrecking fossil fuel companies. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a final […]

It’s not just fossil fuels – A nexus of ‘carbon-connected’ industries is blocking climate action

Back in 2017, when President Trump promised to bring back coal jobs, the fact that Arby’s employed more Americans than the coal industry went viral, and people realized just what a small subset of the population it is that is profiting off of climate change. The idea that only the fossil fuel industry is profiting from climate change, however, may […]

James Enstrom: How Big Tobacco’s favorite researcher weaseled his work in to the EPA

There are only a handful of credentialed deniers still alive and generating nominally peer-reviewed papers to support their fundamentally anti-regulatory agenda. Over at InsideClimateNews, Marianne Lavelle recently dove into the long, downward slide of the scientific career of James Enstrom, once a respectable up-and-coming physicist before diving into the world of tobacco-funded anti-regulatory pseudoscience. By Climate Denier Roundup His story […]

Climate change deniers hate experts – like the healthcare pros who say climate change is now a cause of death.

Last week, researchers from Harvard and the American Cancer Society published a commentary piece in the ACS’s journal about the ways in which cancer and climate change interact. By making extreme weather more intense and frequent, climate change is exposing more people to industrial pollution through floods and wildfires that release otherwise buried or contained carcinogens. Those […]