Browsing the "war on science" Tag

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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

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheeple? AI maps 20 years of climate conspiracies

It seems like every day there’s a dumb new climate denial conspiracy, but they all boil down to a handful of key messages: it’s not real, it’s not us, it’s not bad, solutions are worse, or regardless of all that, you just can’t trust climate scientists and activists. Which excuse they use depends on the […]

November 22nd

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

COP26: Climate deniers beclown themselves, then cry ‘I’ve been cancelled!’ when people laugh

The disinformation around this year’s climate negotiations got off to a stupid start, got slightly funny and gross there for a minute, and then just gross as a TERF called climate reporters biased. But not to worry, it’s still getting stupider, and more offensive! By Climate Denier Roundup  On the stupid front, a member of the new denial PR […]

November 16th

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

Facebook drives a million views of climate disinformation a day

Facebook’s response to the frequent and well-deserved criticism that it’s a cesspool of climate disinformation (among other degradations) has been to point to its supposed deference to fact checkers,and rating the posts they assess, and its Climate Science Center, a page of accurate information that it touts is getting a hundred thousand views a day. […]

November 8th

69% of Facebook’s climate disinformation coming from ‘Toxic Ten’ publishers

The Center for Countering Digital Hate released a new report yesterday detailing the top climate denial publishers, finding that just 10 outlets account for 69% of the climate denial shared on Facebook, according to their analysis of 6,983 Facebook posts. By Climate Denier Roundup The assortment of inglorious outlets shouldn’t be a surprise, with Breitbart topping the list (earning […]

November 4th

COP26: Climate denier disinfo off to the stupidest possible start (Biden closed his eyes!)

Yesterday we tried to warn you about expected disinformation around COP26tried to warn you about expected disinformation around COP26, and today we’re coming at you with the freshest piles of denier BS. By Climate Denier Roundup For example, a Koch/Heritage guy in the Koch/Heritage Daily Signal wrote that one of the big three things people should know […]

November 3rd

“They’re Lying”: Lots of climate misinformation detected during testimony of Big Oil CEOs

Fossil fuel executives who testified Thursday at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing focused on decades of coordinated industry misinformation refused to pledge that their companies will stop lobbying against efforts to combat the climate emergency driven largely by their businesses. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams That joint refusal came in response to a challenge from Rep. Carolyn […]

October 30th

Scary climate stories, just in time for Halloween

Ever since goth archetype Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley invented Science Fiction when writing Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus  two centuries ago, the genre has dealt with how humans use technology, sometimes for the better (at least at first) and more often for the worst. It serves as both a promise and a warning of our potential to change the world. […]

October 29th

EVs cost MUCH less to operate (unless you make somebad-faith BS assumptions)

Last week, the Detroit Free Press covered a report from Anderson Economic Group that claims that gassing up a traditional car is cheaper than recharging an electric one, based on its CEO Patrick Anderson’s experience with the electric Porsche Taycan he bought. Bad Climate Denier Roundup If it seems odd for an economic report to rely on […]

October 28th

Ahead of historic house hearing, another Big Oil disinformation campaign exposed

An investigation by HEATED and Earther revealed Wednesday that fossil fuel industry advertising in some of the most popular U.S. political newsletters “has exploded” as Democrats in Congress prepare to grill leaders of oil majors and trade groups about their contributions to climate disinformation. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Journalists Emily Atkin and Molly Taft examined ads in Punchbowl News’ daily political email […]

October 28th