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Deniers Accidentally Debunk Their Own Wildfire & Climate Denial

As yet another Hurricane floods the Gulf, the western wildfires remain a center of attention for climate deniers and conspiracy theorists alike. For example, ClimateFeedback has debunked claims that the fires were started by arsonists, and Gizmodo’s covered the crazy claims that it was actually antifa, which led to armed Q-Anon-ers holding multiple reporters of color at gunpoint at their own home-made checkpoints. By […]

September 16th

Europe’s climate change denial movement looks a whole lot like the American version

With the state of Delaware and the city of Charleston, South Carolina joining the effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the climate damages its knowingly caused on the coasts, it’s looking more and more likely that at some point, one of these many cases will succeed in prying open the inner workings of organized denial and […]

September 14th

First Energy corruption held Up as exemplar of dirty energy lobbying in yet another “Genius” move

We recently came across a real “genius” ad campaign by the American Public Gas Association. According to APGA’s program page — where you can watch a video that gives a surprising amount of behind-the-scenes info on their design process and the funding for the three-year campaign — the ad effort “speaks from the heart and mind of today’s homebuyer/remodeler” and praises […]

September 3rd

Election 2020: No, Joe Biden is NOT Satan (despite Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ stupid musings)

A few years back, Dilbert comic creator turned right-wing blogger Scott Adams issued a challenge on Twitter to find “just one” scientist “who says the climate prediction models are credible.” He framed himself as someone just trying to figure out the truth, and provide advice as an expert in persuasion for climate scientists, to educate them on how to convince people […]

September 2nd

QAnon conspiracies starting to overlap with climate denial networks

Hey champ, got a minute? Grab a seat, buddy, it’s time we have… The Talk. You may have noticed some changes recently in your body politic, like hair-brained conspiracy theories growing in new places, or new feelings about your fellow Americans – specifically their seemingly ever-more-tenuous grasp on reality. Don’t worry, you’re right to be concerned, […]

September 1st

Climate change denier complains there aren’t ENOUGH devastating hurricanes

Last week, Pat Michaels, whose “actually CO2 is good”-based career has bounced from one fossil fueled denial organization to another, wrote at the Competitive Enterprise Institute that “the year of the weeniecane may be ending.” In seeking to downplay storms like Isaias, which was second only to Hurricane Sandy in terms of power outages caused by a weather event, and the […]

Sexual harrassment of women in STEM needs to STOP. It’s bad for people, it’s bad for science, it’s bad for business.

In 2018, the National Academies published a consensus report on Sexual Harassment of Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine that explored the fact that while “there are significantly more women entering careers and studying science, engineering, and medicine than ever before,” those women “face biases and barriers and it is not surprising that sexual harassment […]

The Kochs’ Kochtopus grows another arm: “Center For State Policy Analysis” a new think tank

In March of 2019, Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, wrote a scathing criticism of Charles Koch’s “role in parasitizing America’s free market economy and poisoning its democracy and rule of law” on the foundation’s blog. By Climate Denier Roundup […]

Facing lawsuits for false claims, Big Oil’s natural gas ads just got (a tiny bit) cleaner

In 2018, the American Petroleum Institute thought that outreach to Black and Hispanic communities would save it from losing its social license to operate, trying to use people who look like them to sell them on the merits of a product that’s killing them, which we referred to as corporate minstrelism. By Climate Denier Roundup By […]

Gas plant shutdowns caused California blackouts, not renewables (and wasting money on nuclear wouldnt help)

Last week started and ended with more unwelcome signs of climatic collapse, with the rough equivalent of a category 2 hurricane sweeping through Iowa starting the week, and California’s heatwave and wildfires creating a fire tornado to end it. By Climate Denier Roundup The intense heat in California, the hottest in 70 years, has strained its power grid, and over […]

Renewables aren’t causing California’s blackouts (But climate deniers are happy to lie about it)

One of the strangest new approaches climate change deniers have successfully pushed into the mainstream is that bad things happening now will happen more if we take climate action. For example, taking her cues from the WSJ’s editorial board and other deniers, Valerie Richardson of the Washington Times wrote about how people are (wrongly) blaming renewables for the blackouts. […]