Conspiracy

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Climate deniers keep blaming the wrong corps for warming (Contrails? Really?)

Yesterday, we came across a post on “Health Impact News,” a website with COVID conspiracies in its “Top stories this week” column, with a double-coloned-headline that refused to be ignored: URGENT: New documentary proves climate engineering by controlling the weather (NOT ‘global warming’) is destroying life and the planet: immediate danger FAR greater than COVID-19. By […]

Is Q-Congresswoman’s Jewish Space Laser the New GOP normal? (Yes)

Newly elected Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s sparkling reputation as Congress’s newest Q-Anoner had a string of embarrassments last week that have only strengthened calls for her ouster. One was her school shooting denial, and harassment of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg. Another was her “support for executing” Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And then finally there’s […]

February 2nd

Renewable Roundup: Understanding Q-Anon and false beliefs

The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer, began asking certain questions in 1951, when the science delving into Hitler was in its infancy. It is an article of faith on the Right that the only way to oppose tyrants and fanatics, whether Nazis, Communists, or ISIS, is with tyranny and fanaticism. McCarthy, Birchers, Tea Parties, militias, […]

August 17th

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the coronavirus pandemi

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation. In this environment, false narratives – the virus was “planned,” that it originated as a bioweapon, that COVID-19 symptoms are caused by 5G wireless communications technology – have spread like wildfire across social media and other communication platforms. […]

July 28th

Election 2020: How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone on social media these days knows it’s increasingly a divisive landscape. Undoubtedly you’ve heard reports that hackers and even foreign governments are using social media to manipulate and attack you. You may […]

War on Science: Every unhappy conspiracy theorist is unhappy in their own way

The latest issue of the Atlantic magazine, Shadowland, focuses on a topic near and dear to us: conspiracy theories. Though not specific to climate, the parallels are clear and the fact that deniers are basically just motivated conspiracy theorists is, well, undeniable. By Climate Denier Roundup Jeffrey Goldberg’s essay looks at the difference between famous kooks like […]

Ralph Nader: Wrong on Al Gore, now wrong on Tesla (with data!)

You may remember Ralph Nader as the guy who was always running for president against both Democrats and Republicans. I remember seeing him on the ballot when I first started voting almost 20 years ago. I remember thinking that he is always running and never wins, but still, he’s always running. I liked that about […]

January 24th

Climate Change conspiracy site Infowars wants the FBI to check out John Kerry’s hurricane-busting Antarctic energy beam

Media Matters posted a clip from Infowars on Friday that is truly something special. The video’s host is Owen Shroyer, a climate change denier who was named in the defamation suit for his participation in Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook conspiracy theories – and starred in a viral video where a hero of a kid calls him “a fucking idiot” and flips him the bird. On Thursday’s show, […]

Solar Wakeup: Top 5 Anti-Solar Policy Tricks

Yann Brandt, solar entrepreneur and proprietor of SolarWakeup.com (if you’re not receiving his daily wrap-up of news from around the solar industry in your inbox, shame on you), wrote this original piece for his website. When I saw it, I immediately demanded he let me post it here. Thankfully, he acceded to my request: By Yann Brandt, Managing […]

April 18th