Browsing the "war on science" Tag

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Climate denier media confused and irritated by President Biden’s environmental justice experts knowing stuff about infrastructure

Having tried, and largely failed, to turn public opinion against President Biden’s infrastructure plan by claiming it’s all about climate change (something the vast majority of people want action on) the right is still struggling to find an attack that’s actually relevant and will stick. By Climate Denier Roundup For example, Benji Backer of the […]

CAN we nudge climate deniers into doing the right thing?

A new blog post at Columbia University’s State of the Planet by student journalist Allison Day caught our eye yesterday, because its headline made quite a bold promise: How to nudge climate deniers into doing the right thing. By Climate Denier Roundup Headline use of the now-mostly-debunked-for-big-decisions concept of a public policy “nudge” aside, the post references […]

‘Don’t be Socialist, just be like Denmark’, confused conservative climate activist advises

April Fool’s Day is supposed to be on the first, but apparently the Koch-y, COVID-deniers at AIER are running a few days behind, because on the 4th they published something that has got to be a gag. “Stop greenwashing socialism,” the headline read for the piece by the American Conservation Coalition’s National Policy Director, Christopher Barnard. While […]

EPA Chief purging Trump-era advisors to ‘Focus on science and reduce industry influence’

In a move aimed at restoring the role of science at—and public trust in—the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Michael Regan announced Wednesday that more than 40 advisers appointed by former President Donald Trump will be fired from the agency. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The Washington Post reports Regan’s purge will include Trump appointees who informed EPA […]

April 6th

Spring cleaning at the EPA – Trump’s shills to be replaced with science believers

Hey nerds esteemed readers! Any of you think you’ve got what it takes to be on the EPA’s soon-to-be once-again science- and fact-based Science Advisory Board? (Or know someone who does?) If so, now’s your chance! Since polluters (illegally) muddied the panels that inform the EPA’s regulatory process, incoming administrator Michael Regan has decided to do some much-needed spring cleaning and […]

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 […]

A plague of fake news and disinformation: A history of libel, conspiracy and hope at Passover

Tonigh, Jewish families and their friends will be celebrating the first night of the week of Passover, with the most convivial gathering of the year: the Seder meal. The Seder celebrates the memory of Exodus, when a people bound to labour in Egypt for centuries gained its freedom. So profound was this experience that survivors and […]

March 26th

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 […]

Amazon wants to be a climate champion (but profits from climate denial)

In a 2013 study, Riley Dunlap and Peter Jacques analyzed how climate denial books are closely tied to organized denial think tanks, and while most consensus climate books are accurate and peer reviewed, Dunlap and Jacques concluded that “at least 90% of denial books do not undergo peer review, allowing authors or editors to recycle scientifically unfounded […]

Sky News starting first daily climate news show, but still platforms plenty of climate deniers

Starting on April 7th, there will be a daily prime time news program about climate change on Sky News. With extreme weather like floods being worsened by climate change, and denier politicians rerunning debunked old conspiracy theories in it’s former owner Rupert Murdoch’s native Australia, it’s not a moment too soon! By Climate Denier Roundup Because just like in the US […]

Even thought big oil knew FOR DECADES it was destroying the planet, deniers still spin conspiracy theories

A study published last month found air pollution from fossil fuels was responsible for one in five deaths in 2018. It was a dramatic finding, but it wasn’t exactly surprising for those in the field. Especially, it turns out, to Big Oil itself. As early as the 1960s, Oliver Milman reports at the Guardian, “the oil industry […]