Browsing the "war on science" Tag

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Fake environmentalist Mike Shellenberger spreads fake talking points to promote lie-filled book

We first mentioned nuclear power-lover and renewable-hating former environmentalist Michael Shellenberger back in 2015, when he accused the Pope of blasphemy (among other things). By 2018 his anti-renewable schtick was catching on with the paid-by-fossil-fuels denial crowd, for example in his embrace of pollution-publicist Steve Milloy’s argument that a little nuclear radiation is perfectly safe. By Climate Denier Roundup Now […]

War on Science: The Far Right’s absurd war on masks (in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic)

The chief cultural signifier of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, low-cost, high-impact coverings are simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate. Our top political leaders’ failure to produce, distribute, and require them en masse when the pandemic first spread ranks somewhere between stupid and criminal. By Jim […]

July 6th

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 […]

An Illustrated History of Government Agencies Twisting the Truth to Align With White House Misinformation

It has become a familiar pattern: President Donald Trump says something that doesn’t line up with the facts held by scientists and other experts at government agencies. Then, instead of pushing back, federal officials scramble to reconcile the fiction with their own public statements.  By Eric Umansky ProPublica It happened in March, when Trump pushed […]

June 28th

‘Outrageous and Chilling’: Police Condemned for Charging Peaceful Environmentalists With ‘Terrorizing’ in Louisiana

At least 40 U.S. climate and environmental advocacy groups on Friday rallied behind two Louisiana Bucket Brigade activists who are facing felony “terrorizing” charges for leaving a box of plastic pellets collected from Texas waters near a coastal Formosa Plastics facility on the doorstep of a fossil fuel lobbyist in December 2019. By Jessica Corbett […]

June 28th

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance of masks and social distancing to “anti-vaxxers” in their “amazing” refusal to […]

June 27th

Pro-polluter tag-team of Milloy and Zycher remind us why RealClear is RealBad

With the Daily Caller supposedly pivoting to more respectable and non-partisan content, you might be wondering where the PR agents for pollution will go to publish their “I reject your reality and substitute my own” takes now. It’s increasingly looking like the RealClear franchise is earning its Koch money. Its publication of only-barely-veiled fossil fuel propaganda hasn’t slowed […]

7 Ways the Trump admin is trashing the climate (With video!)

Many environmental protections in the United States can be traced back to the first Earth Day in 1970, which generated support for creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Clean Air and Water Acts. Environmental safeguards are critical to protecting Americans and ensuring sustainable economic growth. Unfortunately, over the last three and a half […]

June 18th

Feds are attacking the basis of solar energy. 450 green groups tell them “Hands off!”

Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a proposal from a secretive rightwing organization that would upend policies seen as “foundational to achieving the nation’s urgently-needed clean and just energy transition.” The call comes in a letter (pdf) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and concerns the New England […]

June 17th

“But her emails”! Seriously, Daily Caller goes there. Again. Against Lisa Jackson.

On Friday morning, we laughed at the Daily Caller’s new majority owner Neil Patel claiming the now-Tucker-Carlson-Free outlet will “not be partisan in any way.” How long did it take before our skepticism was justified by an obviously partisan story? Approximately seven hours and 45 minutes. By Climate Denier Roundup On Thursday, Apple tapped its environmental director […]

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 […]

Exxon Knew: Hack-for-Hire operation targeted groups fighting for climate action

The Canadian digital watchdog group Citizen Lab reported Tuesday that a hack-for-hire group targeted thousands of organizations around the world, including climate advocacy groups involved in the #ExxonKnew campaign. Groups that have asserted ExxonMobil knew about and hid data linking fossil fuel extraction to the climate crisis for years were among those that faced phishing attempts by a group […]

June 14th

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

California approves 12 more new fracking permits – during the Coronavirus pandemic!

While California continues to be portrayed as a “green” and “progressive” state by state officials and the mainstream media, the reality is much different, as I have revealed in hundreds of articles exposing the state’s environmentally unjust fossil fuel and water policies. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulators continue to approve new oil drilling and fracking permits […]

June 13th

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