Conspiracy Theorists Spun a Web of Disinformation, from Election Fraud to Climate Change

Conspiracy Theorists Spun a Web of Disinformation, from Election Fraud to Climate Change

The January 6th insurrection at the Capitol was the culmination of years of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false narratives pushed by the GOP, the Trump administration, white supremacists, and the far-right — but these tactics are not a surprise to those who work in the climate movement. Indeed, experts like John Schwartz, a science writer for The New York Times, the lies and rhetoric that fueled the riots felt all too familiar. 

Why This Matters:  The fossil fuel industry employed the big tobacco disinformation playbook, a strategy that only became more effective with the onset of the internet age.

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EPA Joins Conservative Social Media Platform Parler

EPA Joins Conservative Social Media Platform Parler

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined Parler, a conservative social media app that claims to promote and protect “freedom of speech.” Since the app’s launch in 2018, it has garnered notoriety for its policy of not fact-checking or censoring content on its platform, placing itself in opposition […]

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Trump Administration Foot Dragging on Next National Climate Assessment

Trump Administration Foot Dragging on Next National Climate Assessment

The next National Climate Assessment is supposed to be released in 2022, but it may be delayed because the Trump Administration is slowing the work by the interagency science group that prepares it, E&ENews reported yesterday.

Why This Matters:  These climate assessments are prepared every four years and provide the major description of what the U.S. can expect from climate change broken down by both region and economic sector.

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Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]

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Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.” NPR’s All Things Considered further explained that “Users in the U.S., […]

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Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

In 2016, social media platforms were revealed to have helped propaganda spread unchecked. As a result, there have been many calls to more stringently regulate and break up social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. In recent weeks though, while Twitter has taken steps to fact-check more of its content (including the President’s), Facebook has […]

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