Breitbart has outsized influence over climate change denial on Facebook, report says
Breitbart is the most influential producer of climate change denial posts on Facebook, according to a report released Tuesday that suggests a small number of publishers play an outsized role in creating content that undermines climate science.
The far-right news and commentary site is one of just ten publishers responsible for nearly 70 percent of interactions with climate change denial content on Facebook, according to a study by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), shared exclusively with The Washington Post. This group of publishers, nicknamed the “Toxic Ten” by CCDH, includes organizations with links to foreign governments, such as Russia Today, as well as with ties to fossil fuel giants, such as Media Research Center.
The report includes a broad range of climate disinformation, including articles that undermine the existence or impacts of climate change or misrepresent data in ways that might erode trust in climate science experts.
This includes a Breitbart story published in March that suggested the Green New Deal, proposed legislation to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, would likely result in mass lockdowns if passed into law.
“Every major environmental figure [and] climate activist has praised the COVID [coronavirus] lockdowns as essentially a model for what we should be doing with climate,” the article reads.
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Coronavirus lockdowns are a preview of what would be permanently imposed on Americans if the Green New Deal were to be enacted as law, explained Marc Morano, author of Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse than You Think and editor of Climate Depot, on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption.
Morano noted, “Every major environmental figure [and] climate activist has praised the COVID [coronavirus] lockdowns as essentially a model for what we should be doing with climate, so that gives you an idea of where they want to go with the Green New Deal.”
“It’s an endless parade of human-punishing regulations,” he added.
He added, “We need to be on guard for this, because if we leave them to their own devices, they will do this. They will force us to start giving up immeasurable amounts of freedom, telling us that that’s necessary to save Earth.”
Democrats and the broader left regularly frame “climate change” as a function of the burning of fossil fuels.
Morano noted lockdown decrees amount to manufactured depressions and are modern manifestations of decades-old left-wing political advocacy marketed as “environmentalism.”
“What is a lockdown but a planned recession?” he asked. “I’ve been to multiple U.N. summits where they actually openly talked about — years ago, long before anyone heard of COVID — [how] we need planned recessions in order to fight global warming. The less economic activity, the better for the planet. … When you now hear that they want a lockdown every other year to fight climate change, that’s consistent with what they’ve been saying since the 1970s.”
Morano noted that Green Fraud contains nearly 100 pages of footnotes documenting claims, proposals, and other statements from left-wing figures — activists, academics, bureaucrats, celebrities, and politicians — regarding “climate change.”
Morano highlighted left-wing advocacy for eating insects as a substitute for meat, ostensibly to combat “global warming.”
“They’re pushing insect eating,” he remarked. “Nicole Kidman from Hollywood has been doing videos on this. You have the World Economic Forum [and] the United Nations pushing it. I feature climate activists talking about all the protein in insects. This is an all-out attack on meat. So even though it’s funny to laugh about farting cows, and we do laugh, it’s an actual another part of an agenda [sic], they’re they’re trying to change how we live.”
He continued, “When you hear [about] farting cows, that is their attack on meat-eating. … The United Nations climate chief wants restaurants to force meat eaters — like they used to do with smokers — to the back of the restaurant or outside. They want to ban start banning meat-eating across the country.”
He added, “They also are promoting these processed vegetable burgers made of 30 ingredients. Al Gore’s on a goal to be the world’s first fake-meat billionaire. He had an IPO timed with the United Nations meat-eating report.”
Morano identified the leftist connections between ostensibly public-health-related lockdown decrees, the Great Reset, and “climate change” advocacy in terms of increasing centralization of state power.
President Joe Biden’s opposition to fossil fuel production and consumption increases the risk of future wars over energy and other resources, Morano warned.
He said, “We are trading American energy dominance [for energy dependence]. For the first time since 1952, America, under President [Donald] Trump, actually had more energy exports than imports. We were the largest producer of oil and gas in the world. Joe Biden’s first acts are to shut down fracking, shut down the remaining economy, shut down any mining in the U.S.”
“All that’s going to do is make endless wars possible,” he concluded, “and then make them necessary as we’re going to now fight over mineral rights.”