Claim: "Climate denial groups are exploiting Facebook in the months before the election to reach new audiences by microtargeting older white men more susceptible to climate disinformation. For as little as $300 the groups can reach more than 1 million."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), pledged to take action against the company if it does not do more to stop the reach of climate falsehoods. Warren said the company must be held accountable for its role in the climate crisis and that the report "reveals how Facebook lets climate deniers spread dangerous junk to millions of people." "We have repeatedly asked Facebook to close the loopholes that allow misinformation to run rampant on its platform, but its leadership would rather make a quick buck while our planet burns, sea levels rise, and communities — disproportionately Black and Brown — suffer," she said in a statement.
"Facebook allows these ads to go out under the radar and to have potentially devastating effects within the target population before anyone who knows what they're talking about [and] has any chance to respond and point out that what's being spread is a pack of lies," Whitehouse said.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. The Rhode Island Democrat said airlines, in particular, must do more to address their carbon footprint in return for federal financial assistance..."If they want to bail out the airline industry, then the airline industry better damn well be ready to clean up its act in terms of carbon emissions offsets," Whitehouse said. "It can be done, they can do it, and the taxpayer should make sure they're performing it." ...
Whitehouse said he would seek to include carbon offsets as part of any stimulus for carbon-intensive industries. Another potential ask: a "menu" of other climate actions, such as tax incentives for clean energy. "There would be a menu: We'd probably want a tax extender; we'd want a price on carbon; we'd have a long, long list — and don't even get me started on the cruise ships," Whitehouse said.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Robert Flanders is going on the air with his first TV ad, featuring an actor portraying climate activist Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse -- who has given over Senate 200 speeches on climate -- as a climate obsessed "doofus." In the ad, Sen. Whitehouse responds with only the words "climate change" to every single question he gets asked -- "including what speed he was driving."
The ad concludes: "If climate change is your only issue, Sheldon Whitehouse is your senator," the narrator says, before an elderly woman calls Whitehouse 'kind of a doofus.'"
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who is in Bonn, said the timing of the Heartland conference was meant to confuse the public on the issue of climate change during the U.N. conference. “Trump is a dream come true for the climate denial operation, which has always craved legitimacy,” Whitehouse said. “Trump being willing to send government officials to one of these phony-baloney things is really regrettable because there’s no science behind it.”
Harvard Mag: These are all important questions—but even they ignore a central certainty that no one appears to be addressing: what Dan Schrag calls “climate change’s dirty little secret.” “Even if we could become carbon-neutral tomorrow,” says the director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, “the climate will keep changing for thousands of years, the ice sheets will keep melting, and the seas will continue to rise.”
Climate Depot's Marc Morano: "So now an allegedly esteemed Harvard professor admits that controlling the climate is futile. Are we supposed to be surprised at this 'secret' that climate skeptics have always known? Even the climate activists will now have to concede that the climate will not stop changing if we refuse to enact the UN Paris pact and the Green New Deal."
Philip Stott, professor emeritus of Biogeography at the University of London, points out that “climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically-selected factor [CO2], is as misguided as it gets. It's scientific nonsense."