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How Propaganda (Actually) Works

James Hoggan | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
James Hoggan

Political propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.

There's an Easy Fix to Stop Oil "Bomb Trains," So Why Isn't Government Requiring It?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The success of their misdirection campaign is evident -- the mainstream media is largely overlooking this critical issue when the public needs referees to ask the tough questions on this vulnerability in our crude oil by rail protocols.

Years of Living Dangerously Takes On Climate Denial, Anti-Science Attacks on Climate Solutions

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Those who understand the urgent need to address climate change are the optimists who see climate solutions as beneficial for our health and economic prosperity, while those who deny the problem or think there's nothing we can do about it are the pessimists. Nobody likes a pessimist.

Has TransCanada Labeled You an "Eco-Terrorist"?

Tom Weis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

We're not easily intimidated. It may have been awhile since we acted like it as a whole, but this is still the land of the free and the home of the brave, and we don't take kindly to outsiders pushing us around.

Keystone XL Decision Delayed Again? Conflict of Interest Report Pushed to 2014

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Did the Obama administration's decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline just get delayed again?

Frackalypse Now: Mark Fiore Spoofs Oil Industry's PSYOPS Campaign to Derail Fracking 'Insurgency'

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.21.2013 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

DeSmogBlog partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore to produce this spoof video in the vein of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse N...

Hey Bill O'Reilly, You're Busted! Fan Watches Chasing Ice and Now Understands Global Warming Is Real (VIDEO)

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Well, today she watched the incredible new documentary film Chasing Ice and left the theater determined to educate all of her friends (whom she had convinced that global warming was fake) about the reality of climate change. Have you seen Chasing Ice yet?

Want to Communicate More Effectively?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 11.03.2012 | Books
Brendan DeMelle

If you are a blogger, a commenter, a tweeter, a public speaker or any type of communicator, you will benefit immensely from picking up a copy of Joe R...

ALEC's Other 'Deadly Force' Campaign to Kill Climate Initiatives

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With ALEC in the spotlight, what has still gone unmentioned is its longtime stealth campaign to scuttle state -- and federal -- climate change initiatives, despite the fact that a number of its corporate members publicly acknowledge that global warming is a serious problem.

Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

It's time for Friday funnies, and the top hit today is Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap, which first popped up over at The Tyee.

Controversial Energy Subsidy Report Made Public By Watchdog Group

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The Checks and Balances Project has obtained a copy of the controversial Energy Information Administration report that was called "garbage" by EIA Acting Administrator Howard Gruenspecht.

Why We Need a Nationwide Moratorium on Fracking

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

While a fracking safety panel might seem a step in the right direction, it falls short of what is truly needed right now: a nationwide moratorium on until thorough scientific studies are conducted to assess the risks posed by fracking.

Gasland Attack Group 'Energy In Depth' Funded By Major Oil and Gas Interests

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Perhaps Energy In Depth thinks it might lose credibility with the media and the public if it revealed such key support from notoriously reckless companies. Perhaps it should.

David Koch: "There's Some Extremists" in the Tea Party, but Mostly "Normal People Like Us"

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Yes folks, David Koch is just a normal person, like us. In fact he's exactly like all the other "normal people" with an estimated worth of $21.5 billion.

Coal Lobbyists Wooed White House Staff to Influence Coal Ash Regulations Long Before Public Hearings

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Between October 2009 and April 2010, coal industry representatives held at least 33 meetings with White House staff on the coal ash issue, almost three times as many meetings as environmentalists and university scientists were granted on the subject.

Climate Cover-Up: Blockbuster New Book Exposes Anatomy of Denial

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Biggers

In the end, unfolding like a chilling and disturbing thriller, Climate Cover-Up is about one of the greatest campaigns of misinformation in our time.

Outed! Will Obama Meet the Real FACES of Coal or Exposed Big Coal Front?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

From forged letters to fake rallies, the revelations over Big Coal's public relations machinations continue. Today's candidate for the "bogus coal front of the week" is FACES, the Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security.