Disinfo: Climate activists and complicit media manipulate scientific data to impose green dictatorship

Summary

Climate activists, world leaders, and the complicit Western media have been quick to link the ongoing Amazon wildfires to man-made climate change and the apocalyptic environmental consequences of human activity. They have even blamed the pro-industrial policies of Brazilian President Bolsonaro for accelerating the Amazon’s demise. Although studies show that the global occurrence of wildfires is dropping and that human activity has actually helped offset their impact on global climate, environmental campaigners and politicians continue to insist that only the imposition of a benevolent green dictatorship can save our planet from destruction. The Green New Deal, for instance, calls for the abolition of all air travel and stipulates government-overseen wealth redistribution programs beyond anything the communists of the 20th century could dream of.

Disproof

The story cherry-picks data and quotes to undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus on the causes and impact of global warming, and to downplay the gravity of what every country in the world recognizes as an "urgent threat" (p. 1). Deforestation of the Amazon has accelerated by 20 percent in the past year alone, with experts attributing uncontrolled logging and land invasion in the region to President Bolsonaro's "pro-industrial" policies. The report cites two NASA studies to support its claim that human activity somehow moderates the effects of wildfires on global climate. The first one does not mention a decrease in Amazon wildfires -- only those in the African savanna -- and makes it clear that the lower incidence of wildfires in that region is a negative phenomenon: "Fewer and smaller fires on the savanna mean that there are more trees and shrubs instead of open grasslands. This is a significant change in habitat for the region’s iconic mammals like elephants, rhinoceroses, and lions. 'Humans are interrupting the ancient, natural cycle of burning and regrowth in these areas.'" The report then cites the second study: "The regrowth of vegetation or the creation of charcoal typically recaptures all of the carbon within months or years," but conveniently omits the very next sentence which contradicts RT's claim: "However, when fires permanently remove trees or burn through peat (a carbon-rich fuel that can take centuries to form), little carbon is recaptured and the atmosphere sees a net increase in CO2. That is why outbreaks of fire in countries with large amounts of peat, such as Indonesia, have an outsized effect on global climate." See here for our debunk of another RT story on wildfires and climate change. The US House of Representatives resolution proposing the creation of a "Green New Deal" does not address air travel at all, let alone advocate its abolition. In fact, the only mention of any travel in the document is a general call to invest in zero-emission vehicle manufacturing and high-speed rail (p. 8). Similarly, the resolution contains a descriptive (rather than prescriptive) statement about the "racial wealth divide" in the United States (p. 3) but does not envisage any wealth redistribution programs, "communist" or otherwise.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Brazil, US
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Climate, Propaganda
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Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was signed on August 23, 1939. Its secret protocols divided Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of the country by Germany and the USSR. A secret protocol was appended to the public pact of nonaggression which divided the whole of eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Poland, east of the line formed by the Narew, Vistula, and San rivers would fall under the Soviet sphere of influence. The protocol also assigned Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland to the Soviet sphere of influence. Also, the Soviet Union kept negotiating with Britain and France, but in the end, Stalin chose to reach an agreement with Germany. By doing so, he hoped to keep the USSR at peace with Germany and to gain time to build up the Soviet military establishment, which had been weakened by the purge of the Red Army officer corps in 1937. See similar disinformation cases here and here. Read more about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: A 'honeymoon' for two dictators (Deutche Welle); The Night Stalin and Hitler Redrew the Map of Europe (RFERL).

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the downing of the MH17. The criminal investigation in the case was led by the Joint Investigation Team - JIT - since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, with the participation of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the MH17 crash and murdering all 298 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges that the four individuals cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. For that reason, they can also be held jointly accountable for downing flight MH17. The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by the Bellingcat Investigation Team.

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Disproof

This message is a mix of conspiracies and ungrounded generalisations aimed to discredit the West, the US and Poland in particular, and Belarusian independent media and experts. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about decaying, immoral West and its imminent collapse, Nazism / Fascism in Ukraine and the Baltic states, and about belligerent West. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that, in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots, and that Western values are egoism, hedonism and extreme relativism.