Disinfo: The West is using environmental issues as a noose against competitors

Summary

Environmental issues have long turned into a noose, used by the West to restrain the development of dangerous competitors by convincing them that the intensive economy is very bad.

At the international level, the West is trying to impose onerous restrictions on other economies. Or they are trying to tarnish the reputation of certain economic products and to squeeze out a rapidly growing competitor from the market.

This global environmental propaganda successfully shapes public opinion in the direction it needs.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the West allegedly exploiting the environmental agenda and climate change topic for self-serving reasons and using it as an imperialist tool against other countries.

Climate change is a scientific fact. Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rain-forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming. Preventing dangerous consequences of the climate change is the  key priority for the EU. 

For further disinformation cases about climate change, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: Climate, West, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

This is a mix of conspiracies aimed to misrepresent the actual reasons behind the WADA's investigation, which are consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on EU-Ukraine relations and a conspiracy theory.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This disinformation message promotes the concept of big conspiracy and is consistent with the recurring Shadow Government narrative, which pro-Kremlin disinformation sources often deploy as a rhetorical device to undermine the West and the international liberal-democratic institutional order.

For example, see earlier disinformation cases alleging that global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites, that Western leaders are merely marionettes of the shadow rulers, and that the Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia.