Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers

Readfearn, Graham
Date Written:  2019-01-18
Publisher:  DeSmogBlog
Year Published:  2019
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23348

The "climate countermovement" direct massive resources towards denying the reality of climate change. Climate advocates need to address their opposition's tactics to be able to combat this misinformation.



Climate action advocates have underestimated the strength and sophistication of decades-long fossil fuel-funded misinformation campaigns and need a coordinated set of strategies to fight back, say leading academics.

Among those strategies, say the three researchers from Yale and Brown University, are promoting financial transparency, suing misinformers and their funders, and researching the vast networks of think tanks and front groups....

They also pointed to the need for continued research into the "networks and mechanisms of scientific misinformation campaigns" that could help scientists defend themselves against "a rise in ad hominem attacks."

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