Carbon Tax Hoaxsters Snare Trump Followers with Fake PR

Of course today is April Fools Day, and all sorts of shenanigans are about. This is why I ran my Friday Funny yesterday, because I didn’t want it taken for a prank. With Carbon Tax proponents, it’s just another day of pulling the wool over your eyes. Today, an outfit called “Carbon Pulse” created a fake news story saying Donald Trump wants to pass a carbon tax to pay for a wall on the Mexican border.

A nationwide carbon tax could raise enough revenues to fund the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced Friday morning in a surprise policy U-turn on the climate change issue.

Yeah right, it doesn’t pass the smell test.

Here’s a screencap of the article.


A couple of outlets picked it up, and there’s been some Twitterring about it.

If they’d bother to read the last line of the PR story, they’d notice:

Some more details on Trump’s and Cruz’s proposals can be found by spelling out the two words formed using the first letter of every paragraph in this story.

That of course spells “April Fools”.

Of course, there’s a far easier way than a tax, just sell carbon credits to the gullible:


All your need is a printer, some certificate paper, and this website.

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April 1, 2016 9:48 am

LOL – I swear we’re living the movie ‘Idiocracy’.

Reply to  frozenohio
April 1, 2016 9:53 am

It is scary how prescient that movie was. Well, that and The Truman Show.

Rob Morrow
Reply to  Neil
April 1, 2016 9:56 am

We’re almost there already.
I just wish Idiocracy had blamed culture instead of genetics. Other than that, it was spot-on.

Bryan A
Reply to  Neil
April 1, 2016 10:35 am

Perhaps Idiocrats are the third party this country doesn’t need (or just the true spelling of the misspelled Democrat)

Reply to  Neil
April 1, 2016 11:20 am

If we just had more electrolytes… Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Reply to  Neil
April 1, 2016 2:00 pm

that and The Truman Show
Hairy Truman?

Reply to  Neil
April 1, 2016 2:59 pm

@M Simon,
I meant the movie. Where everyone in the world is addicted to watching reality TV.

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  frozenohio
April 1, 2016 10:07 am

But we’ve got electrolytes

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 11:06 am

Yes, Mark. The Electrolyte College actually decides who will be President. Each Electrolyte is pledged to the candidate in each state proportional to the votes received, but they can actually vote for any of the candidates on the ballot, as opposed to a direct in a Democ…. What’s that? Electrolyte not Electoral???
Never mind….

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 11:07 am

But I ain’t got no locker.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 12:32 pm

After The Electrolyte College finishes with the primaries, there will be unwanted elements to poison the voters.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 12:32 pm

Yabbut, the Electrolytes obviously have a pot-ASS-ium deficiency . . .

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 12:35 pm

You do a great Gilda Radner 🙂

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 1:11 pm

Ya cant fool me! Electrolyte ain’t got nuttin to do wid collages. They make vacume cleaners and dern gud uns to. I got one in my haul closet.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 1, 2016 10:29 pm

An imbalance in the electrolyte college could be fatal this year!

Reply to  frozenohio
April 1, 2016 3:48 pm

The architect of obamacare did imply that they passed it by leveraging the collective stupidity of their base. We are living it.

April 1, 2016 9:50 am

CFACT ran with it. And I fell for it.
With Trump, any day is April Fools Day. Business as usual.

Reply to  Stephen Rasey
April 1, 2016 2:04 pm

Politics is the religion of fools.

Reality Observer
Reply to  Stephen Rasey
April 1, 2016 10:47 pm

Was about to note that. Anything can be expected from Trump. Except, of course, for whatever he has already promised…
Hmmm. Campaign goes on long enough, and we’ll have his actual platform just by eliminating everything that he’s ever said it is. (Assuming there is anything left, of course…)

Sanity Preservation
April 1, 2016 9:52 am

April 1st?

Bryan A
Reply to  Sanity Preservation
April 1, 2016 10:38 am

Kinda like that constantly recirculating “Mars as big as the Moon” story that Huckster necrophiles refuse to let stay buried

April 1, 2016 9:54 am

I thought the Mexicans were going to pay for the wall.

Edmonton Al
Reply to  seaice1
April 1, 2016 10:13 am

The Mexicans are going to buy the Carbon Credits………. I think.
They have to launder their drug money somewhere.

Reply to  seaice1
April 1, 2016 10:19 am

Thats what Trump said. The Mexicans unsurprisingly said no. Trump trumped.

John West
Reply to  ristvan
April 1, 2016 11:06 am

Ok, I really don’t care for defending Trump, but saying you’ll build a wall and Mexico will pay for it doesn’t mean telling the Mexican treasury to write a check, it means increasing tarrifs and earmarking that $ for a wall project. Personally, I’m a free trade kinda guy. I don’t care for building a wall, but the feasibility is not reliant on Mexican approval at all and the idea is not nearly as “simple-minded” as it’s being made out to be.

Reply to  ristvan
April 1, 2016 12:39 pm

The $209,432,920 a year in foreign aide to Mexico (2012) should be easier to take and would be a good start on a grand wall.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  ristvan
April 1, 2016 12:47 pm

No John, Trump means that most of the illegals will be heading back across the border and because Mexico doesn’t want them back they will pay for a wall to prevent their return.

Reply to  ristvan
April 1, 2016 2:13 pm

Tom in Florida says: April 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm
… the illegals will be heading back across the border …

Actually, they already are returning to Mexico.

Mario Lento
Reply to  seaice1
April 1, 2016 12:52 pm

The price would be:
–no more free services, because you’re on the Mexico side of the wall.
–lost sales of drugs, because you’re on the Mexico side of the wall

Reply to  Mario Lento
April 1, 2016 2:07 pm

Hawaii has figured out the Drug Problem. They are planning to use the Portuguese model which has been working well for about 15 years. Legalize everything.

Reply to  Mario Lento
April 3, 2016 10:48 pm

Also lost domestic services and agricultural workers on the US side of the wall.
Who will pick the fruit?
Who will look after the children of Wall St investment bankers?

April 1, 2016 10:05 am

GWPF ran this story, but as it’sfool’s day the intent seemed obvious. Mind, I sent it to a mate at work and his reply was dealy serious, so I assume it wasn’t quite such an obvious wind-up as I thought.

Reply to  Erny72
April 1, 2016 10:07 am

Sorry for the typos, must be time to clean the keyboard and re-zero my fingers. I meant ‘deadly serious’

Reply to  Erny72
April 1, 2016 2:11 pm

Somewhat interesting coincidence;
There was a FBI agent that wrote a memo about Dealy Plaza 52 years ago … he had concerns about the traffic, not the safety, as the motorcade would be leaving “Deadly Plaza”, and he asked that the local authorities others look into possible traffic congestion mitigation.
This memo was suppressed, only because of the ironic coincidence, and they didn’t want to have more hype.
A scan of the original memo can be found by using the first letters of each paragraph in the subject article.

Dodgy Geezer
April 1, 2016 10:10 am

The one I liked best was the UK National Trust (the body who look after ancient monuments) solemnly moving big stones around in a trailer to put Stonehenge forward one hour for British Summer Time…

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
April 1, 2016 10:22 am

That is hilarious!

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  john
April 1, 2016 10:33 am

Search for “spaghetti tree hoax”. Nice bit; back when the Beeb could actually do a bit of journalism.

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
April 1, 2016 11:44 am

The UK’s Guardian had a great April Fool. It had the Tory party announcing that “The government will use all ministerial, official and diplomatic levers to help save their jobs”. Oh Wait it wasn’t an April fool, well could have fooled me

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
April 1, 2016 11:45 am

That was for the Steel workers about to be cast out in the job market

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
April 1, 2016 1:31 pm

The Guardian did have a good one years ago about the island nation of Sans Serifffe. Lots of typographic in-jokes. This wasn’t just a story – it was a 7 page supplement about the typefaced based fictional nation, which consisted of two islands Upper Caisse and Lowe Caisse.

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
April 1, 2016 3:29 pm

The CSIRO (in Australia) had a good one about tracking the locations of drop bears using volunteers and GPS trackers.

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
April 1, 2016 10:53 pm

Did you hear the one about the Viking discoverer of North America named Loof Lirpa?

April 1, 2016 10:22 am

It is evident the new Nature SLR joke of a paper was accidentally released two days early. Fooled MSM into it being taken seriously that way.

Paul Westhaver
April 1, 2016 10:24 am

Dupe X Fake = Truth? Maybe? On April 1st?
Just the description was funny.

April 1, 2016 10:35 am

It does start getting beyond parody.

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 1, 2016 12:33 pm

Trouble is, it’s getting harder to tell the parodies from the “serious” News.

Reply to  Goldrider
April 1, 2016 3:36 pm

Gold rider–you might find this article informative

Bruce Cobb
April 1, 2016 10:41 am

The following is missing from the above text:

Only time will tell, however, as to whether Trump’s plan will come to fruition, as he faces fierce competition from Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination – a rival who himself has proposed his own controversial strategy for the US to adapt to climate change.
Looking towards his birth nation, Cruz said that if elected he would invade Canada and relocate the entire US north to gain better access to cleaner water and better beer.

Marcus the behaved 2 !
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 1, 2016 2:58 pm

..Invade us all you want and we’ll probably wave as the tanks drive by BUT, if you threaten our access to Canadian beer there will be hell to pay !!

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 2, 2016 11:56 am

And access to clean electric power!

April 1, 2016 10:59 am
In a story that itself seemed like it may be an April fool’s joke, the WSJ writes that China’s official Xinhua News Agency has issued a warning on its viewpoint commentary microblog that antics over April Fool’s Day – a tradition it was first exposed to only in the late 1970s when it gradually opened up to foreign cultural influence – are “inconsistent with core socialist values” and at odds with Chinese cultural tradition.

Reply to  rogerknights
April 1, 2016 11:07 am

“inconsistent with core socialist values”
I wonder if Bernie Sanders is aware of this.

Reply to  kamikazedave
April 1, 2016 1:51 pm

I thought the only core socialist value was the desire for more free stuff?

Reply to  kamikazedave
April 1, 2016 10:41 pm

A fool and his money are soon parted.

April 1, 2016 11:02 am

You know, the saddest part is that most of the time, with the gorebull warmening scam afoot, what should be a fool’s joke is actually what these people believe and are pushing. It becomes very difficult to discern fact from fiction.

Retired Kit P
April 1, 2016 11:13 am

I had a framed certificate for a million offsets hanging on my wall at work for many years. I awarded them to myself for working at nuke plants.

April 1, 2016 11:18 am

Hoping this is OK to post here – The Onion’s April Fools Day contribution.–52675

Reply to  finnpii
April 1, 2016 12:36 pm

If The Onion’s parodying stuff this way, that’s a CLEAR sign the AGW train has finally sailed.

Reply to  finnpii
April 1, 2016 1:38 pm

Darn–you beat me to it. Hilarious, and spot-on.

April 1, 2016 12:01 pm

Climate science makes everyday an April 1st.

April 1, 2016 12:06 pm

All real scientists know … Half-Lives Matter

Reply to  Neo
April 1, 2016 12:34 pm

Who cares how long Halflings live?

Another Ian
Reply to  Djozar
April 1, 2016 1:38 pm
Tom in Florida
April 1, 2016 12:52 pm

No John, Trump means that most of the illegals will be heading back across the border and because Mexico doesn’t want them back they will pay for a wall to prevent their return.U

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 1, 2016 12:53 pm

Double post mods please remove. Thanks.

April 1, 2016 12:57 pm

I have carbon tax credits for sale at half price.

April 1, 2016 1:24 pm

Actually double wall on the Southern border was authorized in 2006 by congress, voted for by Hillary and Obama, it was to be 400 mile long and the bill was signed by Bush. The funding was probably not 100% at that time.
One of Obama’s first act was to cancel the project because he said there were technology problems.
Wonder where the money went????
Trump is only saying the same thing except to sat Mexico will pay for it, why is this fact ignored by the Media?

Reply to  Catcracking
April 1, 2016 8:24 pm

It is ignored by the Media because the Media wants to present Trump in the worst light possible.
The Media are the enemies of Trump, and the enemies of all Republicans and conservatives, because most of the Media are made up of Liberal Democrats/Socialists.
The last thing they want to do is tell the truth about their political opposition.

Reply to  TA
April 2, 2016 4:34 am

“the Media wants to present Trump in the worst light possible”
…and Trump doesn’t try to be “antisystem” by playing a dangerous game of anti-intellectualism?
I get that many people in the US hate “intellectuals” because they have betrayed the people. They went from subtile discourse to crazy discourse and then word salad.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  TA
April 2, 2016 9:45 am

Does Trump even have a favorable light? Other than with low information voters.

Reply to  TA
April 2, 2016 12:10 pm

Tom in FL
The favorable light is the hope of the destruction he will bring to political types and the Washington Cartel.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  TA
April 2, 2016 12:59 pm

Glenn999, Trump has spent many years buying political influence on both sides of the aisle. He has been a huge part of the problem with Washington. To believe he is an outsider and not part of the Washington cartel is looking blindly. He is the most insider of them all!

Reply to  TA
April 3, 2016 9:59 am

Tom in FL
I must disagree with your assessment.
If Trump is an insider, then what is the fear by the Washington crowd. He should fit in just fine according to your logic. Just another corrupt political elite…
I agree Trump played in the current system, but as an outsider businessman maximizing his leverage.
And it’s not just me, many others agree he is an outsider in the traditional sense and not part of their club.

John F. Hultquist
April 1, 2016 1:47 pm

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
Mending Wall – R. Frost

April 1, 2016 2:13 pm

In order to trump the Trump and his Mexican wall, Hilary Clinton just tweeted, if elected to be the next US president she is going to put up a curtain. A purchase option with a Chinese steel manufacturer for 1000 km ‘iron curtain’ material has been arranged.

Reply to  vukcevic
April 1, 2016 2:33 pm

Well,I suspect she may soon have a greater familiarity with iron bars at least…

Marcus the behaved 2 !
April 1, 2016 2:50 pm

..Clinton doesn’t like being reminded the she has accepted millions from the fossil fuel industry during this campaign, screams at a liberal activist who dared to mention it !
too funny !

April 1, 2016 3:42 pm

The sub heading on the page is the biggest clue that it’s an April fools gag; ‘News and intelligence on carbon markets’. (my Italics)

April 1, 2016 3:55 pm

The fact that many green organizations, some funded by the ultra-left-wing Rockefeller foundation, have said that the revenue from a carbon tax could be used to pay down the national debt and/or to add funding for social programs, I wouldn’t put it past our government to try and sell us a carbon tax to pay for a wall some day in the future.
The bigger issue with a carbon tax is that the government would get so much revenue that there wouldn’t be a need to raise rates on the rich.
Why is it a bigger issue? Because a carbon tax is an excellent way for the rich to keep their wealth. In fact, many rich people want a carbon tax. But what they really want is for the middle class to pay for the debt and government social programs so they can keep more of their wealth.
I used to be of the mindset that they should be taxed at the same rate as everybody else (flat tax). Now I want to stick it to them royally, especially since the DNC is now the party of the rich and that many left-wingers are rich.

April 1, 2016 4:02 pm

I see the climate change April Fools jokers are getting around early this year-
When it’s worse than they thought seems it’s best they get in early and beat the rush.

April 1, 2016 8:07 pm

Who were the Trump followers that were “Snared”? I missed the names when I read this story.

April 1, 2016 11:48 pm

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Reply to  stewgreen
April 1, 2016 11:50 pm

You saw this one ? about the effects of dogmatic greens in Germany and Japan shutting nuclear

Berényi Péter
April 2, 2016 2:58 pm

It is much more urgent to raise a wall so high around China, that no carbon pollution should exit the country. And, of course, have the CPC pay for it.comment image

April 2, 2016 3:16 pm

Who’s to argue ?

Reply to  u.k(us)
April 2, 2016 4:01 pm

Last one, I promise.

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