EU: Climate Deniers are Linked to a Russian and Chinese Disinformation Attack

Essay by Eric Worrallski

Threats of criminal sanctions for facilitating the spread of climate denial?

European Parliament
Foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation
European Parliament resolution of 1 June 2023 on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation (2022/2075(INI))
The European Parliament
having regard to its decision of 10 March 2022 on setting up a special committee on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation (INGE 2), and defining its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of offices1, and its decision of 14 February 2023 amending its aforementioned decision of 10 March, and adjusting its title and responsibilities2,
A.whereas Parliament adopted a resolution on 9 March 2022 laying down its recommendations based on the report of the first special committee on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation; whereas among its recommendations, this report called for the adoption of a coordinated strategy against foreign interference; whereas the Commission produced a document following up on these recommendations, suggesting among other things that such a strategy de facto already exists in the form of various kinds of interinstitutional coordination;
B.whereas the European Parliament is the only directly elected body among the EU institutions and is at the forefront of EU political discussions on fighting foreign interference, information manipulation and hybrid threats in our democracies, including in the EU institutions; whereas recent events have highlighted that Parliament is a target of diverse and aggressive foreign interference campaigns;
C.whereas the President of the Commission announced in her September 2022 State of the Union address that a Defence of Democracy package would be presented by the Commission, scheduled for adoption in the second quarter of 2023; whereas this package would include a legislative proposal to protect democracies from third-country entities exercising activities in the EU that may affect public opinion and the democratic sphere, a review of actions under the European democracy action plan (EDAP) and measures to ensure secure and resilient elections, including, among others, cybersecurity measures in electoral processes;
I.whereas the aim of those interference campaigns in the Western Balkans is to negatively influence the growing euro-Atlantic orientation and stability of individual countries, and so change the orientation of the region as a whole; whereas Russia is using its influence in Serbia in an attempt to destabilise and interfere in neighbouring sovereign states: in Bosnia via the Republika Srpska; in Montenegro via the country’s pro-Serbian sentiments as well as the Serbian Orthodox Church; and in Kosovo by exploiting and inflaming existing disputes in the North of Kosovo; whereas Russia therefore still has notable influence in the Western Balkans, with the power to interfere in regional attempts at reconciliation, integration and reform towards democratisation;
W.whereas China has invested almost EUR 3 billion in European media firms over the last 10 years, without an adequate response from the EU and its Member States; whereas China’s example could be followed by other states with similar authoritarian political ideologies, entailing considerable risks for the integrity of European democracies and interference by other countries in the EU’s domestic affairs; whereas a number of Chinese state-run Confucius Institutes, which spread propaganda and interfere in academic institutions, are still functioning in the EU; whereas Chinese broadcast media represent and disseminate the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ideology; whereas Chinese bot accounts are increasingly active on social media and in social networking, serving the needs of the Chinese authorities;
38.Underlines that the increase in climate change denialism can be linked to a wider embrace of conspiracy theories in the public discourse that is based on the deliberate creation of a counter reality and the rejection of science, and which includes false ideas about everything from Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine to COVID-19 vaccines; emphasises the role of foreign actors in disseminating disinformation about climate change and EU climate policy, which is undermining public support and is also being used in the narratives of domestic actors who exploit climate disinformation for their own political ends;
39.Supports the call made by leading climate experts at the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) for tech companies to tackle the growing problem of disinformation, and in particular to accept a universal definition of climate mis- and disinformation that encompasses the misrepresentation of scientific evidence and the promotion of false solutions, to commit to the goal of not publishing any advertising that includes climate mis- and disinformation and greenwashing, and to share internal research on the spread of climate mis- and disinformation and greenwashing on their platforms;
40.Calls on platforms to take measures to enhance transparency and prevent and ban the placement of advertising promoting climate change denial and apply them to conspiracy theories and disinformation; recognises that there is an urgent need to demonetise the spread of the disinformation economy around climate change;
41.Notes with concern that many of the most high-traction amplifiers of climate change denial and attacks on climate action have ‘verified’ status on various social media platforms, including Twitter, allowing them to spread mis- and disinformation under this privileged status to millions of followers and that such amplifiers are often based outside of the European Union; calls on Twitter to implement stricter checks when selling its ‘blue check’ marks;
48.Denounces Twitter’s backward steps in the fight against disinformation since its change of ownership; deplores, in particular, the fact that Twitter has significantly reduced the number of staff responsible for disrupting disinformation, including those responsible for global content moderation, hate speech and online harassment; deplores the recent reinstatement of suspended accounts without a proper assessment and particularly the reinstatement of violent right-wing and openly fascists accounts, including those that deny the outcome of the US presidential elections in 2020; strongly repudiates Twitter’s decision to stop enforcing its policy against COVID-19 disinformation;
115.Reiterates the importance of the EU’s ability to defend itself from disinformation attacks and to counteract foreign interference; calls in that regard for sufficient funding and for possible investment and legislative gaps to be addressed; calls on the Members States to update, if necessary, their legal frameworks to introduce a legal basis on which to penalise foreign interference from high-risk countries; welcomes the introduction of such a legal basis into Belgium’s draft penal code, which will allow for the better protection of the European institutions on its territory;
116.Calls on Member States and the Commission to consider how to counter disinformation from individual actors inside the EU, such as influencers on social media or politicians promoting disinformation on behalf of high-risk states, etc.; highlights the potential need to develop a sanctions regime against perpetrators engaging in FIMI inside the EU;
Read more: European Parliament (backup copy here)

Just one question Euro-tyrants: If climate skeptics are funded by Russia and China, why is demonetisation of climate skeptics such a priority?

Surely if climate skeptics were funded by hostile foreign governments, demonetisation would have no impact on our activities.

The document claims China has invested almost €3 billion in EU media organisations over the last decade. Why would the recipients of such largesse care about whether they were demonetised by social media?

Demonetisation only impacts people who have to raise their own money – independent, democratic critics of catastrophic EU climate policy failures, such as the European war on agriculture, and the complete failure of EU sanctioned member state green energy programmes such as Energiewende to deliver affordable energy and energy security and independence.

In my opinion the EU’s bumbling incompetence, the EU’s inability to draft a coherent narrative, let alone a coherent policy document, their own words have revealed this tyrannical policy initiative for what it is – a clumsy, heavy handed attempt to shut down free speech and legitimate criticism of the European Union.

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June 3, 2023 2:05 pm

Nah I just know how to use my brain.

William Howard
Reply to  Walter
June 3, 2023 4:20 pm

Looks like desperation by the climate alarmist

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  William Howard
June 3, 2023 7:39 pm

Which one?

The Real Engineer
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 5, 2023 3:21 am

All of them are panicing, just like the UK Government enquiry into Covid. They are being shown to be the fools they are in public. Good show.

Rud Istvan
June 3, 2023 2:14 pm

Whole thing is bassackwards. China benefits bigly when EU goes climate crazy and harms it’s economy, while China doesn’t. China does NOT benefit from funding skeptics—the opposite is true. It benefits from funding alarmists, which is why it may have invested in MSM wont to spread climate alarm.

William Howard
Reply to  Rud Istvan
June 3, 2023 4:19 pm

Same for Russia – it is well documented that Russia funds virtually all leftists green energy propaganda groups – Russia wants nothing more for the US to kill its energy industry and commit suicide

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  William Howard
June 3, 2023 5:03 pm

meanwhile it’s committing suicide by its stupid invasion of Ukraine

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 3, 2023 6:09 pm

Russias prior conquest went so well that they thought they would be greeted with open arms. Once they started, the thought to defeat wasn’t unacceptable. If they admitted they failed, it might be possible they will be pushed out of power. That’s pretty much what happened in the 90s and Putin was there to see it. They knew they couldn’t compete with Star Wars so basically they lost the cold war. Putin doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice no matter how many lives are lost or how much it cost.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 2:43 am

led and pushed BY usa

Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 4, 2023 9:20 am

I see you still haven’t come to grips with the fact that your side lost the cold war.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 3:24 am

How is the suicide manifesting itself? Russia’s economy is booming, investment is flooding in and inflation is around 2% whilst across Europe inflation is running around 10% (20% for food in the UK).

At least a third of Ukraine’s population has fled the country and various military experts estimate that more than 50,000 troops are dead and up to 150,000 severely wounded.

Meanwhile, Russia clearly hasn’t run out of the ammunition, missiles, rockets, tanks or anything else we were regularly assured they would since February 2022. The miracle weapons of the west have all failed including Javelins, HIMARS and Patriots. The grand total of 14 Challenger tanks and around the same Leopard’s were delivered and no Abrams so far.

There are, I think, around 28 new country applications to join BRICS and that great ally of America, Saudi Arabia, has also approached BRICS which is organising a summit to examine the prospect of collectively constructing a gold backed currency to challenge the dollar as the world reserve currency.

The principle BRICS members (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) refuse to condemn Russia for their intervention in Ukraine. Modi (India), in fact, just met with Zelensky who was begging for arms and ammunition. Modi told him in no uncertain terms that his was a humanitarian disaster not a war of occupation and Zelensky needed to go away and think about a ceasefire and peace negotiations, which Boris Johnson scuppered in March 2022.

We were assured that Bakhmut would see the end of the Russian military, that they would tuck tail and run. Instead, a private Army (Wagner Group) of fifty to one hundred thousand convicts released from prison to fight (much mocked by the west at the time) has captured Bakhmut with barely a Russian regular soldier involved other than with stand off munitions.

Tony Blinken has been appearing in front of the worlds press to announce that Russia will be defeated any minute now – when the next miracle weapon appears – when Bakhmut is retaken – when the Spring counter offensive is mounted, oh wait, it’s going to be a summer offensive. All this whilst Zelensky is touring the world begging for weaponry. The man has barely been in his own country for 6 months.

I don’t like the situation any more than anyone else but isn’t it about time we faced up to reality rather than listening to the official government/MSM lines we distrust over climate change?

People are being slaughtered at a prodigious rate, nor does it matter what side they are on, these are human beings and no one in the west is making any effort to stop it.

The United Nations, an NGO established to promote peace across the world, has done the cubed root of Zero to intervene and stop the violence yet it’s the very organisation promoting the climate nonsense. Why would anyone believe anything those shysters say?

Then there’s the WEF. A western organisation founded and headed by the sone of a Nazi, promoting ‘The Great Reset’ and a One World Government, with western politicians desperate for an audience with him. But somehow, and without a word of confirmation, it’s Russia and/or China that’s attempting to take over the world by violent means.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  HotScot
June 4, 2023 5:04 am
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 9:12 am

Joe Blogs has an endless series of disaster videos principally around Russia, China, Argentina etc.

And yet – Whilst Russia’s economy is growing and inflation is around 2%, Germany is is desperate trouble, Joe Biden is flaying American taxpayers alive with the inflation reduction act (why have that if inflation isn’t a problem?) BRICS nations discussing a gold backed currency to replace the dollar as a reserve currency, and Europe heading for an energy disaster like an out of control freight train.

Sanctions against Russia have backfired spectacularly yet it’s Russia that’s in trouble?

BRICS nations are rich in minerals, Oil and cheap labour. If they impose sanctions, the west grinds to a halt.

The west has all but exhausted it’s ordnance and military equipment reserves, thrown at Ukraine with absolutely no accountability. Much of that equipment is already on the international black market.

Reply to  HotScot
June 4, 2023 2:43 pm

“Russia’s economy is booming, investment is flooding in and inflation is around 2%”

YET AGAIN an ex-plod talking utter bollox!
Have you been to Russia recently?

I have.

All the signs are Russia is ceasing to be a science powerhouse, and the brain drain became a flood.

Go there some day, instead of banging on about stuff you know sweet F A about.

Reply to  HotScot
June 4, 2023 5:12 am

Czar Putey Pootin the Great thinks he is another Stalin. Stalin was saved in WW2 by supplies from the USA. Supplies from the west are saving Ukraine from Putey Putey is in deep deep trouble…..bye bye Putey. Jake Broe on Youtube has latest on Ukraine War.

Richard Page
Reply to  antigtiff
June 4, 2023 7:26 am

Supplies from the West are saving Ukraine. But for how much longer? The anticipated dearth of Russian ammunition has yet to materialise, meanwhile USA is going cap-in-hand to Japan for artillery propellant for Ukraine as they are running dry and countries in the EU are discussing an end to the military support. It’s going to be a case of who blinks first over Ukraine and I’m not sure how it will end. The only thing I am sure of is that the Ukraine and Russian people will lose.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 4, 2023 8:27 am

At this point, it looks like it’ll end when Russia want’s it to end.

There is a matter of trust, and as Russia was so comprehensively stitched up over the Minsk agreement I don’t think there will be much of that about.

I suspect Russia will either fight their way to the Dnieper river or negotiate on the basis it’s what’s necessary to maintain the integrity of its borders from any incursions.

Neutrality and demilitarisation with no possibility of NATO moving into Ukraine will also be prerequisites if negotiations are begun.

Germany is a big part of this. It’s about to be completely deindustrialised. Between the green nutters in government and gas shortages the country is heading for a very rough time in the near future. Even the greens there are beginning to get cold feet and a route out of the German government being overthrown is to negotiate a way out of the Ukraine mess.

Reply to  antigtiff
June 4, 2023 8:12 am

You didn’t read my post, did you…….

Reply to  antigtiff
June 4, 2023 8:45 am

Your clown world Jake Broe make a big deal of Ukrainian drones hitting Russia.

One hit a flagpole atop the Kremlin and damaged a few roof tiles.

Three of an estimated 20 or so reached Russian soil to detonate harmlessly in residential areas. Which raises two questions, if they were accurate, Ukraine has deliberately targeted civilians which is a war crime, or they are so inaccurate they couldn’t get close a military target.

Meanwhile, Russia has decimated Ukrainian military targets including fuel and ammunition dumps, and its air defences with thousands of missiles and rockets, and artillery fire.

There is, allegedly one of three Patriot batteries left, naturally protecting only Kiev which, it was claimed, shot down a Russian hypersonic missile travelling at Mach 5 – 10, subsequently discovered to be a fairly ordinary, conventional missile.

All a tad one sided don’t you agree?

Reply to  HotScot
June 4, 2023 12:45 pm

Hotslot is movin’ to Ruzzia….Ruzzia’s borders are being over run by people wanting to join Czar Putrid Putey….just like China….people are on the borders tryin’ to join Xi Jinping….love those dictators.

Richard Page
Reply to  antigtiff
June 4, 2023 2:37 pm

You would be very surprised if you researched that story. Even with the Ukraine war, Russia has over 5.9 million immigrants living there, including a large number of conservative Americans.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 4, 2023 4:07 pm

Really? When are you and Hotslot movin’ there?

Richard Page
Reply to  antigtiff
June 4, 2023 4:43 pm

I’m not interested in moving to Russia in the slightest. I was just mentioning it in passing.

Reply to  William Howard
June 4, 2023 2:42 am

what? russia needs not worry they sit back and watch usa and eu trash themselves as does china. your green agitprops are homegrown morons that follow the church of gore and buddies and weepybill mcK seems to have managed to get a LOT of relgios clowns following his brand of insane as well

Reply to  William Howard
June 4, 2023 7:33 am

Just like the USSR funded groups that called for Western nuclear disarmament.

Reply to  William Howard
June 4, 2023 9:39 am

That would be apart from George Soros, who is banned from ever entering Russia.

No symbiosis there then…….

Steve Smith
Reply to  Rud Istvan
June 4, 2023 3:09 am

Yes, that was my first thought when I saw the article.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rud Istvan
June 4, 2023 7:29 am

“China does NOT benefit from funding skeptics—the opposite is true. It benefits from funding alarmists, which is why it may have invested in MSM wont to spread climate alarm.”

Yes, it would be interesting to learn exactly what those investments were and what the message is that these investments are sending out. I would bet money it is not a skeptic message.

June 3, 2023 2:16 pm

Yes, and I’m a Chinese monkey’s uncle. /sarc

Reply to  ResourceGuy
June 3, 2023 5:27 pm

So the rumors are true then !!

June 3, 2023 2:18 pm

The climate agenda is so off the rails and politicized it is unreal. Of course it’s is all Russia’s fault. Would you expect anything less from the xenophobic west? They are just looking for someone to blame since the science doesn’t support the catastrophic claims made.

Reply to  gkarusa
June 3, 2023 4:14 pm

Are you arguing that because the kleptocracy that runs the EU is trying to distract people from the failures of the kleptocrats, by blaming it on Russia and China, this proves that the west as a whole is xenophobic?

Regardless, do you believe that both Russia and China have always acted with only the west’s best interest at heart?

Reply to  MarkW
June 4, 2023 2:45 am

russia and china SAME as the west act in their best interest as they see it
frankly theyre far saner than eu or usa or uk right now

Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 4, 2023 9:23 am

Yet, according to you, acting in a countries best interest is only evil when it’s done by the US.

It’s easy to appear sane, when you kill everyone who disagrees with the government.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
June 5, 2023 4:45 am

The west is no more xenophobic than Russia and China. The fact is that USA and other western powers have been able to marshal the powers of the international media better than Russia and China have, despite them having more control of their domestic media. If you think of this struggle as being ‘fought’ across many different ‘battlefields’, Russia and China are losing the media war but may have made gains in energy and economlc warfare.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 6, 2023 9:33 am

The only difference between Russia/China and the US, is that we are better at manipulating the media?
The fact that Russia and China are brutal dictatorships has nothing to do with it?

David Wojick
June 3, 2023 2:30 pm

They are talking about stopping us talking to them. Behold the Internet.

Stephen Wilde
June 3, 2023 2:33 pm

Climate sceptics would better enable the West to compete with Russia and China.
It is the alarmists who present the danger to our way of life.

Tom Halla
June 3, 2023 2:34 pm

What those True Believers are missing is that perhaps the only successful foreign influence campaign was by Gazprom against fracking in the EU.

Richard Page
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 3, 2023 3:58 pm

And the Soviet anti-nuclear campaigns.

Peta of Newark
June 3, 2023 2:49 pm

Ursula not done Lying (as never seen before)

Sorry, sidetracked, this below is what I was looking for:

We’ve just poked a little empty pie…..
…..for the fun that people had at night
Late at night don’t need hostility…..
…the timid smile and pause to free
I don’t care about their different thoughts….
…different thoughts are good for me
Up in arms and chaste and whole….
….all God’s children took their toll

All good people read good books….now your conscience is clear

June 3, 2023 3:00 pm

From the Australian Government: “some states may seek to characterise legitimate debate and commentary that is objectionable to them as disinformation or misinformation.”. ‘states’ means countries, and would of course include the EU (and Australia itself).
From‘s: Disinformation & Misinformation

Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 4, 2023 2:47 am

yup weve gone down the rabbit hole as well
Albos a low IQ yesman to usa and uk
god help us all

Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 4, 2023 2:55 pm

The USA runs every country where the government doesn’t completely disagree with every aspect of US foreign policy.
Only countries that disagree with the US on everything are independent of US domination.

Every good communist knows that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 4, 2023 7:41 am

““some states may seek to characterise legitimate debate and commentary that is objectionable to them as disinformation or misinformation.”

Yes, I think that is what is going on here with the EU. They want to outlaw anything that doesn’t agree with the way they see the world.

It’s what Authoritarians/Marxists do. We should not accept what Authoritarians do. We should disrupt that destructive fantasy world they live in and make them face the real world.

I see where a new study is out connecting Leftwing Fanatics to Psychopathy and Narcissism (story tip). These kinds of people fly off the handle when you disagree with them. That sounds like a perfect description of a radical Leftist to me. I think the people who did this study are on to somethng. 🙂

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 13, 2023 10:21 pm

I wonder if the citizens of the EU countries will shut down this “disinformation bureau” the same way the U.S. citizens’ shut down 10% Joe’s? Of course his “all of government” approach to climate propaganda is essentially the same thing.

Gunga Din
June 3, 2023 3:05 pm

Hmm … China and Russia want to take down the West. (The West isn’t completely Communist yet.)
Why would they fund those trying to prevent the West from cutting it’s own throat?
Who is funding the knife at the West’s throat?
(Here in the US, it’s Soros (on many fronts). I don’t know about other countries.)

June 3, 2023 3:28 pm

To those on the left, it’s only Democracy, when they win.
As a result, whenever they talk about “defending democracy”, they ALWAYS end up talking about how to silence anyone who disagrees with them.

Reply to  MarkW
June 3, 2023 9:45 pm

For the Left, voters can be damn impertinent! Anti-democratic even!

June 3, 2023 3:31 pm

 a clumsy, heavy handed attempt to shut down free speech and legitimate criticism of the European Union.

The left is convinced in their own infallibility. As such, there is no such thing as legitimate criticism of them or their projects. Which in turn justifies anything they do to people who criticize them.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 4, 2023 1:32 am

Indeed.. This quote from CS Lewis sums things up pretty well

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” 

Paul B
Reply to  Hysteria
June 4, 2023 6:12 am

Recently watched a video of a woman who had eaten her way up to 950 pounds. She knew she was killing herself but couldn’t stop eating because; “food is the only thing that makes me feel good.”

It’s the same thing isn’t it? Doing what is best for the peasants is the only thing that tyrants crave.

Pat Frank
June 3, 2023 3:58 pm

Whereas the EU is rule by mediocrities.

Reply to  Pat Frank
June 4, 2023 12:48 am

The EU is a kakistocracy.

Reply to  JeffC
June 4, 2023 5:01 am

Thank you. That is something else I’ve learnt today.

Richard Page
June 3, 2023 4:09 pm

The EU has completely lost the plot and is jumping at shadows. Frankly the more it tightens its grip on the populace, the more likely it will be that they will reject the EU. If this trend continues, the EU is likely to crumble and disperse within 10-15 years.

Reply to  Richard Page
June 3, 2023 5:46 pm

I’ve been amazed that the EU has been able to stay together. The 2009ish debt crisis looked like the end of the EU.
What I find so disturbing about this is how fascist the EU is behaving. So many sheeple. Stepping back, one can see how Nazism took hold.

June 3, 2023 5:01 pm

whereas the European Parliament is the only directly elected body among the EU institutions

Clearly indicating that in European government, their UNELECTED bodies lack any restraint from separation of powers, and the whole thing is run on one massive groupthink dictated from headquarters, and the voters be damned: we’ll just have ourself a nice Speech Control Chancellorship, and whatever we don’t like will be Desinformacija and will be prosecuted.

Smart Rock
Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
June 3, 2023 5:31 pm

and whereas the European Parliament has no power to actually do anything

Joseph Zorzin
June 3, 2023 5:01 pm

“climate change denialism”

not agreeing with the AGW cult – is not an “ism”

June 3, 2023 6:24 pm

So Richard Lindzen, Judith Curry, John Christie, Roy Spencer, Roger Pielke Jr., Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts et al are all disinformation agents for the Russian or Chinese governments? Got it!

Tom in Florida
Reply to  honestyrus
June 4, 2023 6:31 am

That’s why WUWT only takes donations in Rubles and Yuan.

Russell Cook
Reply to  Tom in Florida
June 4, 2023 8:00 am

Or fails to get said donations from the latest funding enemy du jour. We all will have to change the old joke from “Where’s my Exxon check?” to “Where’s my check from the Chinese and Russian governments?”

CD in Wisconsin
June 3, 2023 7:17 pm

“Underlines that the increase in climate change denialism can be linked to a wider embrace of conspiracy theories in the public discourse that is based on the deliberate creation of a counter reality and the rejection of science, and which includes false ideas about everything from Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine to COVID-19 vaccines; emphasises the role of foreign actors in disseminating disinformation about climate change and EU climate policy, which is undermining public support and is also being used in the narratives of domestic actors who exploit climate disinformation for their own political ends;”


For whatever it’s worth, the text above demonstrates to me that there is a serious lack of understanding the nature of science and scientific discourse in Europe and particularly in the EU bureaucracy.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about how science and scientific discourse is supposed to work here at WUWT, something for which I am thankful. I find it distressing that the real world equivalent of Big Brother in Europe is willing to undermine the basic human right of free speech to silence debate on the subject of climate and in other areas of science. As far as I am concerned, scientific illiteracy is no excuse to do that. Keeping Russian influence out of Europe’s political systems and processes in one thing, but silencing debate in science is something else. EU bureaucrats need to understand the difference, and I do not think that they do.

Perhaps I should not say this, but I will anyway: This leads me to question whether our NATO allies in Europe still stand for the western ideals for which the United States was founded. If their respect for those ideals are indeed beginning to fade, I can’t help but wonder if there still is a future for the U.S. in the alliance.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 4, 2023 2:56 am

NATO allies never DID stand for your ideals and when you look at OP paperclip and a pile of other dirty doins, the financial hold usa had and has over eu joining wasnt exactly a freechoice more a join the gang to gain a semblance of power/control after the war.
NATOS making all their problems worse not better cos they figure youre going to come kickass for em ie ukies thinking theyll do ok cos bigbros there to bail em out
come election time thats going to look markedly different
brandon cant win- if he does it IS rigged sixways to sunday

Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 4, 2023 5:07 am

Pity you haven’t mastered punctuation yet. It does make your contribution rather difficult to read.

Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 4, 2023 2:58 pm

Pity you haven’t mastered logic, or sanity.
Perhaps then, even if you could master punctuation, you might be able to make sense.

Paul B
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 4, 2023 6:23 am

Actually, the U.S. federal government has morphed into a clone of the EU. It no longer represents its citizens. It has usurped much of the power that is relegated, constitutionally, to the states. ‘Misinformation’ is any discourse that contradicts the approved narrative.

Laying misinformation at the feet of foreign nations is nothing but a smoke screen that gives them cover to assault the peasants.

Richard Page
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 4, 2023 7:40 am

This is not about foreign interference within the EU, despite what has been written. The EU has built a house of cards, while things were going well, on its own terms and ideology. Now that things are difficult, the people are questioning everything – the terms of the EU, the ideology and the basic principles. The people are turning to politicians that have different ideas and policies, different ways of doing things – things that would change the EU’s status quo and bring about a revolution. The house of cards is starting to fall and the EU is doing what it can to preserve its cushy lifestyle – tighten its grip and have an authoritarian crackdown on dissent, all in the guise of rooting out ‘foreign interference’.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Page
June 13, 2023 10:11 pm

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
― H.L. Mencken

June 3, 2023 7:40 pm

Can the Euro elite actually be this stupid? Wow!

Reply to  terry
June 3, 2023 10:41 pm

Well of course.they aren’t this stupid.

They’re hoping you are.

Jim Karlock
June 3, 2023 11:09 pm

Hopefully they will finally shut down the ECO NUTS being paid by Russia!
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Below Europe’s soil lie large reserves of shale gas, also known as bedrock gas. The exploitation of these natural gas reserves would have substantially reduced Europe’s purchases of, and dependence on, Russia’s gas — in particular on its gas giant, Gazprom. The same is true of nuclear power, which offers Westerners an abundant, non-CO2-emitting energy source as an alternative to Russian gas.
       Hence the interest, for the Russian government, in mounting a vast disinformation campaign against shale gas and nuclear power in the West, by massively financing the groups most likely “naturally” to oppose it: environmentalist organizations.

The plot against fracking – – cheap energy was killed by Green lies and Russian propaganda

But there is plenty of evidence in the form of a tangible money trail that links Vladimir Putin’s Russian government with U.S. environmental groups. In fact, the source of this funding has been subject of two congressional committee inquiries.  

Russian-linked groups donated to anti-frakking Green groups because they love the planet right?

WASHINGTON – An indictment was unsealed today in Tampa, Florida, charging a Russian national, working on behalf of the Russian government and in conjunction with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), with allegedly orchestrating a years-long foreign malign influence campaign that used various U.S. political groups to sow discord, spread pro-Russian propaganda, and interfere in elections within the United States.

Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests, New York Times, NOV. 30, 2014

Is Putin funding anti-fracking groups? Republicans think so — and so did Hillary Clinton

These provocative images show Russian trolls sought to inflame debate over climate change, fracking and Dakota pipeline

Intelligence: Putin Is Funding the Anti-Fracking Campaign

Time to Shine a Light on Putin’s American Propaganda Arm

Putin Is Funding Green Groups to Discredit Natural Gas Fracking, Newsweek, 7/11/17

”The Sierra Club used the Chesapeake Energy money, donated mainly by the company’s chief executive from 2007 to 2010, for its Beyond Coal campaign to block new coal-fired power plants and shutter old ones..” New York Times, FEB. 13, 2012

Russia Funneled Cash to Anti-Fossil Fuel Climate Extremists: 2018 Report

The Majority Staff Report released by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in 2018 revealed even more of Russia’s nefarious efforts that are often echoed or similar to those used by Democrats pursuing Green New Deal-style policies.—russian-attempts-to-influence-u.s.-domestic-energy-markets-by-exploiting-social-media-03.01.18.pdf

A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
The foundation passed those millions along to some of the nation’s most prominent and politically active environmentalist groups. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress were among the recipients of Sea Change’s $100 million in grants in 2010 and 2011.

June 4, 2023 2:40 am

the 1984 refs are truly deserved1
theyre off their tiny rockers
and madame pres is vonderlying I reckon, thatd figure
theyve really got it in for elon.
amazing what removing dems and govvy spies does;-)
and if anyones influencing EU in a bad way its USA
so stupid theyll ignore that

Steve Smith
June 4, 2023 3:03 am

“Underlines that the increase in climate change denialism can be linked to a wider embrace of conspiracy theories in the public discourse that is based on the deliberate creation of a counter reality and the rejection of science, ”

Or maybe it’s more linked to the fact that recent conspiracy theories have turned out to be true!

June 4, 2023 3:56 am

So the EU is using unproven claims of alleged “interference” in democratic processes to justify legislation about what we can think. How undemocratic can you get?

Sounds like the start of a very worrying slippery-slope to me…

June 4, 2023 4:51 am

“…in all democratic processes in the European Union”

I wasn’t aware that there were any.

Richard Page
Reply to  Disputin
June 5, 2023 4:52 am

There is a thin veneer of democracy in the european parliament disguising the extensive rule by an unelected bureaucracy.

Paul B
June 4, 2023 5:59 am

Astounding. These morons are essentially trying to counter a clandestine ( purportedly ) information campaign by muzzling the very citizens they aim to protect. If there is such a campaign, doesn’t it have a substantial liability just by its clandestine nature? Couldn’t it be easily thwarted by an overt campaign of of their own?

Countering covert ‘disinformation’ with overt truth should be childishly simple, no? The reason that they don’t do such, is that truth is not on their side. It is quite obvious when you think about it.

When truth is not on your side and force is; what will a tyrant choose for a weapon? Asking the question, answers it, right?

Tom in Florida
June 4, 2023 6:39 am

From paragraph 39:
and in particular to accept a universal definition of climate mis- and disinformation that encompasses the misrepresentation of scientific evidence and the promotion of false solutions”

That would eliminate all zealots claiming dangerous climate change.

June 4, 2023 7:55 am

Change a few words in that Resolution and it could have been delivered in the German Parliament in 1934.

Richard Page
Reply to  CampsieFellow
June 4, 2023 8:09 am

I’m reminded of the EU’s fellow travellers in Australia: “Seek Higher, Seek Higher!”

Andy Pattullo
June 4, 2023 8:58 am

So much of the statement reflects truth, and then they jump rapidly into fantasy when they claim the disinformation campaigns of adversarial foreign nations are promoting denial of the change catastrophe dogma. Why would they reach that conclusion when the following points are obvious to anyone with a brain that works:

  1. Enemy states seek to weaken and disempower western nations making them less able to defend themselves,
  2. One of the surest ways to achieve point 1 is to destroy the energy systems that make wealthy democratic nations successful.
  3. Everything the Net Zero crowd and the political hacks are promoting is designed flawlessly to achieve point 2.
  4. If successful with this strategy the enemies of Western Democracies will have less competition and therefore pay lower prices for the fossil fuels they use to build their own strength and dominance in the world.
  5. The evidence of enemy nations funding disinformation is abundant, but the very disinformation they fund is, in fact, the CAG/Climate Change/Climate Crisis narrative, and not the science-based conclusions that this whole boondoggle is a fraud.
June 4, 2023 10:32 am

If you want to know who is in control, just note who you cannot criticize.

Richard Page
Reply to  slowroll
June 5, 2023 4:53 am

Hmm. It’s the Pope, innit?

Reply to  Richard Page
June 6, 2023 9:37 am

Nobody criticizes the Pope?

Michael in Dublin
June 4, 2023 12:13 pm

Why would Putin want to waste any time and money spreading propaganda against fracking when the US and EU are doing a pretty good job undermining themselves? I do not believe Putin is anywhere near as stupid as the Western politicians and mainstream media keep trying to make out. The fact they keep trying so hard to denigrate and dismiss him is possibly because they realize he is far smarter than they are. The fact is they are inveterate liars who have convinced themselves like the naked emperor.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
June 6, 2023 9:40 am

The Soviet Union and now Russia have been behind most of the anti-fraking, anti-fossil fuel groups from the beginning.

The Real Engineer
June 5, 2023 3:19 am

When they put one of us in Court, we will have the forum to prove they are disinforming the World themselves! Bring it on.

Richard Page
Reply to  The Real Engineer
June 5, 2023 4:56 am

See, the only thing wrong with that statement is “When they put one of us in Court,” – they have given themselves the power to defund and deplatform anyone they want without having to justify that in a court.

Reply to  The Real Engineer
June 6, 2023 9:44 am

The courts get to decide who is and who isn’t an expert.

Gunga Din
June 5, 2023 8:36 am

I saw a story about a couple and their toddler being sentenced to life in prison for having a Bible. This was in North Korea.
Sounds like the EU and other Governments setting out to stifle “misinformation” are well on their way to following in North Korea’s footsteps.

Dave Fair
June 13, 2023 9:44 pm

Criticism of the authoritarian state (EU and other socialist regimes) is either a crime subject to penalties or grounds for psychiatric intervention.

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