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Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, Climate Change Dispatch is a climate change denial blog edited by attorney James Taylor. According to their about page: “Climate Change Dispatch (CCD) is a science and environmental news site showing its visitors the facts behind the theory of global warming, which are not being told by the mainstream media and the global-warming zealots. As noted below*, we do not believe in consensus science. Beliefs belong in church, in prayers, but not in the scientific method.”
Funded by / Ownership
The owner and editor of Climate Change Dispatch is James Taylor, who is a Senior Fellow with the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute, according to the Institute’s web site, is a nonprofit “think tank” that questions the reality and import of climate change, second-hand smoke health hazards, and a host of other issues that might seem to require government regulation. Funding for the Heartland Institute is derived from Fossil Fuel and Tobacco industry businesses.
Yet according to the Climate Chance Dispatch about page, they are “100% owned and operated by private citizens, doing it part-time and/or for free. We do not receive any money from oil or energy companies, or from ANY organization that receives money from the energy industry.” While this may be true that they do not receive money directly, the owner of the website does receive money from the Heartland Institute and hence the fossil fuel industry. The website contains advertising and a donation link.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Climate Change Dispatch is very honest in that they claim they do not support the consensus of science and that they deny the impact of human-made global warming (AWG). Articles contain loaded emotional language such as this: Election Slaughter For Climate Activism. This story is a republishing of James Taylor’s article written for the right biased and factually mixed American Thinker. In general, most content on this website is republished articles from other right biased sources that question climate change. There is some original content published as well, that also works to minimize concern over climate change. This source also promotes conspiracies such as Oxford University publishing fake news. Essentially, this is a website that promotes anti-climate change propaganda.
Overall, we rate Climate Change Dispatch as a Conspiracy and Quackery level Pseudoscience source. (D. Van Zandt 11/20/2018)
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