COVID-19 'Liberate' Groups Are the Same Ones Pushing Climate Denial - 2020-04-22

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F0.png COVID-19 'Liberate' Groups Are the Same Ones Pushing Climate Denial April 22, 2020, Steve Horn, Sludge

Now, weeks into that public health crisis — and with more than three-quarters of a million cases and over 41,000 deaths in the U.S. — groups nationwide are clamoring for an early end to stay-at-home orders and a reopening of state economies. Many of those same groups, a DeSmog investigation shows, are also part of what sociologist Robert Brulle has called the climate change countermovement and what U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has coined the "web of denial."

Like the eruption of Tea Party protests in 2009, many of the protests have the outward appearance of spontaneity, yet are tied through common funding streams and networks.

In the case of what President Donald Trump has called the "liberate" movement, one major thread tying the groups together is the State Policy Network (SPN). SPN, a network of state-level conservative think tanks advancing pro-corporate agendas, has received money from the likes of the Koch family, the Devos family, the Mercer Family Foundation, and others.

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{{cite news | first = Steve | last = Horn | title = COVID-19 'Liberate' Groups Are the Same Ones Pushing Climate Denial | url = https://readsludge.com/2020/04/22/covid-19-liberate-groups-are-the-same-ones-pushing-climate-denial/ | work = Sludge | date = April 22, 2020 | accessdate = April 24, 2020 }}