The Environment


The Pyrrhic Victory at Standing Rock

Courtesy of Occupy Democrats, with over 75,000 likes and 60,000 shares.  This meme claims “victory” over the recent Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny easements over a small portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline…


Dakota Pipeline Meme

Straightening out the Dakota Pipeline Situation

Courtesy of The Other 98%, with over 74,000 likes and 260,000 shares.  This meme, along with many similar ones, portrays the Dakota Pipeline protesters as victims of oppression, and the pipeline company as polluters and…


Costa Rica renewable energy meme

Costa Rica, Renewable Energy Leader?

Courtesy of The Free Thought Project, with over 4,000 likes and 3,200 shares.  This meme claims that Costa Rica has “ditched fossil fuels” and used renewable energy for over 100 days.  While not clearly worded,…


Another German Renewable Energy Meme

This meme claims that Germany produced so much renewable energy on May 8 that it needed to pay its citizens to use it. Without context, this meme is extremely misleading, as the reality is much more underwhelming.


The Democratic Socialism Ultimatum

Courtesy of Occupy Democrats, with over 25,000 likes and 44,000 shares.  This meme points to a litany of items that are supposedly examples of democratic socialism, and gives us an ultimatum.  Choose democratic socialism, or…



How Much Water Does it Take to Make a Burger?

Courtesy of a Los Angeles billboard, but posted to social media by Kathy Freston, a vegan author, with over 8,500 likes and 21,500 shares.  This is a mating of the old school version of a…


Climate Change and the “97% of Scientists”

Courtesy of Barack Obama, where it has been echoed throughout the administration, including this John Kerry speech in Indonesia: 97 percent of climate scientists have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity…


Does Germany Produce Half of its Energy From Solar?

Courtesy of HeartMath Institute, although this meme, and related news headlines, have been circulated in many forms. There is a sliver of truth in this meme.  On Monday, June 9th 2014, Germany generated 23.1 GW of…