The Daily Beast
Wildfires Keep Getting Worse. So Do the Conspiracy Theories.
In the United States, it was the dastardly “antifa.” In Australia, it was the Green Party. In Brazil, it was environmentalists. As the world battles wildfires, conspiracy theories wrongly but consistently blame the left for starting the blazes.In the space of a year, Brazil, Australia, and now the U.S. have witnessed catastrophic wildfires. Ruinous burn seasons are poised to get even worse if climate change continues unchecked. Meanwhile, a crisis of truthfulness—which the United Nations termed this year an “infodemic”—has seen conspiracy theorists build massive networks online. The result is a frequently right-leaning disinformation economy that can disseminate hoaxes faster than authorities can debunk them. And in massive wildfires across three continents, that meant falsely blaming the leftie boogeymen of the moment—not climate change—for the flames.Blue Lives Matter Is the Wildfire Cavalry No One Asked ForFires have engulfed