The US is now showing that it not only has an addiction to oil but now it has an addiction to blaming Russia for its own social issues. As we stand with no evidence that Russia stole the 2016 US presidential election, this has not stopped them from continually going to the Russian conspiracy well.
The addiction has made itself manifest once again. Texas Representative Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said in a statement. “Russian agents attempted to manipulate Americans’ opinions about pipelines, fossil fuels, fracking and climate change.”
That’s right, the opposition to the oil pipelines and their destructive force on the environment and human life is an invention of Russia. According to this new conspiracy, the people of the US simply couldn’t be in opposition to the dangers posed by the oil industry.
Republicans, who can be considered nothing less than the puppets of oil and GMOs are going out and painting all opposition as being the product of “Russian bots.” The tactic here is obvious, they’re using the commonly held conspiracy theory that to attack the concerns of the American people as illegitimate.
I couldn’t think of anything more Republican: their opinion is that the will of the public is nothing but a nuisance to capital accumulation. There’s little more that could demonstrate the anti-democratic tendencies of the Republican Party.
Accusations against Russia do not stop there. A study done by Iowa State University claims that Russian English language anti-GMO news coverage “fits the profile” as an effort to attack GMOs. They claim the news stokes controversy regarding genetically modified food.
At least there is some truth to the accusation this time. Yes, English language Russian media, including RT and Sputnik have had overwhelmingly negative coverage of GMOs. The fact is the Russian language media did as well. There’s a reason for this: Russia banned GMOs. Imagine that, a country which banned a certain type of agricultural product is going to have a negative view of it. But instead of acknowledging this simple fact, the US media has decided to make a conspiracy out of it.
These new accusations against Russia speak volumes about the state of the American media. At this point, anything which questions the power of big capital can now be dismissed as Russian interference. The room for disagreeing with corporations is being pushed completely out.