“Longtime Climate Denier Tony Heller Gets YouTube Ban For COVID Denial”

Sep 30, 2020 7:21am MDT by ClimateDenierRoundup, Community

A couple years ago, Youtube (belatedly) started to do something about the disinformation rampant on its platform, and began putting disclaimers on climate denial videos that pointed to more reliable information. Unfortunately, that didn’t exactly solve the problem.

The girl Heartland wants to make into their own pro-fossil-fuels-Greta, for example, can be seen as the forefront of the next generation of denier grifters, digital natives comfortable with creating their own videos. But she’s hardly the only denier that’s used the youtubes, and far from the first to exploit the ease with which videos can be used as vehicles for disinformation or outlandish conspiracy theories like Dilbert guy’s satanic numerology.

Only slightly less bizarre are the conspiracies presented by Tony Heller, formerly known by his blogging pen name Steve Goddard. His pet conspiracy theory is that scientists alter temperature records to show more warming where there hasn’t actually been any, so his schtick is to pull the raw data, add his own trend lines, and claim there’s no warming. At the same time, he also points to thermometer stations in cities, as part of the argument that the temperature record is artificially warmed by all the asphalt and concrete that wasn’t always there. Of course scientists are well aware of the Urban Heat Island effect, and in fact correcting for that is part of why there’s a difference between the published official figures, and the raw data. (He’s apparently immune to irony, as on Monday he complained about “beetle kill logs blocking every possible route” on his hike, apparently oblivious to the link between beetles killing trees and climate change.)

These days though, like many climate deniers, he’s spending a lot of his time on COVID-19 denial. And that’s apparently what’s gotten him in trouble with YouTube. After some 25 million views, with six million in just the last four weeks, YouTube has (finally!) given his channel ‘strike one’ for a video he posted about an anti-covid-lockdown doctor getting arrested. According to a screenshot he posted, the content violated YouTube’s policy against “content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of the World Health Organization (WHO) or local health authorities’ recommended guidance on social distancing and self isolation that may lead people to act against that guidance.”

This is, again per another of his screenshots, the first of three potential strikes, and prevents him from uploading, posting or live streaming for a week. The second strike will be a 2 week time out, and a three strikes “in the same 90 day period will result in your channel being permanently removed from YouTube.”

In response to being told not to lie in ways that potentially gets people killed, he of course got very angry (e.g. tweeting “@YouTube has been taken over by fascists and are destroying free speech”) and went to NewTube to create an account and start uploading videos. (What’s NewTube? An open source YouTube alternative for all your anti-vaxx and conspiracy content that apparently plans to crowdfund using the same platform that’s raised $500,000 for the Kenosha shooter.)

He’s apparently more serious about jumping to a new platform now than he was in 2015, when “the Nazis at Twitter” very briefly shut him down… Which isn’t ideal, but really is probably fine, because the odds are slim he’ll rack up 25 million views on this bargain-brand website any time soon. (For example, once they get kicked off of YouTube, performance actors like Alex Jones simply don’t have the same reach they did, despite the same sort of admittedly entertaining hysterics. In one recent totally-not-antisemetic rant about Globalists, Bill Gates, and George Soros, an amped-up-even-for-him Alex Jones attacks a drone with a sword.)

But it’ll be interesting to see how even bigger propaganda channels will be impacted by YouTube’s three strikes in 90 days rule. PragerU, for example, has racked up over a billion views, and basically all of its videos that are highly misleading in ways that contradict scientific experts and could lead people to hurt themselves or others. (That’s probably what fracking billionaires pay them for!)

Whether or not YouTube applies that same criteria to other non-COVID-19 issues remains to be seen. In the meantime, though, it wouldn’t hurt to try and get some real information on the platform! So we were quite amused to hear the voice of Bob Burger/Archer Sterling/Bredan’s Soccer Coach narrating a video announcing the Gravel Institute’s new Anti-PragerU campaign to create videos for the left that are similarly styled, but with very different politics. (And actual facts, not alternative ones… Oh and without oodles of oil money. )

This of course triggered a barrage of truly top-tier trolling, including reminders of “that time that PragerU quote tweeted a highly edited video from an open Neo-Nazi” or Dennis Prager’s complaint that “it is idiotic that you cannot say the n-word. Idiotic.”

Anyway, it’s cool to see that YouTube can, in fact, prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation on its platform. Perhaps had they done so with climate denial, there wouldn’t have been so many coronavirus deniers in the first place.

Longtime Climate Denier Tony Heller Gets YouTube Ban For COVID Denial

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76 Responses to “Longtime Climate Denier Tony Heller Gets YouTube Ban For COVID Denial”

  1. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Whoever wrote this article would have been on trial at Nuremberg had he lived in Germany during the 30-40s. He would have been a useful minion for Göbbels, being he has no analytical ability and lacks the intellectual fortitude to develop any. I might start with the fact that the pine beetle was in full force in the Colorado Rockies in the 1970’s when there was no indication of any climate change, and radicals were still arguing among themselves whether they should sell the coming Ice Age or global warming to the gullible public. I know; I was there and in on the discussions. Next I should point out that, if you understand science sufficiently, rather than just believe in it, then the CO2 theory projects about one degree Celsius in a century. That level of change occurs continually in cycles of years without any global warming influence. Alas the True Believe never falters nor questions in his furvent adherence to his faith.

    • Richard says:

      First CO2 is NOT the cause of climate change- we could hit levels of 5% no 420PPM and survive it- facts have shown volcanic eruptions cause more climate change with water vapor
      CO2 is the building block of life- Al Gore Jr. got it wrong from his college professor and pounded CO2 into the hearts of lefties, Jr. sold this idea and 99% of scientific community knows its not Global warming chemical but the lie has been told so often they must use it as Jr. got it wrong

  2. gregole says:

    These people really hate free speech. Not to mention hating the truth.

  3. MikeTheDenier says:

    Damn Tony, you deny climate? How about weather, do you deny that too. Life? Food? Energy?

  4. G W Smith says:

    Your fans are too, too, too adoring.

  5. Michael Spencer says:

    I think that the most logical comment about this slander is a quote from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” where Miranda proclaims: “O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in’t!” (With that last sentence the most appropriate for the ‘Daily KOS’ FRAUD!)

    I had a quick look at the link provided: Lo and Behold! There’s DeSmog Blog!

    And they’re happy to have a go at Naomi Seibt, a very smart young lady who has done her homework to see through the climate propaganda, rather than poor Greta Thunberg who suffers from a mental condition, has her scripts written by others, and would appear to be exploited even by her parents!

    I suggest that this picture rather shows what the ‘Daily KOS’ would like to see:

  6. Jim says:

    The irony that’s lost is that “heat island” adjustments should “lower” current measurements or “increase” historical measurements. NASA is doing the opposite.

    Move to Rumble.

  7. Jeff L. says:

    Quite a hit piece — and no byline! My only fear for you Tony is that The Daily KOS may decide to sue you for copyright infringement because you posted their whole article here.

    Keep up the good work! You are getting more attention. Any press is good press.

  8. fhsiv says:

    Think of the thought process in the boiler room that came up with that.
    Worse yet, think of the foolish folks who soak up that crap without question.
    God help us!

  9. Matthew says:

    Oof. I can’t even finish such tripe. Progressive, obey-the-law, the-authorities-are-always-right nonsense. Weasel words, misrepresentation, character assassination, emotional appeals: this is some of the worst writing I have ever read. The “writer” is simply a propagandist churning out propaganda pieces for the cathedral.

  10. THX1138 says:

    These rabid alarmist religious nuts are disgusting. The venom in this hit piece is nasty. Welcome to the club. I have been banned from commenting on youtube for a long time now.

  11. Ross says:

    In that long rant they did not give any counter argument to what you have published, Tony. So that says a lot.
    Change over to Bitchute or something else –you will not lose any follwers.

  12. Robert Gipson says:

    This Daily Kos “opinion” is authored by someone bravely calling themselves “Climate Denier Roundup,” which avatar I shall shorten, for brevity sake, to the acronym “CDR.” I note that CDR also impressively commented on their “opinion.” To…sort of try to lend it weight..I guess.

    Ironically, my use of the acronym “CDR” for the author of this Daily Kos “opinion” is poetically befitting given that “CDR” also stands for (courtesy Wikipedia) :

    1. Carbon dioxide Removal;
    2. Climate Data Record;
    3. Content Disarm & Reconstruction


    The writer “CDR” employs an impressive combination of two (count ’em, two) tried-and-true smear tactics, each being a time-honored hallmark of: The Coward Who Has No Substantive Rebuttal Argument. Those two hallmarks are:

    1. anonymity;
    2. ad hominem attack.

    CDR’s combining **both** of these tactics is truly impressive, and a truly a mark of desperation. Just fyi, here’s the result of a Google search on the string “ad moninem **and** anonymous”:


    You’re definitely shaking the tree, Tony, and pushing buttons. Keep up the courageous work.

  13. Steve Case says:

    If Conservatives don’t like a show,
    They won’t watch it.
    If liberals don’t like a show,
    They won’t let you watch it!

  14. KevinPaul says:

    Dribbling rambles of a nutcase Clinton boot licker. Total waste of bits.

  15. Aussie says:

    The left are complete science deniers and have no idea.

    If Realclimatescience and Prager U are unscientific for reporting the truth then You Tube is seriously deluded.

    Another blogger I follow, Styxhexenhammer666, has basically moved to BitChute. No censorship of reality there.

    I personally try to avoid YouTube wherever possible.

  16. arn says:

    I’ve never heard of someone who denied climate or covid.

    Must be those guys who simply stopped believing in failed predictions and wrong “adjusted” numbers.

    It is also interressting to see in this fascist scenario of wrong religious opinion that the Clinton/Biden Three Strike rule was now implemented by Youtube.
    A law that was a copy of the nazis “paragraph 20a stgb”.

  17. Manuel says:

    Typical marxists. Attack the messenger because they can’t attack the message.

  18. A great, informative post, simply letting the totalitarian propagandists demonstrate their suppressive idiocy themselves. It reminds me (quite often, these days) of the joke, “I see dumb people. Many of them don’t even know they’re dumb.” (A take-off on “I see dead people…” — but, of course, with the totalitarian Insane Left, “Many” should be replaced by “All”…which just underscores the insanity of it, that all of them should be in lockstep, determined denial of reality, to the point of angrily silencing any expression of it.)

  19. Luke of the D says:

    Frankly, I’d take that article as a compliment! They call you a “denier” only when they can no longer debate you. Thus, they have surrendered.

    And with regards to Youtube/Google, that company is horrendously evil. Take your business to Bitchute or elsewhere!

  20. Petit_Barde says:

    “(Longtime) Climate Denier …”

    Waoo !

    The author shows – after only three title’s words – that he does not even knows what “climate” means.

    No need to waste time reading further.

  21. tom0mason says:

    Tony you must be right over the target as the flack is getting thicker and thicker.

  22. Phil says:

    They’re pretty smug.

  23. Felton Suthon says:

    In the long history of human ideas, when has an idea been right that had to use coercion or violence to suppress those with whom they disagree? Right – never!

  24. JB says:

    This is scary (your ban from Twitter).
    I always look forward to reading your posts and watching your videos.
    They are very informative and back by very good data analysis.

    I hope you can win out in the end and get reinstated.
    But given how deep the disinformation is on the Left (including Chrissie Wallace),
    it looks nigh impossible

    • jb says:

      Twitter… er I meant youtube….
      but i know you suffer under twitter too

    • JRo says:

      YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook, have shown their hand, disagreement with certain narratives will not be tolerated. Most (maybe 80%) will not even be aware that important voices and ideas are being silenced or hidden. Furthering society’s devolution into violent tribalism.

  25. Dave McLaughlin says:

    Infuriating read. Please stop lying to the people with the facts.

  26. Charlotte Welcker says:

    Tony, I’m totally with ya about climate change and even though I don’t agree with some of what you have said about Covid, I still listen and I would NEVER want your voice silenced. This is ridiculous what YouTube is doing to you, but, sadly, we all knew it was coming. YouTube and other liberal owned sites will eventually kill free speech on their platforms, so if we conservative and free speech minded people want to continue to have a voice, we HAVE to find alternatives like NewTube. Good for you, going there and I’ll be subbing to you soon, the next time I get on NewTube. God Bless!

  27. Linda says:

    Nothing like sacrificing Free Speech on the alters of climate & virus. Argh. What’s become of the pesky First Amendment???

  28. Charlotte Welcker says:

    Subscribe to Tony’s New Tube channel!


  29. Daniel Farina says:

    “Und seines Bellens lauter Schall beweist nur, dass wir reiten. (Goethe)”

    Their panic and vitriol only prove that you are on the right path in presenting the truth. Keep going, please. I will follow you on any platform you decide to move. Your videos converted my wife to a better critical thinking person. She now sees the nefarious manipulations of the people in power and their pseudo scientist enablers. President Eisenhower was a visionary in his farewell warning.

  30. Lanny says:

    This is a very poor response to a situation that needs more than just a shut down. Millions of people want to see the date and information Tony is presenting being analyzed and debated. He has always said he is open to debate. But Guess what….He never gets a tier only “Shut Downs” with no legitimate reason.
    You are presenting “Fake News” if you cannot dispute his analysis of the situations. Weather it is Climate of Covid-19 or anything else.

    Wakeup and don’t be afraid to confront real Science that is based on duplicating and either verifying or rejecting a proposal.

    STOP THE NAME CALLING and be more responsible……..

    Your truly,

  31. MGJ says:

    Time for an update to my modern lexicon:

    Conspiracy theorist (n) – someone who reminds those steeped in post-modernist voodoo that objective reality exists, no matter how much this may hurt their feelings.

  32. just a thought says:

    Tony. You are just too “violent.” You need to know how to comply with the appropriate “terms of service.” Here’s an example of how to do that. //SARC//

    Their vigilantism in violation of their own legal standing as open-forum “platforms,” notwithstanding.

  33. Matthew Toth says:

    Another example of censorship of an intelligent person with a different interpretation of data. I did not realize how extensive the “rot” had become, not only affecting politics and government, but the “scientists” who depend on them for their “corn pone.”

  34. Bob Mascall says:

    How do I find you on NewTube?

  35. Grace says:

    That is a horrible, disgraceful libelous article. I really don’t know how these people live with themselves or look at themselves in the mirror. If you disagree with main stream you are just some kind of nut who should be put away, and this free speech is shut down.

  36. Jean-marc Lamothe says:

    Big brother strike again!

    Where is the free speech liberty?
    Tyranny is the name.

  37. Russell Cook says:

    Interesting. One of two things – Either someone at DailyKos is tasked with keeping an eye on what’s seen here at RealClimateScience (imagine the necessity to swap out the monitors, lest they start believing what Tony says), or someone at Youtube alerted DailyKos about the situation.

  38. Kurt in Switzerland says:

    If you’re taking in so much Ack-Ack, you must be near your target.
    Keep up the good work, Tony.

    Let’s be careful, or we might crash the Daily Kos’ website.

    Meanwhile, here a group of Climate Scientists has expressed their solidarity with the “Climate Youth” in their quest to raise awareness for their pet cause (of saving the climate for the future). Which of course is correlated with their disappointment for not having been called as witnesses to the appellate court hearing to give evidence of certain Climate Armageddon unless Switzerland’s banks are forced to cease underwriting projects involving fossil fuels… Immediately. Trust us, we’re Scientists. No confirmation bias. No conflicts of interest. We’re just Scientists, disinterested Scientists. Doing our job.


    Kurt in Switzerland

  39. Weylan McAnally says:

    Wow. Just wow. Orwell was a psychic.

  40. just a thought says:


    Daily Kos writes this about 9/11: “… the 9/11 attacks were horrific, but they were more about optics than actual harm. “

    They are the same evil scum who are criticizing Tony.

    • Walter L. Wagner says:

      This is absolutely perverse.

      Along the same lines, Pearl Harbor was more about optics, than any actual harm.

  41. David Kehn says:

    How do I find you on new tube?

  42. Janet Marshall says:

    There is a law in the Universe. That law is that everything has its opposite. Black can’t exist without white, good without bad, yes without no etc. Seems that opposite isn’t allowed anymore. Mankind playing God again by trying to change the rules by eliminating the half of them that doesn’t suit purpose. It won’t work. Never has and never will. Keep up the great work Tony, the crunch is looming fast for these liars and cheats who try to dominate everyone with their preposterous threats.

  43. Royce Longden says:

    im chuffed to bits that tony has gone to bnt :).. im gonna search for him now. screw youtube needs shutting down and the owners need locking up for crimes against humanity… go fuck yourselves you wankers!!!

  44. stef says:

    ClimateDenierRoundup Community obviously believe that Greta Thunberg is a scientist and that Wikipedia is a font of scientific facts, and truth arbiter for the planet Earth. They probably believe that Snopes is reputable too, that Soros was a friend of his fellow Jews, and is a benefactor of humanity, and that Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman.
    Their deluded, diabolical, diatribe was excruciating to read.
    They are reality deniers of the worst degree and deserve the horrendous future they and their offspring will get if the powers-that-be follow their insanely stupid demands.

  45. JH says:

    Anyone who tries to make an argument without backing it up with data (like you do) isn’t really making an arguement – they’re just giving their opinion or belief.
    On top of that the gas lighting and smearing in this article are just ridiculous.
    Kindergarden playground stuff.

  46. Bruno Packham says:

    you appear to have the stazi alarmed keep up the good work

  47. Russell says:

    So if you listen and comment on the many science based studies that will show an alternative view on global warming, co2 emissions, rising seas ect you are removed from YouTube. That’s free speech in action!!
    Find me another platform please.

  48. RW says:

    Jump onto Bit Chute.

    Hope you have contacts in Congress, Tony. YouTube shouldn’t be permitted to ban you (or anyone) for posting publically available data from official sources.

  49. Richard A Reeves says:

    Perhaps YouTube can posthumously ban Dr Richard Feynman, who, after all, claimed science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. Doctors Einstein and Feynman would have fun with all those claiming the science is settled; after all just take a survey (of experts) to determine what science says.

  50. Anon says:

    Guaranteed that no one who reads the Daily Kos has ever heard of you (no offence intended) because of the Bubble they are in, and no one has time to read about an individual they have never heard of. For example, there is not a Progressive I know of who has ever heard of Brett Weinstein and what happened to him at Evergreen State College either.

    However, I bet this article brings you a few extra viewers, as anyone who is likely to read an article like that may already have some lingering doubts and then will end up on your YT channel or website to see what all the fuss is about. And after watching a few videos, the lights may go on.

    The lesson the Left never learns is “to never publicize people they don’t want people to see”. Yet, as they think their opinion is somehow the rest of the world’s opinion, they can’t resist.

    Anyway, watch for it… I bet in a few months there will be someone making a comment here or on your YT channel that initially heard about you from the Daily Kos. (lol)

  51. Gabriel M Cisneros says:

    Keep up the good work Tony. The Covid and Climate issues are massive and unavoidable. I would pump the brakes a bit on the politics, but I understand your anger at the Left. They’ve perfected the wolf in sheep’s clothing to a frightening level.
    I will definitely find your posts through this website.

  52. Eric Hatfield says:

    Truth rarely or ever seeks to silence the expression of lies, but lies always seeks to silence the expression of truth.

    Silencing dissent is the tool of tyrants.

  53. anothermaninthemirror says:

    Tony, keep up the good work. You are getting some traction. ?

  54. Logic n Reason says:

    This badly written piece is so lame and puerile. At no stage does the writer CDR offer any scientific data to prove Tony wrong. Instead CDR uses words like ‘denier’ ( ie anyone who disagrees with him/her) and manages to somehow link Tony’s crowd funding with the Kenosha shooting. It’s a classic piece of ignorant ,lazy writing (so bad you couldn’t call it journalism). If this cretin is serious, why doesn’t CDR have the balls to offer Tony a debate?

  55. I hope you saved and will post all your Video’s somewhere else Tony!!

    These FB, YouTube, Google and Twidiots have become the CNN and MSNBC of dot com’s.. they’re protected from Lawsuits (like the Media) yet go out of their way to censor and determine misinformation? They’re supposed to SPREAD Information of ALL kinds!!

    Time for a Lawsuit against these A-Holes !! Your Pal @Over400ppm

  56. CheshireRed says:

    We all know the excuses for 1st striking you are contrived nonsense, however be that as it may, it’s important you play the game these clowns are (unfairly) demanding.

    They’d like nothing more than you contravening their biased rules so they can throw off You Tube permanently. No good for you, for us and for truth. No point in being a dead hero on the alter of principle, especially when there’s ways around this.

    Paul Joseph Watson has admitted having to tread very carefully on You Tube after being threatened with being banned, so he’s moderated his output. Very annoying, but he’s proved there’s ways and means of doing it without compromising your position or arguments, Tony.

    You’ve adapted from blogs to Twitter and You Tube and I’m sure you can refine your output again to keep these cretins at bay. In fact you must, as you’re way too good to be silenced by the Blob. Don’t give them the pleasure.

  57. William says:

    I used to follow DailyKos, pre-enlightenment. One day I realized that I disagreed with their positions on most everything and that was that. DK is a rabid Marxist echo chamber, they live in their own little unreality bubble where a mentally ill Swedish schoolgirl will lead the rest of us in saving The Planet from cow farts and plastic grocery bags. The founder, Markos Moulitsas, is of Salvadoran extraction and did a stint in the CIA, most likely in their Dept of Disinformation. He stated that he is “proud” of his “service” in that erstwhile organization. Make of that what you will

  58. Gator says:

    Of course scientists are well aware of the Urban Heat Island effect, and in fact correcting for that is part of why there’s a difference between the published official figures, and the raw data.

    This proves that the author is completely ignorant regarding climate science.

    The term “heat island” describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water pollution.


    So the adjustment is supposed to make temperatures higher? LOL

    If you really want a good laugh, ask the alarmists what their UHI adjustment is, then sit back and enjoy!

  59. TomRude says:

    Censorship is the acknowledgment of defeat.

  60. Independent says:

    Daily Kos still exists? I guess they have time during the day to post while not preparing for their nightly riots. You learn something new every day.

    As for YouTube, I highly recommend that people use AdBlock. Who likes to look at ads that provide revenue to scumbag totalitarian outfits like Google? Just block them while promoting alternatives like NewTube (I just signed up, Tony).

  61. curleybird says:

    not much more needed to know about dailykos / pravda than their own rules;

    Daily Kos: Rules of the Road

    This is a site for Democrats.
    That’s the fundamental premise underlying all expectations about posting, commenting, and interacting with other site users. We are here to connect, unite, and work together toward a common purpose, whether it’s to elect more and better Democrats, to advocate for specific issues, or even to socialize among like-minded friends. But ultimately, we are fighting to make ours a stronger, more effective, more progressive Democratic Party. Given our clear goals, these are our only ideological prohibitions:

    Advocacy for third parties or third-party candidates
    Advocacy for voting against Democrats or not voting at all
    Attacks on Democratic candidates based on right-wing rhetoric and frames

  62. GC says:

    You may be interested in a this data which is an exposé on NHS England’s bed usage, death rates, how they classified Covid cases, etc. throughout the “crisis”.
    You should like it Tony, there’s lots of graphs:)
    Don’t let the baskets grind you down!

  63. JCalvertN(UK) says:

    Kos said “Anyway, it’s COOL to see that YouTube can, in fact, prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation on its platform.”
    They have a strange idea of what is “cool”.

  64. Steve Curwen says:

    Looks like the UK gets it ‘science’ very wrong Tony.
    Can’t even get Excel to play on a very simple thing..

  65. Mossimo Mobilito says:

    Thanks DailyKos-tic, just created an account on NewTube

  66. Mike says:

    Global Warming Believers don’t believe in it at all. What sentient human being would? They are just fascist liars hoping the government keeps filling their gravy train. Climate Change???? Yeah. Every freaking day. Since forever.

    Liars are the worst people there are. Period.

  67. Olav Leeman says:

    How do I get in touch with Tony to arrange an interview for a real newspaper in The Netherlands? (OPN ~ Independent Press Netherlands)

    Any help is appreciated.

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