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Merchants of Doubt How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

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THE book about the movement to refute global warming. One of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, now in paperback. The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Merchants of Doubttells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedlysome of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is "not settled" denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These "experts" supplied it. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

Author Biography

Naomi Oreskes is a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology living in Pasadena, California. Merchants of Doubt is their first book together.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Doubt Is Our Productp. 10
Strategic Defense, Phony Facts, and the Creation of the George C. Marshall Institutep. 36
Sowing the Seeds of Doubt: Acid Rainp. 66
Constructing a Counternarrative: The Fight over the Ozone Holep. 107
What's Bad Science? Who Decides? The Fight over Secondhand Smokep. 136
The Denial of Global Warmingp. 169
Denial Rides Again: The Revisionist Attack on Rachel Carsonp. 216
Conclusion: Of Free Speech and Free Marketsp. 240
Epilogue: A New View of Sciencep. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Permissionsp. 277
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 345
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