Monday, 30 November 2009

The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy

What has climate change got to do with tobacco, asbestos, and CFCs? All these products have been the subject of PR campaigns concocted by various industry groups. Their intention, and effect, has been to muffle and delay the impact of emerging research into the harmful effects of these products. Similarly, the recent hacked email controversy has been seized on by climate change deniers to allege censorship on the part of climate scientists. This is just part of the quite organised campaign to blunt the impact of mainstream climate science. This lengthy but quite fascinating post from Dr Jeff Master's Wunderblog is both an expose of denialist tactics and a review of 'Climate cover-up' by PR practitioner James Hoggan, which details the amorality of these manipulative campaigns.

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