Back in the 1960s, the tobacco industry fabricated a debate—a “manufactroversy,” if you will—over whether cigarettes contributed to lung cancer. The goal was to create an illusion of scientific debate to confuse the public. Sound familiar? The same thing is happening right now with climate deniers who purposefully spread misinformation about climate change and “teach the controversy” in schools in order to keep polluting businesses booming.
Based on a 2010 book by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, the new documentary Merchants of Doubt exposes the pseudo-scientists who specialize in cooking up baloney—and getting the American public to take a bite.
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