The Roots of Denial March 15, 2010 : 11:59 AM

Naomi Oreskes, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, recently presented her views on the roots of climate crisis denial in a lecture at the University of Rhode Island: [Link]

“Oreskes said the skeptics similarly attacked the science around acid rain, the ozone hole, secondhand cigarette smoke, global warming and the pesticide DDT.”

"In every case, they denied the severity of the problem and said the science was uncertain," Oreskes said. "It was always the same argument. They always used the tobacco strategy and said it would be wrong for the government to interfere with the marketplace. It was all about using this play from the tobacco playbook."

We know the tactics, funders and mission of climate crisis deniers. It is our job to combat and debunk their skepticism at every turn. Incidentally, Oreskes has an important book that will be published soon, titled Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.