Dealing in Doubt

The Climate Denial Machine vs. Climate Science (2013)

March 30, 2010

A brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists, and the IPCC, by Cindy Baxter.

Illustrations by Thomas Avila, for Greenpeace USA, 2013.

Dealing in Doubt (pdf) was authored by Cindy Baxter in 2013. The report describes organized attacks on climate science, scientists and scientific institutions like the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC), that have gone on for more than 20 years. It sets out some of the key moments in this campaign of climate denial started by the fossil fuel industry, and traces them to their sources.

The tobacco industry’s misinformation and PR campaign in the United States against regulation reached a peak just as laws controlling tobacco were about to be introduced. Similarly, the campaign against climate change science — and scientists — has intensified as global policy on climate change has become more likely. This time though there is a difference. The corporate PR campaign has gone viral, spawning a denial movement that is distributed, decentralized and largely immune to reasoned response.

Dealing in Doubt was first written by Cindy Baxter and published by Greenpeace International in 2010. In 2013, Cindy revised and updated the report for Greenpeace USA, with more information, and illustrations by Thomas Avila.

Download the 2013 Dealing in Doubt report (pdf). 

Download the 2010 Dealing in Doubt report (pdf)

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