Dealing in Doubt
The Climate Denial Machine vs. Climate Science
March 30, 2010
A brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists, and the IPCC.
This 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, decentralised and largely immune to reasoned response.