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“Five years ago, historians Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway wrote a book that told an incredible tale of deception and disinformation at the heart of the American media. Focusing on three now-deceased scientists (Bill Nierenberg, Fred Seitz, and Fred Singer), their book, Merchants of Doubt, drew a straight line from paid quasi-experts defending cigarettes as healthy, acid rain as harmless, and pesticides as perfectly safe to current initiatives to discredit humanity’s role in the planet’s changing climate. But on each issue, these faux-experts’ tactics remained the same: sow doubt so that the profitable, potentially destructive status quo remained intact.”

Read the rest at VICE. “‘Merchants of Doubt’ Goes on the Offensive Against Climate Change Deniers