Merchants of Doubt (2014)
Climate Change is Very Real
Last night I watched the aforementioned documentary and was sufficiently impressed by what the writers and filmmakers were able to (successfully) expose. Based on the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, the story covers the marketeers and dirtmongers that now peddle controversy surrounding global warming. As most educated humans know, there is no controversy. We have changed the face of the planet, and impacted in ways that are creating increasingly dire repercussions. Straight up! You can’t expect to cut millions of trees, burn copious amounts of fossil fuel, and release multitudes of chemicals into the atmosphere daily, and not expect it to have adverse effects on our very unique life supporting systems.
Welcome to the Danger Zone
The documentary covers the transition of corporate denial (despite being blatantly aware of the evidence) in tobacco companies as they sought to mask the harm that their products provoked. This was also true of a number of chemical companies (that asbestos caused death for instance), and is currently true for the fossil fuels industry. Rather than argue the science head on, they learnt that they need to merely sow doubt. Why even bother with the science at all!
The Snake Oil Salesmen
To perform this nefarious task is a crew of well paid commentators who seek to slow down and immobilize any climate change action. The film clearly demonstrates that many of these debilitating orators happen to be the very same people that had spoken up for the cigarette and chemical (flame retardant) companies.
The information was clear and starling, and the film itself was nicely edited to express the analogy between purveyors of doubt and magicians. I highly recommend it! For those in need of more information about the film, book, or the research, check out their website, http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org/.