The Weekend Wonk Extra: Tobacco “Skepticism” – Template for Climate “Skepticism”

September 18, 2011

I was going to wait on this, but it’s too important. The point has often been made that the climate denial industry is based on the disinformation techniques pioneered and developed by the Tobacco industry – Naomi Oreskes does it elsewhere on this page. There’s a lot of footage here of tobacco flacks presenting to media and congress.

The parallels between “there is still debate about the link between smoking and cancer” and “there is still debate about the link between CO2 and global climate” are obvious.

See if you can pick out the specific techniques – and see if you can listen to this whole film without getting nauseous as I did.

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14 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk Extra: Tobacco “Skepticism” – Template for Climate “Skepticism””


  1. I’s scary how similar the tactics are to those of the climate change deniers nowadays!!!


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