“Merchants of Doubt” Documentary September 21

Presented by Carmel Green Initiative…

Sustainable Living Seminar – “Merchants of Doubt”
Wednesday, September 21, 2016        
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Carmel Clay Public Library 
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032 

Are you confused about climate change, or know someone who is?  Climate scientists have been warning us for years and have shown multiple lines of evidence of global warming. Yet, the public and some elected officials doubt the science.  So, what does it take to cast doubt, and who would do such a thing?  Merchants of Doubt reveals how the same tactics and strategies and even some of the same people used to cast doubt on the science that linked cigarettes to cancer are being used again to cast doubt on climate science.  The film shows how two Republicans, who believe we have a moral responsibility to future generations, went from being climate deniers to climate advocates.  This powerful documentary from the acclaimed documentarian, Robert Kenner (Food Inc.), is based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.

“Merchants of Doubt” tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is “not settled” have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. “Doubt is our product,” wrote one tobacco executive. These “experts” supplied it.  Find out how Robert Kenner investigates the shadowy world of professional skeptics, whose services are bought and paid for by corporations, think tanks and other special interests to cast doubt and delay public and governmental action of climate change.

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