The Merchants of Doubt at OccupySMA
By Jim Carey
Initially, I was surprised that there were folks out there who doubted that climate change —global warming – was real. What’s in it for them? I understand that there may be disagreements about the timeline, i.e. when is the tipping point for climate change going to occur? How rapidly? How severe will it be? But not to believe that all those factories, trucks, cars, smokestacks, mines have polluted this planet earth-not to believe that is mind-boggling.
Merchants of Doubt
Mon, Sep 7, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
The 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Google this!) and every reputable scientific group states that the “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history…Global warming is man made—anthropocentric?”
This movie Merchants of Doubt exposes the forces behind a skilled propaganda machine weaving and creating doubt in the popular minds about climate change. These merchants are paid to sell doubt and tell us that there is no problem. Not too long ago, these men were the very same talking heads hired by R.J. Reynolds to deny the dangers of smoking tobacco. It took 50 years for the truth about smoking to come out from behind the curtains of their “denial gridlock,” which is the greatest friend of the climate deniers. Now these deniers are hired by Exxon Mobil to create enough chatter to confuse the ordinary CNN/Fox viewer and delay efforts to change.
The reality is that 99 per cent of the scientists accept AGW ( anthropocentric global warming) as a fact. In the past two years, only one paper out of 9,136 peer reviewed climate science papers questioned AGW. The world’s scientists tell us that the effects of climate change are expected to be longterm, cumulative, and probably irreversible. In North America and Europe, according to the IPCC, key risks include increased damages from river and coastal floods and wildfires.
One of the scientists asks us: “If there was a five per cent chance of the plane crashing, would we get on it? But we’re treating the climate with that same level of risk in a very offhand, complacent way.”
When the historian Arnold Toynbee studied the rise and fall of 26 civilizations, he concluded that the successful ones had listened to the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Presently, dumbness seems to be the trump card in the hands that our leaders hold. Perhaps, the only alternative is for people to rise up and yell for real change now.
Merchants of Doubt is a 96-minute feature film directed by Robert Kenner and based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Join our discussion. There’s no charge.