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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
by Erik M. Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for those interested in science 'debate', 22 Dec 2013
It has long been quite common knowledge that the smoking industry knew the harm caused by smoking many decades before they would publicly acknowledge it, yet it remains a mystery why there is not more anger about this fact. It is also surprising that we constantly allow the same denials to be maintained by industries damaging the environment in which we live.

This book will not get the readership it deserves, and it is unlikely to be read by anyone other than people who already know the basics of the false debates created around these issues. Those who genuinely believe - for example - that global warming is a conspiracy created by scientists to gain funding will continue to post 1-star reviews of this book, shortly afterwards placing fingers firmly in their ears in order to avoid ever having contradictory information entering their heads.

No respected scientific institute rejects the evidence supporting global warming, or the conclusions of the IPCC, yet a few negative statements published in newspapers - or in books - but never in peer-reviewed journals is enough for people to completely accept that yes, global warming must be a conspiracy to build windmills or raise the price of petrol. These people are impossible to argue with, which is why the press needs to be appropriately regulated to ensure that people form opinions based on the best evidence available to them, rather than lies and disinformation.

Sadly, people will often choose to believe the things that suit them - i.e. that humanity cannot possibly have an impact on our environment so we can carry on exactly as we are.

I suspect when the oil really starts to run out and the climate really starts to make things unpleasant for us, they'll find something else to blame. Even if they do have an epiphany, it'll be too late by then to do anything.

If you do care, read this book and encourage others to do so.

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