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Merchants of Doubt

“Merchants of Doubt might be described as a sequel to the Oscar-winning doc, An Inconvenient Truth. It is made by the same company and is again looking at the issues of climate change and global warming. But this new documentary brings a very different perspective.

“The film explores the shadowy, sinister and sometimes comic role of big business lobbyists, who go to extreme lengths to obfuscate or distort arguments about climate change and enable their clients to maintain their businesses in spite of the devastation they wreak.

“The playbook for the climate change sceptics today comes from tobacco companies. These companies knew from their own research in the '50s that smoking caused cancer – and yet managed to hoodwink the public about the side-effects of cigarettes. Director Robert Kenner draws parallels between the trickery of the lobbyists and that of professional magicians and con-artists.

“Scientists are almost entirely in agreement about the threat of climate change, but the sceptics are somehow able to mislead the media and the public into thinking that there is still no consensus on the subject. The film doesn’t just highlight the ingenuity of the sceptics. It also underlines how feeble the scientific community has been at standing up for itself.” - The Independent

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