Free screening and discussion of The Merchants of Doubt

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:15pm

Annette Branch Library / 145 Annette St.

In these last critical weeks leading up to the Conference of the Parties, COP 21 in Paris, people who understand the science of climate destabilization are bewildered by the unambitious positions of our governments.

In this thought-provoking documentary, “documentarian Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) investigates the shadowy work 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 on climate change…. He traces the birth of the doubt industry to the 1950s, when tobacco companies began fighting the perception that cigarettes are harmful. Those efforts succeeded for decades, and have been replicated as a model for climate-change denial…. Kenner profiles key climate skeptics, uncovering their credentials and motivations. He shows how they navigate the media, think tanks, and government circles. He interviews scientists such as James Hansen, who raised prominent alarm about global warming in the 1980s only to see his work attacked…. Kenner also introduces us to figures who have crossed the political divide” * and now consider "the environment a ‘moral issue’”.

Featured in the film are Naomi Oreskes, Bob Inglis, James Hansen, Stan Glantz, Marc Morano, Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe, Jamy Ian Swiss, John Passacantando.

* http://www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestivalarchive/programmes/tiff-docs/merchants-of-doubt