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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Merchants of Doubt for exposing
the lies and deceptions that some scientists will go to for a paycheck.

Merchants of Doubt
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth
on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway
(2011) - 368 pages
Merchants of Doubt at Amazon.com

Merchants of Doubt has been praised - and attacked - around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with "brutal clarity" (Huffington Post), the disquieting 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. Merchants of Doubt rolls back the rug on the dark corner of American science.

Naomi Oreskes is a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her study "Beyond the Ivory Tower," published in Science, was a milestone in the fight against global warming denial and was cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth. Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology living in Pasadena, California. He has published four previous books, including Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History. Merchants of Doubt is their first book together.

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Merchants of Doubt
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth
on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Merchants of Doubt for exposing
the lies and deceptions that some scientists will go to for a paycheck.