Ben Jervey writes at DeSmogBlog:
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares to release its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) — the latest installment of its comprehensive assessment of climate science — early next year, the science is already under attack. As the U.S. Global Change Research Program puts the final draft of the third National Climate Assessment together, also due out in early 2014, its conclusions are already under siege.
In an updated report released today, Greenpeace explains how these attacks on the science of climate change — on the reports, on the scientists themselves, and on the rigorous scientific process itself — are part of a decades-old, well-organized, and richly-funded campaign to discredit the science of climate change and to intentionally pollute public discourse on climate change.
In Dealing in Doubt: The Climate Denial Industry and Climate Science, an update of their 2010 report, Greenpeace exhaustively describes the fossil fuel funded climate denial machine, tracing its Exxon-funded, tobacco industry-inspired roots in the 1990s to the intricate and secretive web of disinformation that exists today.
Three years ago, Jim Hoggan wrote about the first release of Dealing in Doubt here on DeSmogBlog: “The new report succinctly explains how fossil fuel interests used the tobacco industry’s playbook and an extensive arsenal of lobbyists and “experts” for hire in order to manufacture disinformation designed to confuse the public and stifle action to address climate change.”
The new edition updates that original content — the Koch Brothers, for instance, weren’t a household name in early 2010, nor was their integral involvement in climate denial then well understood — and adds new sections and case studies to the already thorough evaluation. According to the report’s introduction:
With this new edition of Dealing In Doubt we:
- detail the ongoing attempts to attack the integrity of individual climate scientists and their work.
- look beyond the strategic parallels between the tobacco industry’s campaign for “Sound Science” (where they labeled mainstream science as “junk”) to the current climate denial campaign, to new research that has come to light revealing the deeper connections: the funding, personnel and institutions between the two policy fights.
- detail how some scientists are now fighting back and taking legal action.
- showcase the Heartland Institute as an example of how tobacco-friendly free market think tanks use a wide range of tactics to wage a campaign against the climate science.
- reveal the range of tricks used by the denier campaign, from “pal review” instead of peer review, to personal attacks on scientists through Freedom of Information requests, self-publishing books, and the general conspiratorial noise from the denial machine in the blogosphere.
Read more here.