by Graham Readfearn, "Planet Oz," The Guardian, March 4, 2015
The Denial Machine
Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate.
Trendy global warming theory suffers the great conceit that human activity has a significant impact on climate change.
The actual tobacco playbook
Too often, science is manipulated to fulfill a political agenda.Government agencies, too often, betray the public trust by violating principles of good science in a desire to achieve a political goal.Public policy decisions that are based on bad science impose enormous economic costs on all aspects of society.
At the time of the Oregon petition, Willie Soon was affiliated to the George C. Marshall Institute, one of the earliest US free market think tanks to take up climate science denial with the help of fossil fuel funding.
Doubt is their product
Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the “body of fact” that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy. Within the business we recognize that a controversy exists. However, with the general public the consensus is that cigarettes are in some way harmful to the health. If we are successful in establishing a controversy at the public level, then there is an opportunity to put across the real facts about smoking and health. Doubt is also the limit of our “product.”