John Mashey points me to a video of Naomi Oreskes’ talk on “The American Denial of Global Warming”:
The first part (“TRUTH”) outlines the history of climate science
research, and the unpoliticized acceptance thereof that lasted until the
early 1990s. The second part “DENIAL” describes the George C. Marshall
Instiute’s role in creating confusion and politicizing the issue, using
tactics from the cigarette wars.
Naomi knows her topic well, and is a lively speaker – I heard an earlier
version of this about a year ago, and this talk is well worth watching.
02:00 Frank Luntz
04:00 2001 IPCC TAR, but many decades of science before
10:30 1957 Suess & Revelle; “Big Greenhouse” in Time Magazine
14:00 1964/65 NAS Science Advisory Committee; President’s Science Advisory Committee “In those days, politicians listened to scientists”;bipartisanship.
17:30 1970s NRC; JASON; “Charney Report”
23:30 1988 IPCC formed; US National Energy Policy Act; George H. W. Bush
26:30 Why is there denial? Where did it come from?
29:15: 1984 George C. Marshal Institute founded by William Jastrow
Added William Nierenberg, Frederick Seitz; S. Fred Singer later.
Original goal: Cold War, support Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative
from other physicists)
Tactics: threaten PBS stations with lawsuits under “Fairness Doctrine”
36:00 1990, cold war over, switch to other areas [global warming, CFC-ozone,
tobacco] No Greenhouse problem, as long as free market allowed to solve!
39:00 1995 IPCC SAR, personal attacks on Ben Santer
42:00 1995 Connection with tobacco, Seitz, tactics
Create doubt, do not publish science, but in popular literature, op-eds,
Wall Street Journal
53:30 Why? In each case, political views [NO REGULATION, EVER] masked as arguments about science. [People can have whatever political views they want, but the proper place to discuss them is in politics, not by fudging science.]