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Merchants of Doubt
Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis to watch and discuss “Merchants of Doubt.”Read more
This is not a film about the science of climate change, second-hand smoke, or risks of flame-retardants. It is about the tactics used (repeatedly) to mislead the public about that science. Most notably, these “merchants of doubt” foster unwarranted images of uncertainty and obscure scientific consensus, and even threaten the scientists themselves (and then joke about it). All the while they hide their sources of funding and conflicts of interest that might lead a reasonable person to measure their claims. The documentary evidence and testimony presented is compelling. Especially noteworthy is testimony by those who discovered the deceptions despite having prior sympathetic beliefs. Striking imagery. Amusing moments. But also chilling when one reflects how these voices obscure harms to our health and environment. Worse, they appeal to the banner of free speech and other “freedoms” (to do harm in the name of unregulated business), and imagine that sheer will or personal belief can trump sound scientific conclusions.
Discussion to follow the movie. Light refreshments served. Friday, May 12, 7-9:30 pm at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.