An Open Letter to American Spectator

b_sharp6/26/2010 9:42:08 pm PDT

re: #441 SanFranciscoZionist

Could be, and I’ve not seen the movie. But I have to say that one of the things undercutting corporate attempts to tell me and other people my age that climate change isn’t real is that we sat through years of the tobacco companies getting up in front of Congress and God and saying that cigarettes didn’t addict or kill, as the data rolled in.

Is there a direct parallel? No, not really. But that is an early experience for me of being aware that people who had a financial or ideological stake would lie through their teeth about science and scientists.

Actually, there is a very strong parallel, including a very direct one, there are ‘think tanks’ (Advancement of Sound Science Coalition) and individuals (Spencer) active in the denial of AGW that were active in the tobacco misdirection.