Why Are Climate Deniers So Effective?

In this clip from ‘Merchants of Doubt’ Bob Inglis explains why people are willing to believe climate deniers despite conclusive scientific evidence.
Mar 5, 2015·
TakePart Staff

Societies rely on scientific evidence to make good policy decisions, balance the benefits of technology with potential negative effects, and establish regulation. In this clip from Merchants of Doubt, former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis explains why people are so willing to believe climate deniers despite conclusive scientific evidence.

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirical, illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits for hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities—yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Merchants of Doubt, which was produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, rolls out in select cities on March 6 and nationwide on March 13. Get the latest updates at takepart.com/merchantsofdoubt.