Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Merchants of Doubt

It is a mistake to think that the war on science is driven by fundamentalism; its roots (and funding) lie in the increasingly aggressive political activity of large corporations.
Felicity Barringer, writing in the NY Times, remembers F. Sherwood Rowland, who discovered the threat of CFC's to the ozone layer - Rowland passed away this week. He faced tremendous resistance to the conclusions of his work, but ultimately won the debate -- and the Nobel Prize. His fight, and other fights against corporate anti-science campaigns, are well-described in “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, a very good read.



posted at 7:00:00 AM by Neil

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