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CBC Fifth Estate - The Climate Denial Machine (Nov 15/06)
Date: Thursday, November 16 2006

The Climate Denial Machine

The Fifth Estate (CBC Television)

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In the past few years, a hurricane has engulfed the debate about global warming. This crucial scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin and inflammatory words on both sides. Bob McKeown investigates why a debate that some say could determine the very future of our planet has become a partisan battleground.

The Denial Machine follows a small but powerful group of scientists who argue, among other claims, that global warming may be a good thing and it investigates their links to the oil and coal industries.
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Climate Change Denial Talk Tape

The Fifth Estate's Bob Mckeown investigates these so-called climate change deniers or skeptics in a documentary that will air on CBC Television. Bob joined us from our Ottawa studio.

The Royal Society of Britain .. recently wrote a stern letter to ExxonMobil telling the oil giant to stop, quote, "misrepresenting the science of climate change by outright denial of the evidence."

The organization further accused ExxonMobil of making inaccurate and misleading public statements on climate change.

And it claimed ExxonMobil paid nearly three million dollars to groups that work to misinform the public and policy makers on the science of global warming---small change for a company that posted ten and a half billion dollars in profits last year.

ExxonMobil was somewhat chastened---but that hasn't stopped critics from saying the company has played a key role in creating a debate and helping to amplify the voices of a small group of maverick scientists who maintain that global warming is not a threat. Or if it IS a threat, there's nothing we can do about it because it's not our fault.

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