Playing now through April 30th at Bellingham’s Pickford Theater is Merchants of Doubt, a must-see film that shows how a few contrarian scientists joined forces with conservative think tanks and private corporations to confuse the public on climate change. Based on a book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, the movie identifies parallels between the climate change debate and earlier controversies such as smoking. In 2004, Oreskes wrote a now-famous essay about her analysis of 928 abstracts in which not one scientist challenged the consensus view on climate change.

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