“Merchants of Doubt”: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming | Truthout – by: Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Bloomsbury Publishing | Book Excerpt
An excerpt from the above linked to article follows:
** The distinction between the troposphere and the stratosphere became part of the Supreme Court hearing in the case of Massachusetts et al. v. the EPA, in which twelve states sued the federal government for failing to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented, arguing that there was nothing in the law to require the EPA to act—but the honorable justice also got lost in the science, at one point referring to the stratosphere when he meant the troposphere. A lawyer for Massachusetts replied, “Respectfully, Your Honor. It is not the stratosphere. It’s the troposphere.” The justice answered, “Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I’m not a scientist. That’s why I don’t want to deal with global warming.”
But we all have to deal with global warming, whether we like it or not…
Call it the “Tobacco Strategy.” Its target was science, and so it relied heavily on scientists—with guidance from industry lawyers and public relations experts—willing to hold the rifle and pull the trigger…
A handful of men would have had no impact if no one paid any attention, but people did pay attention. By virtue of their earlier work in the Cold War weapons programs, these men were well-known and highly respected in Washington, D.C., and had access to power all the way to the White House. **
You are not a professional in any positive sense when you sell your soul for gain and deliberately assist in the suffering and premature deaths of millions. What do you think?
Justice Antonin Scalia is a powerful gatekeeper and a ‘professional’ and a big problem. Let’s define problem. Someone who is a problem is someone who sells his soul for gain and accepts his role of destroyer as a part of the bargain.
I see from the introduction to Merchants Of Doubt that Robert Jastrow is one of the handful of scientists, professionals, paid to lie and serve powerful, destructive, special capitalist interests. You may recognize the name. He’s a famous scientist and author. I have “The Enchanted Loom: Mind In The Universe,” or did have it. With the chaos I’m living in, I’m not even able to get at my books, many which are packed away in boxes awaiting my next move, hopefully to come soon, even though I’m quite tired of moving. I’ve moved 4 times in one year recently.
Another scientist mentioned by Naomi is Mario Molina, whose important research, done in conjunction with his colleague Frank Sherwood Rowland, is looked at in the book by Sharon Roan titled “Ozone Crisis: The 15 Year Evolution Of A Global Crisis,” which I read when it was first published. The video, below, has a part in it where Naomi elicits some chuckles from her audience when she tells how the bad professionals got egg on their faces after trying to besmirch the good professionals, notably Mario Molina and his colleagues. (I am not a fan of the Nobel prize. It needs to be rejected by good people to whom it is offered for the simple reason that it will put them in bad company. See “Nobel Hypocrisy,” by Stephen Lendman.) In October of 1995, three weeks after this ‘professional’, Siegfried Fred Singer, from the George C. Marshall Institute – founded by another famous ‘professional’, Robert Jastrow, and having the ideological goal of supporting the anti-communist American government and Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) – told everyone that there was no scientific consensus that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were destroying the stratospheric ozone layer, the scientists who had established just that fact received the Nobel Prize for their work.