On November 15 “the fifth estate,” Canada’s leading investigative public affairs program, aired “The Denial Machine” (Webcast here). CBC says: “The documentary shows how fossil fuel corporations have kept the global warming debate alive long after most scientists believed that global warming was real and had potentially catastrophic consequences.” In an interview on the program, Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz says: “This is a political operation to deny the seriousness of the problem in order to control the direction of policy. So I call it ‘the denial machine’ because I think it’s a more accurate description of what’s going on in this town right now.”
CBC News “the fifth estate” aired “The Denial Machine” November 15, 2006 at 9pm ET on CBC-TV. The 40-minute program also includes interviews with Frank Luntz, GOP pollster guru; James Connaughton, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Fred Singer, Science and Environmental Policy Project; Phil Clapp, National Environmental Trust; and Kert Davies, Greenpeace.
From “the fifth estate” Web site:
THE DENIAL MACHINE
They believe the case for global warming has not been proven.
They are a group of scientists with rich and powerful allies
In the past few years, a hurricane has engulfed the debate about global warming. This scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin and inflammatory words on both sides.
Some scientists believe that global warming will not be devastating to the planet.
How could scientific fact, which many believe could determine the very future of the planet, become a political battleground, pitting left versus right, environmentalist versus climate change sceptic?
Global warming: potential costs?
A recent British report estimates that the projected costs of global warming to be as costly as both world wars and the Great Depression added together. Yet, with such consequences, some scientists still insist that climate change, if it is happening at all, could be a good thing.
The Denial Machine investigates the roots of the campaign to negate the science and the threat of global warming. It tracks the activities of a group of scientists, some of whom previously consulted for Big Tobacco, and who are now receiving donations from major coal and oil companies.
Who is keeping the debate of global warming alive?
The documentary shows how fossil fuel corporations have kept the global warming debate alive long after most scientists believed that global warming was real and had potentially catastrophic consequences. It shows that companies such as Exxon Mobil are working with top public relations firms and using many of the same tactics and personnel as those employed by Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds to dispute the cigarette-cancer link in the 1990s. Exxon Mobil sought out those willing to question the science behind climate change, providing funding for some of them, their organizations and their studies.
The Denial Machine also explores how the arguments supported by oil companies were adopted by policy makers in both Canada and the U.S. and helped form government policy.
About the fifth estate
The program re-airs on CBC Newsworld:
Friday November 17 at 10pm ET
Saturday November 18 at 1 am, 4am & 9am ET
Sunday November 19 at6 am & 7pm ET
Tuesday November 21 at 4am ET