Source: UQx DENIAL101x 18.104.22.168 Full interview with Naomi Oreskes, YouTube, April 27, 2015.
Notes: This 46 minute YouTube interview with Dr. Naomi Oreskes was part of an online course by the University of Queensland in Australia called, “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.”
As a science historian, Dr. Oreskes meticulously documented the history of modern science denial in her 2010 book she co-wrote with Erik M. Conway called Merchants of Doubt. In that book and in lectures since then, Oreskes showed that a small group of politically motivated scientists deliberately mislead the public to deny well-established scientific knowledge about climate change.
Expanded Quote by Naomi Oreskes:
“If I have one message, that has been my message all along and it still is: this is not a scientific debate. It’s a political debate being made to look like a scientific debate. It is being camouflaged as science, being dressed up as a scientific debate.
We now know why people do that because it is a very effective strategy. If you can make people think it is a scientific debate, then people will think it is too soon to act. But, if people see the truth and if they realize it is a political debate related to people’s ideology and to their value structures, that gives it a whole different cast.
It is very important for people to understand the character of what this thing is. So, all the scholarship I have done with Eric Conway on this is really geared towards that helping people inside and outside the scientific community understand the character of what has taken place here.”
As I blogged and gave a Toastmasters speech back in 2012, the debate on climate change is over. Over 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real, currently caused by humans, it is bad, but we can limit the damage if we choose.
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