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Merchants of Doubt

Rated PG-13 96 min. 2015



Based on the 2010 book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, this documentary focuses on how corporations recruit dubious "experts" to spread confusion around issues that threaten their bottom line. A prime case in point is climate change. Media reports refer to the "debate" around the subject. There is none. Published papers on the matter agree 928 to zero that humans are affecting the climate. The film's scope goes beyond climate change to reveal how confuse-and-delay tactics have been deployed for decades to counter scientific studies on acid rain, pesticides and the ozone layer. And it delves into how the tobacco industry pioneered the tactic in the 1960s. It's not stylistically compelling but the film is well-argued, intelligent and upfront about its agenda.

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Official Site: sonyclassics.com/merchantsofdoubt

Director: Robert Kenner

Producer: Robert Kenner and Melissa Robledo

Cast: Patricia Callahan, Matthew Crawford, Stanton Glantz, James Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe, Bob Inglis, Marc Morano, William O'Keefe, Naomi Oreskes and John Passacantando

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