Nobody's talking about climate change in Washington DC, and that's no fluke. Yesterday, I examined some of the reasons that the most difficult challenge currently facing humankind has been all but entirely ignored by the presidential candidates.
At the root of all of those reasons is the fact that global warming was effectively massaged into an issue that could be ignored, by some very determined people funded by some very rich corporations—all of whom have worked for years to manufacture doubt about climate science. This is their story.Kudos to PBS Frontline for this fine piece of reporting. If I had to nit-pick, I'd note that the program doesn't delve deeply enough into the science of climate change itself, and do so relatively late. However, it does a fine job of revealing how attitudes about climate change are influenced and manipulated within the power structure, of debunking the deniers' tired arguments, and showing that the anti-climate crusade is driven by ideology and oil cash, not science.