Naomi Oreskes’ book Merchants of Doubt, explains “the troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.”
Oreskes and Conway note that what motivates deniers is political ideology, not science. As I argued in Hell and High Water, the reason most political conservatives and libertarians deny the reality of human-induced climate change is that they simply cannot stand the solution. So they attack both the solution and the science (see “Krauthammer, Part 2: The real reason conservatives don’t believe in climate science“).
Climate Progress reviewed the must-read book here, concluding, “Merchants is an impressive and disturbing piece of scholarship that does a good job of answering the questions they pose. It should be read by every editor and every member of Congress, and by climate scientists as well.”
The prolific UC San Diego professor discusses the history of the anti-science disinformation campaign from the tobacco industry to climate change in this recent video interview:
Gore’s Reality Project put together a shorter, produced video on the subject that it ran during “24 hours of reality”: