VIDEO: BBC Reveals ‘Direct Link’ Between Tobacco Companies And Global Warming Deniers

In a segment on Newsnight yesterday, the BBC revealed a “direct link between the tobacco companies and the claim that climate change isn’t happening.” In 1993 Philip Morris set up a “grass roots coaltion” to “cast doubt on studies showing that second-hand tobacco smoke is dangerous for health.” In order not to raise suspicion that the company was involved, Philip Morris decided to “‘link the tobacco issue with other more politically correct products’ and campaign on issues like global warming.”

The result was the Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, which was “one of the first organizations to throw a smokescreen over global warming.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/09/BBC.320.240.flv]

We’ve posted the full transcript here.

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