“Merchants of Doubt,” the film based on the acclaimed book about scientists being paid to fudge science to try to debunk everything from climate change to second-hand smoke to acid rain to environmental heroine Rachel Carson, is touring the nation. It will begin a run at The Flicks in Boise on Friday, May 1.
On Monday, May 4, the Snake River Alliance will hold a gathering before the 7:00 pm show on The Flicks patio and a 15 to 20 minute conversation about the film in the theater after it ends. As always, everyone’s invited!
The book, and now the film directed by Robert Kenner, have stirred up enormous controversy. “Merchants of Doubt” focuses on the integrity of scientists who challenge the overwhelming consensus that climate change is human-caused while being bankrolled by the very industries that are causing climate change, particularly the fossil fuels sector.
The film is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Oreskes is a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Conway is a historian of science and technology living in Pasadena, CA, and has published four earlier books, including “Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History.”
You can find more information about The Flicks and “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming” here. You can also see a trailer for the film here.