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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:18 AM


Meet The Climate Denial Machine

Media Matters for America

Despite the overwhelming consensus among climate experts that human activity is contributing to rising global temperatures, 66 percent of Americans incorrectly believe there is "a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening."

The conservative media has fueled this confusion by distorting scientific research, hyping faux-scandals, and giving voice to groups funded by industries that have a financial interest in blocking action on climate change. Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets have shied away from the "controversy" over climate change and have failed to press U.S. policymakers on how they will address this global threat. When climate change is discussed, mainstream outlets sometimes strive for a false balance that elevates marginal voices and enables them to sow doubt about the science even in the face of mounting evidence.

Here, Media Matters looks at how conservative media outlets give industry-funded "experts" a platform, creating a polarized misunderstanding of climate science.

Heartland Institute And James Taylor

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Chris Horner And The American Tradition Institute

Manhattan Institute And Robert Bryce

Heritage Foundation

Cato Institute And Patrick Michaels

American Enterprise Institute

Marc Morano

Anthony Watts

Steve Milloy

Joe Bastardi

Matt Ridley

Larry Bell


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