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Naomi Oreskes
Naomi Oreskes is professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, and co-author, with Erik Conway, of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. She is also a co-author of Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction published by the Council of Canadian Academies in 2014.  Her new book with Erik Conway is The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Entries by Naomi Oreskes

The Hoax of Climate Denial

(59) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Why “Politically Motivated” Science Is Good Science 

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Recently, the Washington Post reported new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right. The authors of...

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

(47) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels

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Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do...

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Shadow Elite: Merchants of Doubt -- Do Scientific Denialists Have No Shame?

(531) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 8:48 AM

In Shadow Elite, I trace the disturbing emergence over the past 2 decades of a new breed of unaccountable power broker. These players (I call those at the pinnacle "flexians") glide across roles of influence in government, business, media, and think tanks, use overlapping affiliations and information...

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