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Less than a decade after World War II, the fossil fuel industry was studying CO2 pollution. Within a few years, it knew its products threatened global warming. Its response? To turn around & orchestrate an anti-science, anti-policy denial campaign dwarfing even Big Tobacco's. 1/n
2/n: For a one-stop, up-to-date primer on this history, check out this amicus brief by experts @NaomiOreskes, @RBrulle, @BenFranta, @STWorg, & me filed yesterday to U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change…
3/n: Short on time? Our Table of Contents offers top-line takeaways.
4/n: Our amicus brief is one of eight in support of CA communities suing fossil fuel companies for climate damages. The others have been filed by @SenWhitehouse, @AGBecerra & other state AGs, counties, cities, @NRDC, @Public_Citizen, and scientists including @PeterFrumhoff.
5/n: Read all of the amicus briefs here: climatecasechart.com/case/county-sa…
6/n: If you're interested in learning more about the history of climate denial by fossil fuel interests, here are a few other key resources, in no particular order...
7/n: For those visually inclined, here's my testimony on a lot of this material to the Philippines Commission on Human Rights last August:
8/n: For those who like podcasts, check out the excellent crime-drama-style 'Drilled' by @amywestervelt, released in November: drilledpodcast.com. It features many of the foremost experts on this topic (and also briefly yours truly).
9/n: For those who like a journalistic take, a must-read is @insideclimate's groundbreaking reporting in 2015, which alongside @latimes + @columbiajourn, broke the #ExxonKnew story wide open: insideclimatenews.org/content/Exxon-…
10/n: In 2017, @NaomiOreskes & I published the first peer-reviewed analysis of Exxon's 40 year history of climate communications, empirically demonstrating that the company has misled the public on climate change. Paper: iopscience.iop.org/article/10.108…; Op-Ed: nytimes.com/2017/08/22/opi…
11/n: I've inevitably forgotten some (pls let me know!), but here's my Twitter List of a couple dozen of the most knowledgable and influential scholars and journalists focused on climate denial's history and politics. Follow them! twitter.com/GeoffreySupran…
12/n: I'm fortunate to have as a friend & boss the world renowned expert on all of this @NaomiOreskes. For a one-stop-shop classic on climate denial & its bigger context, check out her and her co-author @ErikMConway's book and film, 'Merchants of Doubt': sonyclassics.com/merchantsofdou…
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