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Climate change denial, or global warming denial, is part of the global warming controversy. The campaign to undermine public trust in climate science has been described as a “denial machine” organized by industrial, political and ideological interests, and supported by conservative media and skeptical bloggers to manufacture uncertainty about global warming. Of the world’s countries, the climate change denial industry is most powerful in the United States.
Since the late 1970s, oil companies have published research broadly in line with the standard views on global warming. Climate change skepticism” and “climate change denial” refer to denial, dismissal or unwarranted doubt of the scientific consensus on the rate and extent of global warming, its significance, or its connection to human behavior, in whole or in part. The terminology emerged in the 1990s.
Even though all scientists adhere to scientific skepticism as an inherent part of the process, by mid November 1995 the word “skeptic” was being used specifically for the minority who publicised views contrary to the scientific consensus. A November 2006 CBC Television documentary on the campaign was titled “The Denial Machine”.