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The denial industry

Author: [book excerpt] George Monbiot, in Guardian [UK], Published on: 19 September 2006

...124 organisations that have taken money from [ExxonMobil] or work closely with those that have...take a consistent line on climate change: that the science is contradictory, the scientists are split, environmentalists are charlatans, liars or lunatics, and if governments took action to prevent global warming, they would be endangering the global economy for no good reason... But...the corporate funding of lobby groups denying that manmade climate change is taking place was initiated not by Exxon...[but] by the tobacco company Philip Morris [now part of Altria]. [describes development of strategy by Philip Morris & public relations firm APCO to discredit US Environmental Protection Agency report on health effects of environmental tobacco smoke by helping to create & funding groups to question report & associate it with other "unfounded fears" about global warming, pesticides & other issues. Also refers to Brown & Williamson (now Reynolds American), RJ Reynolds (now part of Reynolds American)]

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Related companies: Altria APCO Worldwide Brown & Williamson (now Reynolds American) ExxonMobil Philip Morris USA (part of Altria) Reynolds American RJ Reynolds (part of Reynolds American)