, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 637–640 | Cite as

Climate change and fossil-fueled attacks on science

Michael E. Mann: The hockey stick and the climate wars. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, 395pp, $28.95 HB, $9.95 PB
  • Kristin Shrader-FrechetteEmail author
Book Review

Profit-based attacks on scientists and science are an old story. The lead industry attacked physician Herbert Needleman for showing that any doses of lead reduce children’s IQs. The tobacco industry attacked scientists who revealed that cigarettes were both carcinogenic and addictive. The pharmaceutical industry attacks clinicians who say particular drugs are harmful or ineffective (see Michaels 2008; Krimsky 2003). For the last several decades, coal and petroleum interests (including their well-funded, largely US Republican Party, politicians) have attacked both climate science and science generally (see Mooney 2005; Shrader-Frechette 2011).

This must-read book recounts the expensive, well-orchestrated attack on one of the world’s most prominent climate scientists and climate graphs, the hockey stick. It illustrates the power of anti-science polluters who are moving contemporary society even further toward a special-interest oligarchy that promotes corporate profits at all costs—even...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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