Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes

Harvard Professor, Author and Climate Expert
"Merchants Of Doubt" Washington DC Screening

Naomi Oreskes became famous as the first academic to document that, contrary to some media reports and political talking points, there actually was no scientific “debate” on climate change, but overwhelming consensus. Oreskes, a professor of the history of science and of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard, recently testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Climate Crisis Committee on big oil’s influence in framing the issue.

Oreskes became involved in the issue of climate change in 2004, when a study she conducted of scientific papers on the topic concluded that climate scientists universally agreed that global warming was real. Her study drew immediate attacks from climate change deniers, and that blowback led her to co-author the book Merchants of Doubt, which laid out the propaganda machine behind climate change denial.

Oreskes and co-author Erik Conway, a fellow historian of science, discovered that the same tactics used to cast doubt on scientific findings relating to subjects like acid rain, the ozone shield and tobacco smoke were being employed by oil companies to undermine the consensus on climate change. Oreskes has since become an outspoken activist on climate change.

Oreskes grew up in Manhattan, where her father was a science professor at Hunter College. She taught at Dartmouth College and the University of California at San Diego before joining Harvard in 2013.

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