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Congratulations to Naomi Oreskes

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMay 31, 2011 11:44 AM

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I'm a bit late on this, but Naomi Oreskes, the co-author of Merchants of Doubt and a Point of Inquiry guest last year, has been recognized as "Climate Change Communicator of the Year" by the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication. The Alliance for Climate Education, as an organization, was also recognized. I've known Naomi Oreskes for a long time, been on panels with her, interviewed her, spoken to her classes. She's a fearless historian of science who has done pivotal work to defend the idea that the scientific consensus on climate change is robust and should be listened to--and in Merchants of Doubt, she and Eric Conway took it further by exposing the long history of how a small group of scientists moved from being Cold Warriors to, essentially, the first generation of climate "skeptics." It's a must read. I congratulate Naomi, as should we all. She very much deserves this honor. Interestingly, by the way, her book could be classified as being part of a "war on science" narrative, which Matthew Nisbet doesn't like. And yet it is winning a "climate communication" award! Listen to Naomi's Point of Inquiry appearance here.

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