From The Guardian: Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era'Quote: "It has taken the scientific community a long time to realise what it is up against," says Oreskes. "In the past, it thought the problem was just a matter of education. All its practitioners had to do was make an effort to reach out and talk to teachers, the public and business leaders. Then these people would see the issues and understand the need for action.
"But now they are beginning to realise what they are really up against: massive organised attempts to undermine scientific data by people for whom that data represents a threat to their status quo. Given the power of these people, scientists will have their work cut out dealing with them." Naomi Oreskes, is co-author, with Erik Conway, of Merchants of Doubt, a book I highly recommend. (H/T to Tim Minchin)