First 100 Days: Merchants of Doubt

Part six of our film-lover’s guide to taking environmental action in the first 100 days of the new White House administration. This week's suggestion: Merchants of Doubt.


Inspired by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway acclaimed book, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satiric ride into the heart of American spin.

The film exposes the tactics learned in the tobacco industry, which are now being used against the environmental movement.

Here, a secretive group of silver-tongued, pundits-for-hire present themselves in the media as scientific authorities. Unfortunately, they have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Why is this relevant?

When the new head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier, it’s more important than ever to understand how and why people like Secretary Pruitt advance their agendas.

Empowered with this knowledge, it’s easier to stand up to the deniers.


How to watch the film?

To mark the first month of the new White House Administration, there will be a screening of Merchants of Doubt (dir. Robert Kenner, 2014) with special guests.

Tuesday, February 21, 7pm at Roxie Theater.

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Looking for more film suggestions? Check out the rest of our First 100 Days: Green Film Guide.