Climate of Doubt

October 23, 2012

FRONTLINE explores the massive shift in public opinion on climate change.

(53:47) FRONTLINE goes inside the groups who shifted the direction of the climate change debate.



Can Pope Francis Bridge the Political Divide over Climate Change?

Pope Francis is viewed favorably by nearly 90 percent of U.S. Catholics, but is that enough to heal deep political divides about whether climate change is even occurring?

How Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Blizzards

With every winter storm, including the blizzard hitting the Northeast this week, climate change skeptics return to a familiar argument: If the world is getting warmer, why am I stuck out here, shoveling so much snow?

How Has the World Warmed Where You Live?

Last year was the warmest year in recorded history. Here’s how that change has played out across the globe.

2014 Was the Warmest Year On Record, NASA and NOAA Say

But the main takeaway, say climate scientists, is that it continued an even longer-term trend of rising global temperatures.

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Climate Change Report

In the push to curb global climate change, 2015 could be a make or break year.

UN Report: Climate Change Will Deepen Poverty, Hunger

A new report details the impact of climate change on human survival.

What Climate Change Skeptics Think About the UN Report

A new U.N. report says human impact on climate change is “clear,” it’s getting worse, and we’re too late to stop it. They disagree.

The Surprising Way Obama Is Trying to Tackle Climate Change

When President Obama tried to push for legislation on climate change during his first term, he encountered such fierce political opposition that it quickly became clear Congress wouldn’t be the avenue to reform.

Live Chat 2 p.m. ET Thursday: Inside the Climate Wars

Join a live chat on “Climate of Doubt” with the film’s producer Catherine Upin and correspondent John Hockenberry. We’ll also be joined by New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert. You can leave a question now.

Robert Brulle: Inside the Climate Change “Countermovement”

A sociologist at Drexel University, Robert Brulle’s research focuses on the strategy of what he calls “the climate change countermovement.” Brulle says the movement “has had a real political and ecological impact on the failure of the world to act” on global warming.

Tim Phillips: The Case Against Climate Legislation

Legislation to combat climate change would be devastating for families and businesses, resulting in “higher taxes, lost jobs,” and “less freedom,” says Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.

Bob Inglis: Climate Change and the Republican Party

In 2010, Republican Bob Inglis lost his bid for reelection after telling a radio host that he believed humans were contributing to climate change. “The most enduring heresy that I committed was saying the climate change is real, and let’s do something about it,” he told FRONTLINE.

Steve Coll: How Exxon Shaped the Climate Debate

ExxonMobil has driven a wedge into the debate around global warming by fueling doubts in the public mind about whether climate science is legitimate, says Steve Coll, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

Andrew Dessler: Science and the Politics of Climate Change

An expert on how clouds relate to a warming planet, Texas A&M scholar Andrew Dessler became a target of climate science critics following an interview he gave to The New York Times. “Science is what science is,” Dessler says. “Nature doesn’t care what your political persuasion is.”

How Al Gore Galvanized the Climate Change Movement — On Both Sides

When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” — the blockbuster documentary about former Vice President Al Gore’s crusade to draw attention to the threat of global warming — received three standing ovations.

Additional funding for Climate of Doubt is provided by The Kendeda Fund.


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