Why The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Is So Ethically Abhorrent

This video explains why the climate change disinformation campaign is so utterly ethically abhorrent. It briefly identifies the  morally indefensible tactics used by a campaign designed to undermine mainstream climate science in ways that utterly fail to acheive minimum norms of responsible scientific skepticism while at the same time greatly endangering many of the world’s poorest people The video distinguishes responsible skepticism, something that should be encouraged,  from morally abhorrent disinformation.



This 14 minute video is only an introduction to many ethical issues raised by the disinformation campaign. Those interested in a more in depth analysis of the disinformation campaign should consult the four part series on the ethics of the disinformation campaign the last in the series can be found at

Irresponsible Skepticism: Lessons Learned From the Climate Disinformation Campaign at



By Donald A. Brown

Scholar In Residence, Sustainability Ethics and Law, Widener University School of Law

5 thoughts on “Why The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Is So Ethically Abhorrent

  1. Thanks for this presentation and for summarising a long history in a brief and accessible manner.

    One more correction. When you said that after GWB pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol it meant the US was only industrial nation not to have targets, this missed the fact that Australia had also pulled out under Prime Minister John Howard, whose positions on many things mirrored those of President Bush. When he was defeated in a landslide in 2007, the new PM made ratification of Kyoto his first item of business on day 1.

  2. Very useful presentation – thank you!

    Are you aware of Polly Higgin’s brilliant project?

    “In March 2010 international barrister and award winning author Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace.”


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