Tom Harris, executive director and lead PR guy for the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (Not Really Science People), is being subjected to a liberal amount of piling on at BigCityLib, where they object to the notion that his organization is apolitical. The original BigCityLib posting is here .
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.