Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Studies at UCSD, Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and author of Merchants of Doubt, answers – with science to back her up.
UPDATE 11-21-11: The Daily Climate has done a Q&A with Oreskes, exploring how she got into research on climate denial and why she thinks it’s important to recognize the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.
UPDATE 11-16-11: There are definitely plenty of examples of scientists trying to buck – even change – the culture of science from the inside out. Dr. Holly Bik is one, as she explained in a post on the Deep Sea News blog today:
.. changing the culture of science doesn’t just mean reaching out to the public. It means convincing scientists to build and maintain a high public visibility—leveraging blogs and social media is lucrative and worthwhile. Engaging non-scientists isn’t an option. In today’s world, it is a necessity. And, contrary to popular belief, this type of outreach doesn’t compete with your research—on the contrary, it enhances and broadens your traditional scientific portfolio.