WCU to screen documentary ‘Merchants of Doubt’ with former congressman

Western Carolina University will screen “Merchants of Doubt,” a documentary about corporate-financed public relations in scientific fields, and host former U.S. Rep. Rob Inglis, who appears in the film, on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The free public event will take place in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Inglis, a Republican, served South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2011. He lost his seat in the 2010 primary election following an announcement that he recognized climate change. He also is known for introducing legislation to create a carbon tax that he hoped would allow free enterprise to mitigate climate change.

The documentary, based on a book by the same name, examines what producers describe as “pundits-for-hire” who present themselves as authorities as they speak on scientific topics such as climate change, as well as tobacco use and toxic chemicals.

For more information, contact Pete Bates, associate professor of WCU’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program, at 828-227-3914 or bates@wcu.edu.