This is the first book on climate change denial and lobbying that combines the ideology of denial and the role of anthropocentrism in the study of interest groups and communication strategy.

Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: Strategic Communication and Interest Groups in Climate Inaction is a critical approach to climate change denial from a strategic communication perspective. The book aims to provide an in-depth analysis of how strategic communication by interest groups is contributing to climate change inaction. It does this from a multidisciplinary perspective that expands the usual approach of climate change denialism and introduces a critical reflection on the roots of the problem, including the ethics of the denialist ideology and the rhetoric and role of climate change advocacy. Topics addressed include the power of persuasive narratives and discourses constructed to support climate inaction by lobbies and think tanks, the dominant human supremacist view and the patriarchal roots of denialists and advocates of climate change alike, the knowledge coalitions of the climate think tank networks, the denial strategies related to climate change of the nuclear, oil, and agrifood lobbies, the role of public relations firms, the anthropocentric roots of public relations, taboo topics such as human overpopulation and meat-eating, and the technological myth.

This unique volume is recommended reading for students and scholars of communication and public relations.

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part I|93 pages

Ethics and anthropocentrism in climate change denial and public relations

chapter 1|17 pages

Rethinking the ethical challenge in climate change lobbying

A discussion of ideological denial 1
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chapter 2|17 pages

The anthropocentric roots of public relations

A (pre)historical approach and ontological consideration
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chapter 4|15 pages

Why environmentalism cannot beat denialism

An antispeciesist approach to the ethics of climate change
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chapter 5|26 pages

The elephant in the room

The role of interest groups in creating and sustaining the population taboo
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part II|56 pages

Theorizing the story line of climate change denial

chapter 6|18 pages

Talking about climate change

The power of narratives
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chapter 8|17 pages

Think tank networks and the knowledge-interest nexus

The case of climate change 1
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part III|57 pages

Lobbying for denial in climate change

chapter 9|19 pages

The climate smokescreen

The public relations consultancies working to obstruct greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Europe – a critical approach 1
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Meat eating and climate change denial
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chapter 11|19 pages

“This nagging worry about the carbon dioxide issue”

Nuclear denial and the nuclear renaissance campaign 1
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part IV|36 pages

Advocating against climate change denial

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