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As with many public debates, the debate on climate change has a number of participants whose activities are influential, secretive and unethical. In the climate change debate, some fossil fuel corporations have funded apparently unrelated bodies which claim to have some scientific expertise or which claim to represent citizens' interests. The purpose of this activity is to provide sources of commentary which can be cited in media coverage. This paper examines three ways in which public debate and news coverage on climate change are shaped by the activities of climate change deniers in cooperation with fossil fuel companies.

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