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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Environmental "Scientists" Blog

Be prepared to hear a lot about the environment over the next year or so. Democrats have decided to make it a campaign theme -- one that is calculated to attract independent voters. The authors of Realclimate, all credentialed "experts", promise an "objective" take on the various sensational and biased stories that appear in the media. It's worth checking out here.

Why the scare quotes? Because, as I have pointed out time and again, academic and professional credentials are by no means a guarantee of quality, and in a field so poorly defined and so fraught with political meaning as "environmental science", where so many discrete disciplines interact, objectivity is a chimera. Still, these guys appear to be making a sincere effort to sort out the mess, and that deserves our attention.

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