Has Progressivism Ruined Environmental Science?

August 22, 2011 04:26

Progressivism is bad if it is the only accepted philosophy from which to propose and evaluate concepts.  Yet, in the environmental field, that is arguably the case.

By Anthony J. Sadar at American Thinker


In my thirty years of work in the science arena, as a government scientist, an industry consultant, and an academician, I have witnessed an increasingly adverse influence of progressivism on the practice of science.  This influence has been especially visible in my specialty, environmental science (with a focus on air-pollution meteorology).

Soon, conformance to this one holy vision (as opposed to the usual ad nauseam progressive mantra to “celebrate diversity”) became the mandate.  Anyone opposed the lofty goal imposed by progressive theology of protecting the Earth, at nearly any cost, was increasingly targeted in very unscientific ways with ad hominem attacks, public ridicule, eventual limitation of government funding, and even eco-terrorism.

Normally, much ado would have been made by the mainstream media and mainstream science with the release of the Climategate e-mails.  Instead, both seemed to work overtime to minimize the damage from those exposed files.

Similarly, the scientific establishment “circled the wagons” and has generally responded to Climategate by vilifying anyone who wants a serious independent or judicial investigation of the matter.


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