Slashdot linked up this Opinion Journal piece on the supression of opinion in global warming research. Yet another example of Bush administration malfeasance? Hardly:
Scientists who dissent from the alarmism [of a global-warming catastrophe] have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.
While the author quite obviously has taken some of this very personally, he does have a point. Like Bjorn Lomborg's dissection of environmental politics in general, the vicious and hysterical attacks that greet seemingly rational counterpoints nearly always indicates politics has taken over.
"Well, so what if they are exaggerating the evidence? It's helping to clean up the environment!"
So then, friend, a lie in pursuit of a greater good is not really a lie at all? I guess we really are beginning to see eye to eye.