To say that scientists, as a group, tend to be cautious is probably the understatement of the Century. In most cases, this caution is good — preventing outrageous statements regarding critical issues and providing a stable basis of understanding for the development of rational policy.
But when it comes to confronting climate change deniers, such caution and reticence has often been exploited by the fossil fuel special interests and their political proponents when making intentionally deceptive arguments aimed at casting doubt on key scientific findings. Just as Scott Pruitt, a man who has fought helpful emissions regulations by EPA at the behest of the fossil fuel industry for most of his legal career, did last week on CNBC’s Squawk Box when he said:
“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so…
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