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Environment

Spreading the Blame for Climate Misinformation

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOctober 12, 2012 8:27 PM

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The debate over climate change is well known for excesses on all sides. Those who claim that the issue is a hoax actually have a lot in common with those who see climate change in every weather extreme. The logic behind such tactics is apparently that a sufficiently scared public will support the political program of those doing the scaring.

This is from a new Denver Post opinion piece by Roger Pielke Jr. All the main criticisms that Roger makes in the column have much merit, and yet he and I don't seem to agree on the meaning of this statement (which I've bolded) by him:

But there is one group that should be very concerned about the spreading of rampant misinformation: the scientific community. It is, of course, thrilling to appear in the media and get caught up in highly politicized debates. But leading scientists and scientific organizations that contribute to a campaign of misinformation "” even in pursuit of a worthy goal like responding effectively to climate change "” may find that the credibility of science itself is put at risk by supporting scientifically unsupportable claims in pursuit of a political agenda.

So what is he saying here?

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