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Conspiracy to Achieve Predictive Perfection

April 1, 2010

Sometimes science gets in the way of good policy. For a good example of this problem, check out a guest post by Skip Stiles over at Roger Pielke’s blog. Stiles has decades of experience working on science policy at the federal and local levels. A one-time proponent of climate modeling in support of policy, he is now convinced that these efforts are a waste of money:

Here on the ground in the real world, this conspiracy to achieve predictive perfection is the enemy of preventive action and threatens millions of Virginians.

It’s definitely worth reading the whole thing.

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