Amato, Ivan. "Can PR Cool the Greenhouse?" Science 252 (5 July 1991), pp. 178-1785.

 

Amato, Ivan. "Can PR Cool the Greenhouse?" Science 252 (5 July 1991), pp. 178-1785.

Science lends itself to other interests. It is for sale. One chooses a "scientific expert" on the basis
of the argument. And finding scientists on one side or the other is fairly easy.

Here is a statement about the availability of scientists on one side or the other of the Greenhouse
Effect. There is an ad campaign afoot funded by the Information Council for the Environment
and that body is funded by electric utilities, coal companies, and manufacturers which are targets
of proposed legislation to curb Greenhouse gases.

The ad campaign features testimony by scientists who are know to disagree with the Greenhouse
concepts: Robert Balling and Sherwood Idso of Arizona State as well as Patrick Michaels of
Virginia. The ads promote the arguments against the proposed taxations and restrictions.

Even if one allows that the positions pro and con are honestly taken by people who disagree, one
cannot doubt that the use of "science" for PR is an "abuse." Science cannot resolve this kind of
dispute but does lend itself to prostitution.