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Junk science underpins environmentalist scare-mongering

My colleagues and I at ACLJ represented Dr. James Enstrom in his successful settlement of his lawsuit against UCLA. Long a dissenter against environmentalist scare-mongering, Dr. Enstrom sued UCLA officials after they fired him shortly after Dr. Enstrom discovered that new California regulations of diesel emissions were based on junk science advanced by a scientist with a fraudulent degree--a doctorate purchased from the fictional "Thornhill University."

The public should be suspicious of arguments based largely on appeal to "consensus" or the "mainstream." Consensus is all-too-often created through censorship, suppression, greed, and opportunism. Willful blindness to dissent is common in the academy, and scientists can be just as susceptible as the most ideological professors.

After all, science that doesn't consider dissenting views--that doesn't even bother to familiarize itself with contrary research--isn't science. It's groupthink.

Source: David French column on ACLJ.org, "Scientific consensus" , Apr 1, 2015

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