10 Aug '17, 11am

Pruitt's inquiry gives climate science the reality TV treatment

Like a television executive peddling reality shows, Scott Pruitt has decided to stage an exercise pitting the well-established science of climate change against a grab bag of fringe theories. It will be marketed by the Trump administration as an effort in the best traditions of scientific inquiry, but the real goal is to confuse the public and distract from the serious damage Pruitt is doing to our air, water and health. Here’s the first red flag for anyone who cares about science: A legitimate climate exercise would be organized by scientific leaders in the field – rather than by officials with a political motivation for seeding doubt. That’s like Pope Gregory trying Galileo Galilei back in 1633, OJ searching for the real killers, or Trump looking for 3 million illegal votes. Pruitt’s “Red Team-Blue Team” exercise – for which his agency is now soliciting participants – is...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2017/08/10/pruitts-inquiry-gives...

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