Beware the rise of the government scientists turned lobbyists

George Monibot

George Monibot discusses the alleged distortion by political interests of scientific advice to the public from government scientists. It is an important issue, well expressed in this piece. I say “allegedly” though, because quotes from scientists are notoriously vulnerable to misinterpretation out of context, and scientists themselves often struggle to get their point across in ways non-scientists (including Mr. Monibot) can understand.

Yet when government scientists unambiguously disagree with their political masters, they can expect to be scorned and even dismissed. Wouldn’t want to be in their shoes…

Beware the rise of the government scientists turned lobbyists | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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