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Faith in science (04/07/2013)
From: Hans Madland

I have faith in science. Not blind faith, mind you. The people in lab coats make mistakes, but over time they usually get it right. Sure, scientists have egos, and they have their own agenda. Thatís human nature.

Iím pretty sure, though, that we can really, really mess things up when we choose to ignore the experts. For that reason alone, I am surprised that three of the five county board members chose to ignore the scientists who have the expertise to help us understand the consequences of silica sand mining.

As a result, one can only hope that a judge will call a time-out to give the scientists a chance to study and explain the environmental consequences of mining for silica sand. Looking back over the last few decades, I can think of a number of times when politicians chose to ignore the experts on different issues. We then live with the consequences of those decisions, but it seems we refuse to learn from our mistakes. Why is that?

 

 

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