Policy Documents

A Different Perspective, Parts I and II

John Droz –
June 14, 2012

I wish I could be the bearer of good news, but that’s not going to happen here. In fact, I will measure the success of my comments by how concerned you are when I’m done: the more the better.

Who am I to be saying anything? Quite frankly it doesn’t really matter who I am,as I’m just the messenger, the lowly canary in the mine. If you must have more:I’m a physicist who has worked for some thirty years trying to improve our environment, using real science. I haven’t been paid by anyone for this.

Let’s start with the big picture and work our way down to a specific example ofinterest: the 2010 North Carolina Sea-Level Rise Assessment Report.

Today, real Science is under an intense assault. The simple reason is that thosewith political agendas or financial gain at stake, fully understand that genuineScience is a major obstacle in their path to achieving their ends.

Science is about real world facts and truth. Needless to say, facts and truth areanathema to propaganda promoters. But as much as they would like to, these evangelists realize that they can’t simply discard Science. It is too imbedded in our history.

So they have taken a different, more subtle attack on this impediment. Their strategy is to sway individual scientists into becoming advocates. When enough of these attenuated individuals speak out in their favor, the public can be fooled into believing that what they are hearing is actually “science.”