Don't wait for certainty on climate changeLast Updated on 2010-03-30 00:00:00
By Brian Moench
Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:18 a.m. MDT
Certainty is certainly a hot topic today. Climate crisis deniers are demanding "scientific certainty" before the government takes any action to avert it. Hmmm, sounds very familiar.
For decades, the tobacco industry demanded certainty that smoking caused cancer before government could regulate it. Since no one had a full understanding of the mechanism, establishing a correlation between smoking and cancer, heart disease, etc., wasn't sufficient proof for them. The industry labeled research that fell short of its proof standard "junk science." It worked, and cigarettes remained "regulation free" for decades after the facts were overwhelmingly against them.
When research established that secondhand smoke was almost as bad, the industry played the same game again and bought... More »
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