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Professor Rood comments on current science policy in The Conversation

Posted: April 10, 2018

Professor Rood comments on current science policy in The Conversation
In a new article in The Conversation examining various aspects of the current administration's approach to science policy, Professor Rood expressed his views on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposed (and ultimately rejected) “red team-blue team” review of current climate science. 
 
From the article: 

'Red team-blue team exercises center on “the spirit of challenge by an antagonist,” explains University of Michigan climate scientist Richard Rood, who has participated in these types of reviews. Rather than shedding light on serious scientific questions, Rood describes Pruitt’s proposal as a performance designed to advance a political agenda:
 
"Such spectacle will be based on emotional appeal and will rely on manipulating the message about the role that uncertainty plays in scientific investigation. The goal will be the amplification and persistence of public doubt – a goal that would be undoubtedly achieved.”'