The Poison of Precaution: The Anti-Science Mindset

The Precautionary Principle (PP) sounds good and wise, and we all use it up to a point in many aspects of life. If followed as Extinction Rebellion and other suggest we would not even have bicycles, due to their dangers, and clearly not trains . william Huskisson would agree about trains!!

So yet another warning of the the daft extremism which passes as environmentalism

The Risk-Monger

In last year’s excellent book, The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles Mann juxtaposed two polemics on the environment in the 1940s during the turning point of agricultural development: Norman Borlaug and William Vogt. Borlaug (the Wizard) took the scientific approach to innovate and develop new tools to solve problems facing agriculture. Vogt (the Prophet and arguably the founder of the modern environmental movement) would see an environmental problem as a reason for man to pull back and let the planet heal itself.

To this day, both approaches (to innovate or to pull back and take precaution) have defined environmental debates. There is no doubt which side I fall on. Borlaug’s scientific route has allowed humanity to thrive over the last 70 years. The Green Revolution in agriculture led to global economic expansions as abundance led to generations of risk-takers being able to leave the land and develop other opportunities…

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  1. ianpalmer4

    I found this article fascinating Michael, thanks for sharing. I came to a similar conclusion after reviewing info about climate change for a talk on Fracking and Global Warming: What’s the Connection — the conclusion that more emphasis has been placed on stopping greenhouse gas emissions rather than innovative science to scrub emissions out of the atmosphere. A big surprise in my reading was that a major oil company CEO appeared to say that big oil companies will be needed to solve the problem of global warming AT SCALE (meaning on a large-enough scale) while at the same time producing fossil fuels that cause most of the global warming. Wow! I still wonder if I read this right. http://www.IanDexterPalmer.com

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