Shouting vs. Science: Environmental Activist Quote of the Week
A company in Clark County is looking to build a biomass energy plant. We've written about the science of biomass plants in the past. Although the economics of such a plant are shaky without some government support, the science indicates the plants are one of the best ways to provide renewable energy. They are much cheaper than alternatives such as solar panels.
Some, however, are fighting the plant. They are led by 2008 Green Party gubernatorial candidate Duff Badgley. Last weekend Badgley outlined his strategy to stop the plant:
“Don’t think we don’t know how to win. We do,” he said. But he said it takes a “confrontational, deliberately inflammatory style.”
It is telling that Badgley recognizes that environmental policy is determined by who can be more "inflammatory" –not by who has the better science. In that sense, we agree with him.
Unfortunately, that inflammatory approach has too often come to characterize the important debates regarding how to promote responsible environmental policy. The result is environmental policy that substitutes shouting for thinking and science.