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Editorial

Submission + - Economists vs. Environmental Scientists

Alcyoneus writes: "In defense of Bjorn Lombord's new book, Cool It, John Tierny argues that economists make more accurate predictions than environmental scientists.

But it's worth remembering that specialists in the biological or physical sciences can be terribly short-sighted when imagining what problems will beset humans in the future. They can forecast how the physical world will change, but they're not always accurate even at that, and they're not not experts in analyzing human responses or in determining the policies that make the most economic and social sense.
Tierny gives several examples of biologists and physical scientists making bald economic predictions, notably outside their field, and ending spectacularly wrong. On questions of policy, why should we grant authority to environmental scientists?"

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