Environmental scientists are so obsessed with the righteousness of their cause that they are damning those who wish to use science as an objective tool in public policy decisions.
Environmental policy has too often evolved largely in reaction to popular panics, not in response to sound scientific analyses of which environmental hazards present the greatest risks. Some of the laws written in reaction to public concerns about, say, toxic waste dumps or asbestos in schools, were based on little, if any, sound research about the true nature of the threat. Thousands of regulations have been written to restrict compounds that had caused cancer in rats or mice, even though these animal studies often fail to predict how the compounds might affect humans. As a result, billions of dollars are wasted each year in battling problems that are no longer considered especially dangerous, leaving little money for others that cause far more harm.
The benefits of environmental alarmism outweigh the costs.