[Coral-List] Coral Reef Curmudgeons
ceo at lindorm.com
Mon Sep 20 16:59:07 EDT 2010
Steve, after the experience many had in the global warming debate
(being vilified or even demonized for having a different opinion) I
think most scientists have learned by now that one cannot say things
that are not PC, no matter how true or important they are...
On 2010-09-20, at 15:42, Steve Mussman wrote:
> I for one have no interest in getting involved with any list
> that has as it’s purpose to provoke, condemn or embarrass anyone
> based on their posted opinions. But, at the same time, I do believe
> that many of you “scientists” must come to realize the extent of
> the responsibility that you have come to possess. (Like it or not.)
> What will it take to get you to throw off your concerns about
> political correctness and institutionalized censorship and come
> to understand that there are actually issues at stake that require
> a more courageous and selfless level of participation?
> I know that considering your diversified backgrounds there are bound
> to be differences of opinion, but I fail to understand how so many
> educated individuals credentialed in the marine sciences can just
> sit by and fiddle while Rome burns.
> (Or while marine ecosystems approach their demise.)
> The bottom line is, in my opinion, that science holds the keys to our
> planet’s future and perhaps the future of mankind.
> (Forgive the melodramatic emphasis.)
> If any special interests are allowed to control the information
> necessary for a thorough debate, then the die has surely been cast.
> Somehow all of you must be encouraged to speak your minds and to do
> so somewhere
> in a way that emphatically enlightens the public on the issues of
> the day.
> This can be done without fear of litigation, but not without
> There should be enough impetus in just considering what is at stake.
> Steve Mussman
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