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Trump vs. NYT on Improving the Science Government Uses to Form Public Policy (Guest: Merrill Matthews)

June 13, 2019

The New York Times critique of the Trump administration's efforts to improve the science used by government agencies to make public policy was way off base. Trump's actions uphold the scientific method and should improve public policy.

Climate models are notoriously inaccurate and the farther out the projections they make the more wrong they are. Recognizing this is a weakness of all econometric and climate models, the Trump administration has suggested limiting the projections used by government agencies to 2040. The New York Times blasted the proposal say Trump was attacking climate science and preventing the government from "reporting on the future effects," of climate change. Matthews responds, "one might be forgiven for thinking that reporting was supposed to focus on past events. Indeed, it’s not entirely clear how one reports on something that hasn’t happened—and may never happen."
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org