The Double Standard in Environmental Science

7 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2007

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Stanley W. Trimble

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


My experience suggested to me that ideology, not sound environmental science, has established a significant grip on the top scientific press. This article attempts to portray the emotionalism, exaggeration, and even ideological viciousness - qualities that to me define extremism - that have invaded the field of environmental science. It also considers the different standards of evidence required for pessimistic, as opposed to optimistic, views on environmental problems. As a backdrop, I will use my own specialty, soil erosion.

Keywords: the double standard in environmental science, stanley w. trimble, environment, science, environmental science, ideology, scientific press, green movement, environmental issues, ature, lomborg, the skeptical environmentalist, cambridge university press

JEL Classification: D83, D84, N50, O13, Q20, Q28, Q29, Q39

Suggested Citation

Trimble, Stanley W., The Double Standard in Environmental Science. Regulation, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 16-22, Summer 2007 , Available at SSRN:

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