Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution

To: "Robert Inglis" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:04:44 +1100
Hi Bob,

You have made some good points about free speech etc. but the biggest frustration for scientists is that we have to have some sound basis or evidence for our views but non-scientists, including journalists, can make the most outrageous claims that are accepted by many as 'facts'. The problem with this misinformation is that it affects politicians and bureaucrats in their decision making. This sort of irrational ranting will, potentially, result in a large amount of ecological damage being done in the name of fire prevention.

But I accept that, unfortunately, we have to live with the vitriol and irrationality of these uninformed people as we live in a democracy. But I can't help getting frustrated and cranky with them.


Greg Clancy

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