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The Economist On Lomborg

From their article on Lomborg’s vindication:

[The initial] finding, and the total absence of evidence or argument to support it, struck many as bizarre. Having read the DCSD’s report, we ourselves concluded, “The panel’s ruling—objectively speaking—is incompetent and shameful.”

On December 17th, Denmark’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation published its own response to the DCSD’s finding. It is more politely expressed than ours, but comes to much the same conclusion. The ruling is thrown back to the DCSD with instructions to think again. Among a long list of telling criticisms, the ministry says this: “the DCSD has not documented where [Dr Lomborg] has allegedly been biased in his choice of data and in his argumentation, and…the ruling is completely void of argumentation for why the DCSD find that the complainants are right in their criticisms of [his] working methods. It is not sufficient that the criticisms of a researcher’s working methods exist; the DCSD must consider the criticisms and take a position on whether or not the criticisms are justified, and why.”

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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