Tuesday, July 3, 2012

EPA is not required to reprove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question

Like most of you, I only know a few famous quotes concerning courts of appeal (life is too short, it is not ?)

There is Mr Dooley's devastating quip that "while the Constitution might follow the Flag , the Supreme Court follows the Election Returns".

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr 's clarion call to start the Holocaust, when in the infamous case of Buck versus Bell, he declared "three generations of imbeciles is enough" as the Supreme Court of America okayed the Science of Negative Eugenics and Hitler applauded.

Now a brand new quote is entering "The Book of Famous Law Quotes" .

It is only a week old but every commentator - sans, significantly, the Denier media - has seized upon it:
"The EPA is not required to reprove the existence of the atom , every time it  approaches a scientific question."

Ditto the IPCC .

Or any other major scientific decision-making body, trying to synthesize the results of thousands of reports; reports that have been already peer-reviewed by other scientists and critics, both before and after their publication.

Fittingly, since this is the 21st century after all, the Federal Court of Appeals firmly rejected the mid-19th century science of Determinism as created by Pierre-Simon LaPlace , preferring the late 19th century science of Statistical Probability as created by Ludwig Boltzmann.

Now if only we can finally get  21st century high school teachers to do the same .....

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