IEER Head Authors Editorial on Public Reaction to Marcellus Research
Kenneth Klemow, Director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research recently authored an editorial that addressed the public’s reaction to the science relating to potential impacts of Marcellus shale development. His editorial was published last week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a publication of the Ecological Society of America.
In his editorial, Klemow asserted that smart decision-making on energy issues depends on the public’s objective assessment of scientific research. Citing an example relating to a recent Duke University study on methane in drinking water wells near Marcellus operations, Klemow argued that the public “cherry picks” the science that agrees with their preconceived positions.
To overcome the public’s tendency to cherry-pick the science, Klemow called on his fellow scientists to avoid even the appearance of bias. He also recommended that educators teach students about cherry-picking when discussing concepts that require critical thinking.
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment has a worldwide readership that includes scientists, educators, policy-makers, and environmental leaders.
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