Why delegating comprehension of climate science is a bad idea

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Obama thinks he doesn’t need to understand anything about climate science, to know what needs to be done. However, in my opinion, this is a demonstrably poor management strategy.

How many times have you heard President Obama say something like the following:

“They’ll say, ‘You know, I’m not a scientist,’ Well, I’m not either. But the best scientists in the world know that climate change is happening.”

(Read more at The Guardian)

Obviously its difficult to directly measure whether this disengaged approach is a bad strategy for managing climate research. It takes decades to discover whether a given climate research effort has yielded an improved ability to model and predict changes in the climate. We do know that climate models to date have a dismal track record of prediction.

However, we can look at other areas where non-expert managers have to manage…

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