Politicians who take the view that a "majority of scientists believe" a certain way, so therefore I'll make my policy on those grounds, is self serving or dangerous.
Too many politicians operate on that basis when making economic decisions as the majority of economists are Keynesian and advocate public spending.
The question a good politician (an oxymoron) must ask is-not just does the science or economics make sense but is there a political agenda behind it?
Clearly Keynesians and politicians were made for each other as that branch of economics advocates public spending and deficits which plays squarely to the politician's strengths.
Global warming is also supported by special interests who have a financial interest in the matter in passing cap and trade.
So its may be easy to get a majority of paid scientists or economists to come to a conclusion, but that doesnt mean its the right one or that its a sensible way of making decisions.
The majority is often wrong.
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