Annals of litigation science

by Walter Olson on January 14, 2011

“The amount of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon rig blowout will be determined by protracted court proceedings rather than purely scientific calculations, the nation’s top environmental enforcement officer said Thursday.” [Houston Chronicle]

{ 4 comments }

1 Chris 01.14.11 at 2:04 pm

Well that makes sense because lawyers are so good at math and science.

2 mojo 01.14.11 at 4:50 pm

1+1=ELEVENTY-GAZILLION!

3 GregS 01.16.11 at 7:18 pm

I look forward to the day when other scientific questions are answered by the courts (or legislatures) and not, as is the current quaint custom, by scientists. I look forward to hearing how the Supreme Court rules on the Unified Field Theory or what Congress ultimately decides is the true nature of dark matter.

It’s like we’re returning to the days when (in 1897) the Indiana state legislature tried (unsuccessfully) to redefine “pi” to be exactly 3.

4 J.T. Wenting 01.17.11 at 2:02 am

“I look forward to the day when other scientific questions are answered by the courts (or legislatures) and not, as is the current quaint custom, by scientists. ”

Global Warming Climate Change Catastrophic Climate Disruption?

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