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Conclusion: The Only Way to Keep the Sky from Falling Is…

  • James T. Bennett
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Abstract

Killer asteroids, trips to Mars, Russian satellites arcing across the sky: we’ve come a long way from the debates over John Quincy Adams’s “light-houses of the sky” — or even Vannevar Bush’s National Science Foundation. Big Science has learned well how to obtain funding for even outlandish-sounding projects. But there also exists a counter-tradition of constitutionalist skepticism that views both National Defense Education Acts (NDEAs) and Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) — not to mention the National Education Association — with a critical eye. That tradition has become a distinctly minority affair, but in the coming age of missions to Mars and planetary defense schemes, we may need it more than ever. The time has come to hear from the Frank Jewetts again.

Keywords

Global Warming Climate Research Unit Academic Dishonesty National Education Association Holocaust Denier 
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Notes

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    Leake, “The Great Climate Change Scandal.”Google Scholar
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    Leake, “The Great Climate Change Scandal.”Google Scholar
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    Quoted in Alexander Cockburn, “Turning Tricks, Cashing in on Fear,” Counterpunch.com, December 18, 2009.Google Scholar
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    Christopher Booker, “The Worst Scientific Scandal of Our Generation,” The Sunday Telegraph (London), Nov 29, 2009.Google Scholar
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    Jonathan Leake, “There’s Just One Problem: CRU Dumped Climate Data,” The Sunday Times, November 29, 2009.Google Scholar
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    Will, “The Climate-Change Travesty.”Google Scholar
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    Booker, “The Worst Scientific Scandal of Our Generation.”Google Scholar
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    Cockburn, “Turning Tricks, Cashing in on Fear.”Google Scholar
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    John Ingham, “Climate Change ‘Fraud,’” Daily Express (London), December 2, 2009.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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