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Great article. Unfortunately, science will always be tied to politics. The key is for the scientists themselves to try and remain impartial. Let results speak for themselves and never take part in silencing opposition.
On another note, I find it a bit troubling that Johnson used “big fish stories” as part of her research and let it shape policy. Science needs to remain free of bias and pure. Often, this kind of “speculative science” is what gives science at large, a bad name. When lacking historical data the answer is just to say so or present the data that you can prove. I have no doubt that pollution is an issue but when you present anecdotal evidence and base your science around that, you muddy the water, so to speak.
Scientists need to be careful about where they make their bedfellows. The radical leftists hate free speech, and many of our other rights, too.
Unfortunately, this does seem to be the case. Interested parties could google recent events at Evergreen State and Berkley, in the USA.
It is a sad time to be open minded and liberal.