chapter  11
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SEEING THE WOOD

As environmental pressure groups matured, they learned to employ scientific data and standards of evidence as a safeguard over credibility. What they sometimes seemed in danger of forgetting was that they, too, were capable of putting science on a pedestal to which it had no claim. Science deals in verifiable evidence but scientists hardly ever agree on the interpretation of that evidence, let alone use it to contradict the view of their clients and paymasters whether these happen to be Prime Ministers or pressure groups.