The Art of the Unsolvable: Locating the Vital Center of Science for Environmental Law & Policy
David E. Adelman
University of Texas School of Law; University of Texas - School of Law, The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law
Environmental Law, 2007
Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 07-17
The image of science that has emerged from debates over environmental policy is distorted by expectations that are simultaneously too great and too modest. By clinging to a classical vision of science, critics set environmental science up for failure; by presuming that scientific results are primarily the product of ideology, they risk trivializing their value. This Article looks beyond the domain of environmental law to identify appropriate benchmarks for the role of science in environmental policymaking. A unique contribution of the Article is identification of finance theory and modeling as an exemplar for effective application of sophisticated scientific methods.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: law and science, environmental science, statistics, scientific uncertainty, risk
JEL Classification: K32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 6, 2007
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