Adopting the Tactics of the Other Side

One of my frustrations with the climate change debate is the way both sides misuse the science. I’ve brought this up before with respect to hurricanes, and Roger Pielke Jr. today notes that it’s happening again:

On occasion here at Prometheus we’ve observed that within the scientific community proponents of action to mitigate climate change have an increasing tendency to misjustify, overstate, or misuse science in support of their agenda. By engaging in such hyperbole, the scientist-advocates are, ironically enough, adopting some of the exact same tactics that opponents of action to mitigate climate change have been criticized for by many of the exact same proponents of action.