I’ve argued in the past that my enthusiasm for the “scientization” meme comes from my experience covering all sorts of controversies, large and small, that play out in the same way: competing data used to support conflicting political positions. This doesn’t just happen on the big stuff, like climate change. It’s an intrinsic problem, found in nearly every political debate I’ve ever covered where data plays a role. Today’s case in point is the Albuquerque debate over red light cameras. It’s not merely “something … to be avoided in debates.” It’s intrinsic to how debates are conducted.