Trusting science


Article reads: Trust? Scientists know things that non-scientists don’t know, but they are human, which makes them fallible. And as recent events have shown, not all scientists are above the political fray. Consider Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winning physicist. In 2009, Chu’s staff approved $535 million loan guarantee to the Fremont solar company, Solyndra. Within two years, despite half a billion in taxpayer dollars, Solyndra announced last week it was filing for bankruptcy, shuttering its remaining plant, and laying off 1,100 workers. That was one miscalculation. Mistakes happen.

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