YOUR OPINION? Scientists' effect on biodiversity legislation

Student User clc at
Wed Jan 22 17:54:50 EST 1997

I'm a law student at the University of Texas.  I'm going to write a paper 
this semester about laws relating to biodiversity.  

I believe that, when scientists influence the writing of such laws -- 
either as consultants, paid lobbyists, or active political workers -- 
they have a negative effect.  It seems to me, admittedly early in my 
research, that scientists frequently move the direction of such laws 
towards an otherworldly, elitist overprotectiveness far removed from the 
needs and wants of the local constituency.  

Would anyone care to share their feelings about this with me?  I would 
welcome that.  I'm at j.fischer at

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