While still on th subject of junk science producing predetermined outcomes, I ran across this commentary about Michael Crichton's 2004 book, State of Fear. The writer, David Heinrich, makes the point that public policy should not be driven by biased research and used Crichton's views on the environmental movement as an example of how propaganda perverts fact and overstates outcomes that cannot be known. Activists and planners display a "fatal conceit" that they understand and can control complex systems.
When I first started reading the book, I had a sinking feeling, as it was initially told from the environmentalists perspective. There was predictable egotistical talk about saving the world from "industry". However, as the reader slowly learns, the author does not agree with the environmentalists he is portraying. Issues the book tackles include: the fatal conceit of believing that we can "manage" complex systems; the politicization of science; the unimpressive "evidence" for global warming; the folly of numerous regulations; and a brief touch on the environment under the care of the free market vs. socialism.
Much of our political life is wrapped around climate change (is the globe still warming?) and sustainability, and most people accept as fact the cataclysmic predictions of environmentalists if we don't behave as they tell us we should.
Environmental activist, Naomi Klein, rejects capitalism and sees it as the root of global social and environmental ills. Klein's dislike of capitalism and profit-seeking convince her that by changing the economic system, a climate disaster can be averted, even though there is no proof that this is so, and plenty of examples to demonstrate the opposite. The "state of fear" evoked by some environmentalists avoids reality and treats theory as fact.
From Klein's book "This Changes Everything: Climate vs Capitalism"
But as emissions have soared and as tipping points loom, that is changing rapidly.
Even Yvo de Boer, who held the U.N.’s top climate position until 2009, remarked
recently that “the only way” negotiators “can achieve a 2-degree goal is to shut
down the whole global economy.”48
Crichton takes aim at junk science in "State of Fear." His Author's Statement includes his own thoughts on climate change and environmentalism. (Emphasis mine.)