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What do climate scientists and 80's metal band Twisted Sister have in common?

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As news broke this week that climate scientists with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) were planning a campaign against skeptics, I was reminded of a song by 80's metal band Twisted Sister:

"We're not gonna take it, no, we ain't gonna take it"

A quote by University of St. Thomas professor John Abraham in the Chicago Tribune was especially telling:

"We are taking the fight to them because we are ... tired of taking the hits. The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed."

As someone who works in environmental communications, I find this change in direction rather stunning.

I'm curious what others think about the AGU announcement? Is this type of response appropriate? Should climate scientists - many of whom are university faculty - preemptively wade into the policy debate surrounding this issue? What are the risks for academics?

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