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"If the work holds up—a big “if,” as the paper’s findings are already coming under heavy scrutiny—it could hold serious implications for public policy."

Why should scientific data be doubted simply because its implications, if taken seriously, would be to cause more inconvenience or less money-making in our lives?

Because it would be too easy to influence public policy by any interested parties. We already know corporations sponsor papers for their PR, this just means it would become a simple tool to influence policy.

Thats not what your quote says.

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