Forty years ago I think very few people would have argued otherwise. Perhaps science is not as healthy as it was then, but on the other hand, the very idea of expert opinion is threatened these days.
I make these observations in the light of an interesting opinion piece by Geoff Davies out of Australia arguing that
Those in strategic positions in our society, like politicians and journalists, who treat scientists’ collective professional judgments as no better than any other opinion are being seriously irresponsible.
(Update: Link inserted; thanks to Molnar)