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Thursday, December 14, 2006

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 Bush wages continuing war on science

Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process.

The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy.

Campaigners say that in recent years the White House has been able to censor the work of agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration because a Republican congress has been loath to stand up for scientific integrity.

"It's very difficult to make good public policy without good science, and it's even harder to make good public policy with bad science," said Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security.

"In the last several years, we've seen an increase in both the misuse of science and I would say an increase of bad science in a number of very important issues; for example, in global climate change, international peace and security, and water resources."

The statement comes one day after it was reported that the Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in an effort to control research that might go against official policy:

New rules require screening of all facts and interpretations by agency scientists who study everything from caribou mating to global warming. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, even minor reports or prepared talks....

If you are not already familiar with Chris Mooney's outstanding blog on the topic, go check it out.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Dragon said...

The Russians tried supplanting real science with fake, state-supported science once. In the long run, this policy didn't work out so well.

"Born Trofim Denisovich Lysenko,
he was a follower of the Lamarckian school, staunchly refuting the Mendellian theory of genetics-based evolution. Lysenko believed in “immediate results,” and achieved them on occasions. However, he propounded extremely vague theories that failed to pass the rigours that
scientific discipline demands. Lysenko believed that the critical factor that determines the length of the vegetation period in a plant was not its genetic makeup, but its interaction with the environment."

http://www.sandeepweb.com/2003/12/12/biologys-rasputin/

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