POLITICAL observations & opinions

* in science as in so many other areas, welcome to President Obama

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 22, 2009

GARDINER HARRIS and WILLIAM J. BROAD write in the NYT …

  • When he vowed in his Inaugural Address to “restore science to its rightful place,” President Obama signaled an end to eight years of stark tension between science and government.
  • On issues like stem cells, climate change, sex education and contraceptives, the Bush administration sought to tame and, in some cases, suppress the findings of many of the government’s scientific agencies.
  • Besides discouraging scientific pronouncements that contradicted administration policies, officials insisted on tight control over even routine functions of key agencies.
  • In early 2004, more than 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, issued a statement claiming that the Bush administration had systematically distorted scientific fact in the service of policy goals on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry.
  • The administration, it said, had “misrepresented scientific knowledge and misled the public about the implications of its policies.”

LMW COMMENT … George Bush’s rejection of science was a less well publicized but still very important way in which he diminished our country. With his lack of curiosity and limited intelligence, Bush never seemed to understand the value of science. It is so good to have a real president again instead of the caricature that occupied the oval office for the past 8 years.

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/us/politics/22science.html?hp

 

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