Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Bush's Junk Science That's the title of a magnificent cover story from the current issue of The Nation, available here. Don't overlook the numerous sidebars as well. The article argues persuasively that Bush treats science as just one more political tool at his disposal, and not as a source for unbiased information about the state of the world. Bush has staffed important scientific advisory committees not with competant scientists, but with political hacks. Data that contradicts his preferred view of the world, most notably on global warming is doctored or ignored. As the article notes:

Today, flat-earthers within the Bush Administration--aided by right-wing allies who have produced assorted hired guns and conservative think tanks to further their goals--are engaged in a campaign to suppress science that is arguably unmatched in the Western world since the Inquisition. Sometimes, rather than suppress good science, they simply order up their own. Meanwhile, the Bush White House is purging, censoring and blacklisting scientists and engineers whose work threatens the profits of the Administration's corporate paymasters or challenges the ideological underpinnings of their radical anti-environmental agenda. Indeed, so extreme is this campaign that more than sixty scientists, including Nobel laureates and medical experts, released a statement on February 18 that accuses the Bush Administration of deliberately distorting scientific fact "for partisan political ends."

Bush has proven time and again that nothing he says can be taken at face value. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago the Republicans were lecturing everyone about the profound harm done to the country when the President lies about his sex life.


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