Integrity of Science

Archives for February, 2007

Two House Committees are currently running a concurrent hearing to discuss revised Executive Order 12866, the January 18 Order that looks to delay and constrain several federal agencies’ abilities to implement new regulations and provide guidance to businesses, doctors, and others. E&E Daily (subscription required) reports that the official in charge of implementing the new…

Political distortions of the scientific process have undergone a dramatic rise in Washington over the past six years, according to the Senate testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute. Gleick’s testimony (download – PDF) was provided to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Climate Change Research and Science…

Bill Brennan, acting director of the Climate Change Science Program, was spinning the White House’s treatment of scientists at this morning’s Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity. “The administration takes the concerns of its scientists very seriously, and each department and agency is reviewing — and modifying, if necessary —…

The Daily Show is reporting that Punxsutawney Phil has been reassigned for statements he made during last week’s Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. After attempting to use media attention to warn against the dangers of anthropogenic climate change, Phil was put back in his hole. Not a week later, he has been reassigned to…

AEI Offering Cash for IPCC Criticism

The American Enterprise Institute offered British and American scientists cash for critique of the just-released IPCC report, according to UK’s Guardian newspaper. Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.…

Bush and Science: Not Like Ike

In Wednesday’s column, Boston Globe opinion writer Derrick Z. Jackson draws an interesting contrast between two presidents’ handling of the nation’s body of science in the face of adversity. Publicly, President Eisenhower downplayed the significance of Sputnik. A “useless hunk of iron.” Privately, he rallied his cabinet under its guidance created NASA and expanded the…