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Something else is bothering me about yesterday’s USA Today article Science vs. politics gets down and dirty. It’s the implication that scientists are speaking out because of political bent. Science policy professor Daniel Sarewitz of Arizona State University in Tempe says: “I think the opportunity to use science as a political tool against Bush has…

This morning, hotel guests across the country this morning woke up to a chronicle of the divide between science and poltics in USA Today’s “Science vs. politics gets down and dirty.” There’s no need to hit the complimentary continental breakfast for a second cup of coffee when your morning news starts The relationship (between the…

In a nutshell: “This administration’s political appointees might be unique in their contempt for government scientists and the empiric process that shapes their work.” Read “Frog by frog.” Hat-tip to Michael Halpern

A number of voices have weighed in following this months revelation that Surgeon General Richard Cormona had been subject to widespread political restrictions from the White House during his 2002-2006 tenure. Many have held up the story as another example of politics and bias getting in the way of reality-based problem solving — the Kaiser…

Whose playbook are they reading?

Earlier this week we noted that the Bush administration is continuing its efforts to rewrite history with regard to its stance on global climate change. From E&ETV: Monica Trauzzi: We’ve seen a change in tune of sorts from the president recently relating to climate change. Beyond this latest proposal, he also mentioned climate for the…

In an interview with E&ETV last week (subscription required) White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton managed to get through the entire interview without touting the much-used but much-cherry-picked claim that the US has been beating Europe in reducing greenhouse gas emissions That’s not to say that there wasn’t some fuzzy math-talk and…