Politics and Science

The Intersection

Category archives for Politics and Science

So, I have to say I find this funny. On the one hand we have the current, perverse attempt to forecast all the ways in which Democrats and scientists are going to fall into big conflicts soon, now that the Dems have so much power. The idea here is to construct a false equivalence between…

A lot of people right now are striving desperately to establish this notion. Neil Munro’s big story in the latest National Journal (here, subscription) is the latest example. In essence, it postulates a bunch of new rifts that are going to open between scientists and Democrats now that the latter are in power. I’m quoted…

I realize I am a little bit late to this party. But recently (here, there, and everywhere) all of ScienceBlogs was abuzz about Sen. Tom Harkin’s complaint that various complementary and alternative remedies are not being validated by the NIH office supposedly designed to do so–namely, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).…

Eruptions of Know-Nothingism

My latest Science Progress column sets Bobby Jindal’s latest comments mocking volcano monitoring in the context of longstanding attacks on individual scientific grants–which goes all the way back to Senator William Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece” awards, if not further. While this tradition is to some extent bipartisan, it has certainly been more honored of late by…

Guest post by Brian Hare, Evolutionary Anthropologist at Duke University Last month, a 200 pound male chimpanzee named Travis mauled a woman outside the home where he has been living with his owner Sandra Herold. Charla Nash was nearly killed by Travis and now has life changing wounds to her face while Travis was stabbed…

Mike Dunford has the details, based on Congressional Quarterly‘s reporting. There are apparently multiple senators blocking two of Obama’s key science appointees from taking their posts. This is outrageous–a totally new kind of “war on science”–and we need a full court press. Details here.

We can if we’re Fox News. Or Matt Drudge. These people use any snowstorm as reason to cast doubt on global warming. It’s as predictable as…well, no, it’s a lot more predictable than the weather. I really regret that important global warming protests and actions always seem to be timed so that they coincide with…

The Washington Post (the news part) reports that the man who is now one of my senators, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, has placed a hold on the nominations of John Holdren and Jane Lubchencho, and won’t allow them to be voted on. Reportedly, “Menendez is using the holds as leverage to get Senate leaders’…

I kinda suspected–but didn’t bother to prove–that George Will was recycling parts of his anti-global warming balderdashery, particularly his strained paragraph about global cooling in the 1970s, replete with misleading references. Well, Brad Johnson has done the work: It appears Will has a rotating (and very limited) set of global warming talking points that date…

According to CNN, former Governor Gary Locke (D-WA) is likely to be nominated by President Obama as our next Secretary of Commerce. Given NOAA accounts for up to 65% of the Commerce Department budget, you bet I’m eager to learn more. Among many duties, the incoming Secretary of Commerce faces enormous ocean related challenges so…