First, the good news, though. Phil Plait (of the Bad Astronomy Blog) reports today at The Huffington Post that the House just passed HR 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As he notes, scientists have plenty of reasons to be happy about this:
Scientists in government agencies (NASA, NOAA, FDA, etc), laboring for years under the heavy cloud of scientific suppression, can now feel safer if they want to call foul. And call foul they will, since there has been cripplingly obvious, sweeping, and routine suppression of scientific findings for the past few years.
There’s no need for me to repeat the list here.
The bill passed by a margin of 331-94. So, why am I banging my head against the wall?
Interestingly, not a single Democrat voted against this bill on the House floor. Not one. Yet 94 votes against it were cast. Guess which party those Representatives belonged to?
Listen. It’s not that I want to continuously berate the Republican Party day after day on my blog, but when its members refuse–in the face of overwhelming evidence–to vote in favor of protecting scientists from flagrant Bush Administration political interference, can you really blame me?
Update: Chris Mooney has more.