Posted by: Dan | December 13, 2006

A to Z Guide to Political Interference

With the Union of Concerned Scientists’ latest petition of scientists rejecting political interference, I noticed an excellent (and nicely arranged) resource list of political interferences in science since Bush took office in 2001. I actually kinda like the periodic table format the best. The list is long, at upwards of 30, and I haven’t checked to see if it’s even a complete list.

The petition announcement is quoted below the fold as well:

10,000 Scientists Speak Out
As the list of examples of political interference in science has grown, so has concern from diverse groups of Americans, from ordinary citizens to members of Congress to the nation’s leading newspapers. Particular concern comes from the scientific community, as scientists know first hand that a healthy respect for independent science has been the foundation of American prosperity and contributed greatly to our quality of life.

In 2004, 62 renowned scientists and science advisors signed a scientist statement on scientific integrity, denouncing political interference in science and calling for reform. On December 9, 2006, UCS released the names of more than 10,000 scientists of all backgrounds from all 50 states—including 52 Nobel Laureates—who have since joined their colleagues on this statement.

If you are a scientist, you can add your voice to the statement right now. And all citizens can take action on a critical scientific integrity challenging us today: the EPA’s decision to hastily close its unique network of scientific libraries. Call today and tell the EPA to stop destroying documents, selling off library equipment, and limiting access to its critical scientific collection.



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