[extropy-chat] article: Bush Administration Accused of Misusing Science

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Fri Apr 2 13:15:50 UTC 2004


Bush Administration Accused of Misusing Science

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An independent science group claims to have documented scores of
cases of scientific manipulation and abuse throughout the federal

Despite efforts by the Bush administration to dismiss as biased a
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report and a statement by 62
prominent scientists charging widespread manipulation and misuse of
science in the federal government, the controversy has refused to
fade away. In the weeks following the 18 February release of the
report Scientific Integrity in Policymaking and the scientists'
statement (see http://www.ucsusa.org/global_environment/rsi), Office
of Science and Technology Policy Director John Marburger said the
report was wrong and told a Senate committee that he would "respond
in some detail" to the allegations. He later said he was "preparing
a very detailed analysis of the document to show the truth."

The UCS report, which cites scores of incidents, charges that "there
is a well-established pattern of suppression and distortion of
scientific findings by high-ranking Bush administration political
appointees across numerous federal agencies." It adds that there is
"strong documentation of a wide-ranging effort to manipulate the
government's scientific advisory system to prevent the appearance of
advice that might run counter to the administration's political
agenda." The report says the "scale of the manipulation, suppression
and misrepresentation of science by the Bush administration is

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