Science to Government: We Need to Talk

| 3/11/2008 12:07:51 PM

BushOne of the legacies being left by the Bush administration is a combative and regressive relationship between science and the government. This falling out has led concerned citizens and members of the scientific community to demand a public debate on science and technology in the 2008 presidential race.

The people behind are spearheading a petition to make this debate a reality. Signatories include Nobel Prize winners, university presidents, and a bi-partisan group of politicians. Their mission statement reads:

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.

(Thanks, Commonweal Institute.)

Erik Helin

Gene Blodgett
3/18/2008 10:51:26 PM

It is about darn time (PAST THE TIME) that something is done about the head in the sand idiots in the white house overriding science and common sense

Jeffery Biss
3/17/2008 3:56:44 PM

Is this a surprise? Many on the right have been fighting rational and critical thought to support their ideology and theology since Reagan appointed Watt and tried to foist Bork upon us. Profit is threatened by science when it proves that earth's systems do not function the way economists want them to. Economic growth and its required environmental degradation cannot continue forever without leading to system collapse. Fundamentally it is this inconvenient truth that threatens the right and leads them to disregard science and empirical truth.

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