Scientists Accuse Obama Administration of Continuing Political Manipulation of Science

Scientists have gone public with allegations that the Obama Administration has continued the practice of the Bush administration in blocking scientists and ignoring scientific conclusions for political reasons.


While, upon taking office, President Obama ordered his advisers to develop rules to “guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch,” scientists claim that his administration has continued controversial projects where politics trumped science and has continued the practice of ignoring scientific reviews.

For example, in Florida, water-quality experts have complained that the White House is continuing to block efforts to assess damage to the Everglades stemming from development projects. Other scientists complained of being pressured to minimize the damage of dams on salmon populations and overgrazing on federal land.

Source: LA Times

65 thoughts on “Scientists Accuse Obama Administration of Continuing Political Manipulation of Science”

  1. Mike A., Buddha, FF Leo, lottakatz, rafflaw, vlf2112–

    Thanks to all for you kind words. I wish I could relive this past weekend. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

    *****

    rafflaw,

    My daughter is are only child. My husband beamed as he walked her down the aisle.

    *****
    FFLeo,

    Thank you. Compliment appreciated. Elizabeth Hasselbeck is VERY pretty. She is also “pretty” dumb.

    BTW, my daughter is not as politically opinionated as her mom. There’s still time yet–she’s young. I’ll see what I can do.

  2. Elaine,

    That is indeed interesting. I’m glad the librarian not only has a suspect in mind but took appropriate initial action. Although the Twain quote has an element of truth to it, the bookmarks – like all propaganda – distorts that truth to promote an anti-educational (and ergo anti-intellectual) agenda. And like most effective propaganda, it’s most insidious and damaging when it targets the young and impressionable. However, planting them in the S/F section was probably a waste of time given the personality type that kind of literature attracts. It is important to not forget that anti-intellectualism is not just a hallmark of fascism, but the raison d’etre for such violent actions as those of the Khemer Rouge’s bloody rampage and the Chinese Communists under Mao during the “Cultural Revolution”.

    Smart people don’t like being oppressed.

    Stupid people don’t know when they’re being oppressed.

  3. Buddha–

    Here’s an article from School Library Journal that I thought you might find interesting:

    From School Library Journal (July 13, 2010)
    New Hampshire Library Uncovers Thousands of Anti-School Bookmarks in Stacks

    It all started with an accident in the science fiction section. A shelf fell in the stacks and a bunch of books tumbled onto the floor. “And when the books splayed open, a little blue bookmark fell out of each one,” says Cathy Beaudoin, director of New Hampshire’s Dover Public Library.

    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/885842-312/new_hampshire_library_uncovers_thousands.html.csp

    Excerpt: It all started with an accident in the science fiction section. A shelf fell in the stacks and a bunch of books tumbled onto the floor.

    “And when the books splayed open, a little blue bookmark fell out of each one,” says Cathy Beaudoin, director of New Hampshire’s Dover Public Library. A quick check of the two shelves above and the two shelves below found that all the books had identical bookmarks printed with information about Freedomain Radio, which, according to its website, is a philosophical radio show that discusses politics, science, economics, atheism, and “how to achieve real freedom in your life today.”

    It turned out that every book in the science fiction area had one of these bookmarks–so staffers went looking for more. It took 30 hours, spread over a two week period in May, for library employees and volunteers to uncover more than 5,000 bookmarks placed in books throughout the three floor, 20,000 square foot building.

    They turned up everywhere, in philosophy, history, political science, economics, sociology, and even in the YA section, says Beaudoin. But the bookmarks there-which totaled about 2,000-were from an affiliated organization called the School Sucks Project. According to its website and Facebook site, the organization supports ending publicly funded education because it values order and obedience and stifles creativity.

    (The bookmark has a quote by Mark Twain: “Never let your schooling interfere with your education.”)

  4. Jericho,

    I’ve many times said that individuals (or even small groups) of humans can be wonderful things but that on the whole as a species, we suck. Much of that suck-itude stems directly from various forms of ego worship (greed, narcissism, etc.) overriding critical thought. But that’s part of the battle that is “the good fight” – to get people as a whole to think more and to consequently suck less.

    Now where’s my rock to push up that hill? I’ve got a lot to do before my appointment to be chained to a rock and have my liver eaten by a great eagle.

  5. Buddha,

    “critical” and “thinking” are two of the scariest words our modern populace has ever heard. That requires effort and interest. Smart man said that everyone gets everything he deserves. You get the partner you deserve, the president you deserve, you get the system you deserve…

    As George Carlin said: “Maybe it’s not the politicians that smell, maybe something else smells around here… like the public. Yeah, the public sucks, put that on your bumper sticker.”

  6. Elaine,
    Congratulations on the wedding of your daughter. I remember walking my oldest daughter down the aisle a few years back and it is one of my favorite memories. The pictures are great, but your memories are brighter and more exciting. Congratulations! Now, wait until you become a grandparent! Now, that is exciting!

  7. Blouise:

    “My husband drinks, gasp … Gin.”

    ************

    Save that man, please!

  8. mespo727272
    1, July 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    Blouise:

    “16 million years till the rapture … whatever will we do?”

    **************

    Personally, I ‘m baking cookies. You know the little round butter cookies with the fruit jam in the middle. A few dozen and some Dewars Signature is heaven to me. Maybe some red velvet cake, too!

    =============================================================
    You and Mrs. Mespo have to visit the next time you drive the Ohio Turnpike … I will serve you a killer red velvet cake and original, mixed all by hand as taught to me by my great Aunt Sarah, scottish shortbread … the rapture can wait! My original, from my own culinary mind, chocolate mousse is beyond description. I am a Glenfarclas 30yo fan but can certainly scare up Dewars Sig. My husband drinks, gasp … Gin.

  9. Blouise:

    “16 million years till the rapture … whatever will we do?”

    **************

    Personally, I ‘m baking cookies. You know the little round butter cookies with the fruit jam in the middle. A few dozen and some Dewars Signature is heaven to me. Maybe some red velvet cake, too!

  10. Blouise,

    My Bad! I answered your answer. Thank you for taking the time to let me know of your experiences. I appreciate it.

    Jill

  11. Jill,

    People wanted to have a beer with Bush.

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    I’m still of the opinion that people wanted to have a beer with Will Ferrell portraying Bush. (sorry for going off subject) … (and I answered you on the book club thing)

  12. Ms. Elaine, Thanks for the links and congratulations on your daughters beautiful wedding. It looked like a fabulous day. Your daughter is lovely (as was her entire retinue and mom!) and the church was beautiful.

  13. Mike A,

    I couldn’t agree more. In my opinion the politicization of science just leads to crappy science used inappropriately.

  14. One of the most insidious effects of the politicization of science is its impact on the way in which science and the scientific method have come to be perceived by the public. First, increased partisanship produces knee-jerk reactions to scientific developments which suggest the need for life-style changes. Climate change is a perfect example. Second, people believe that they can legitimately reject any scientific theories that contradict religious beliefs. Hence, we have the pseudo-science of creationism. In each instance, the underlying assumption is that scientific truths are mere matters of opinion, which one is free to accept or reject based upon personal standards of acceptability which are wholly unrelated to knowledge. Most rational people would agree that one who proposes to write a critical examination of the poetry of Emily Dickinson should properly begin by reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson and learning something about the period in which she lived. Nevertheless, people who don’t know the difference between a test tube and an inner tube fancy themselves competent to voice their opinions on the origins of black holes. Science education has a long way to go in this country.

  15. Ms. EM,

    Thanks for the link to the photos.

    Your lovely daughter looks a bit like Elizabeth Hasselbeck (the Survivor gal). That is a definite compliment since they are both beautiful women. However, I wager that they are near opposites regarding political philosophies.

  16. I’m not sure how it erases the fact that Obama’s administration is manipulating science in the service of industry to point out that people think he is a socialist. Many liberals think Obama is a great guy. People wanted to have a beer with Bush. Both of these ideas srr bizarre but they don’t alter the fact that there is a tremendous amount of wrongdoing going on under Obama’s watchful eye. I also don’t think we should keep letting politicians off the hook because they are trying to get votes through malfeasance. A leader is a person who takes risks and does what is right, even if there is a cost. It is better to lose an election than allow poison in drinking water. Some things simply should not be traded out for votes.

    It may also be true that people could be thought of as adults. Situations could be explained by a real leader, a leader who cared, and perhaps people would be swayed by reason. Just thinking out of the box on that one!

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