Monday, March 01, 2004

The Junk Science of George W. Bush

[The Bush administration and right-wing allies] are engaged in a campaign to suppress science that is arguably unmatched in the Western world since the Inquisition. Sometimes, rather than suppress good science, they simply order up their own.
They're suppressing EPA reports on air quality around the World Trade Center site, replacing independent review panels with industry-selected panels and, in at least one case, let a company monitor itself:
The Bush Administration reacted to the frightening findings not by banning this dangerous chemical, as the European Union has, but by taking the studies away from EPA scientists and, in an unprecedented move, giving the chemical's manufacturer, Switzerland-based Syngenta, control over federal research. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sherry Ford, a spokesperson for Syngenta, praised without irony the advantages of having the company monitor its own product. "This is one way we can ensure it's not presenting any risk to the environment."
Read The Junk Science of George W. Bush (which I found by way of AlterNet) and if you believe that scientists and science research should not be suppressed for political purposes, please share.

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