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June 21, 2004

Bush versus Science

As has been noted, Bush's failed relationship with the truth has extended to undermining scientific standards when it served his policy purposes.

Now, some scientists -- 48 Nobel Prize winners -- have endorsed Kerry in response. Note, these are all "hard" science winners (no "peace" prizes et al) but there is condemnation of Bush is quite tough:

President Bush and his administration are compromising our future...By reducing funding for scientific research, they are undermining the foundation of America's future. By setting unwarranted restrictions on stem cell research, they are impeding medical advances. By employing inappropriate immigration practices, they are turning critical scientific talent away from our shores. And by ignoring scientific consensus on critical issues such as global warming, they are threatening the earth's future. Unlike previous administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, the Bush administration has ignored unbiased scientific advice in the policy-making that is so important to our collective welfare.
It's a remarkable letter, but Bush has engaged in a remarkable war on our country's scientific status in the world, so it's not really that surprising.

Posted by Nathan at June 21, 2004 03:21 PM