4000 Scientists Confront Bush Administration
July 08, 2004
From Chris Mooney:
The Union of Concerned Scientists, Parte Deux
So here's the news I was telling you about. I'm in the middle of listening to a phone-in press conference by the Union of Concerned Scientists, in which the group has announced that more than four thousand of scientists have now signed their February statement on scientific integrity--including 48 Nobel Laureates. The group also just released a new report (available here) showing that the Bush administration has blithely continued to do what it was originally accused of: Egregiously politicizing science.
The new case studies highlighted at the press conference have all been previously covered on this blog. They concern membership on the President's Council on Bioethics, the Pacific salmon issue (in which the Bush administration proposed counting hatchery fish for Endangered Species Act purposes), and the administration's refusal to appoint top scientists to advise the NIH's Fogarty International Center. UCS got leading scientists to discuss each issue on the recent conference call: Janet Rowley, a President's Council on Bioethics member and renowned cell biologist at the University of Chicago; Robert Paine, a zoologist at the University of Washington who's served as a previous head of the Ecological Society of America and is a salmon recovery expert; and Dr. Gerald T. Keusch, who until recently served as director of NIH's Fogarty International Center.
In a subsequent post, I will describe what these scientists have to say. But for now, start reading the report.....