Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bush's "retardation of science research"

We who have been paying attention already knew it, but here's the latest on the Bush-whacked Department of Science:

In his final State of the Union address, President George W. Bush devoted several lines to science and technology topics. He called for research and funding to reduce oil dependency and reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.

But several scientists around the country aren't buying what they see as rhetoric not backed by funding. And they are frustrated by what they view as the White House's morality-based politics that they say ignores scientific evidence, distorts facts and leads to outright censorship of reports and scientists.

In email interviews this week with 21 researchers in various fields of study, LiveScience and found widespread criticism for Bush's "retardation of research," as one scientist put it, that threatens to knock the country out of its global leadership role in science and technology.

"Science has been seriously undermined by the censorship and alteration of testimony and news releases," said Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Science and facts are not a factor in decisions, and ideology dominates."


Ideological science is hogwash at best serving the right-wing Christians who twice put him in the White House. After all, science facts might just undermine much of what is written in the Bible, the so-called word of God. Were any of it proved not to be true, many of these Christians would have little to base their faith on.

How much damage can one man create in 7 years is being answered day after sorry day. The economy, the military, the image, trustworthiness and now science have all taken a tumble under this president. The next occupant of the White House will spend all four years of their term attempting to right the wrongs, undo the ideology, and fix what he broke.

What a tremendous undertaking that will be: a clean-up presidency.

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