Is George W. Bush
one of the ignorant Young Earth Creationists?
What might happen if you combined Ignorance and Power?
If the Ignorant Armies gained control, what steps might
these Creationists take to throw us back into the Dark Ages
of Religious Theocracy?
Answer: George C. Deutsch, a
24-year old presidential appointee (by Bush) to NASA tried
to force NASA scientists to call Global Warming and the Big
Bang “just theories”. It turns out his qualifications for
his job consisted of working for the elect Bush campaign.
Deutsch had also claimed that he had a degree from Texas
A&M University. Similar to other claims by the current
administration, this educational claim was fraudulent.
New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/politics/08nasa.html
(“Ignorance is Strength” graphic courtesy of http://www.internetweekly.org/2005/05/cartoon_bush_anti_science.html
A recent “Restoring
” statement authored by the Union of Concerned Scientists
the above questions may already be done deals. As of April 19,
2005 the statement has been signed by: “Signers
48 Nobel laureates
, 63 National Medal of Science
recipients, and 136 members of the National Academy of
If you wish to disagree with their support for the following
statements, please explain why you are right and the 48 Nobel
winners are wrong.
A summary of the UCS Restoring Scientific Integrity Statement
can be read at:
The full document can be seen at:
The title of the paper is:
Integrity in Policymaking
An Investigation into the Bush
Administration's Misuse of Science
Union of Concerned Scientists
(Most of the following statements are direct quotes from the
RSI report - the report that has been endorsed by 48 Nobel
Findings of the Investigation fall into 4 categories.
1. There is a well-established pattern of suppression and
distortion of scientific findings by high-ranking Bush
administration political appointees across numerous federal
agencies. These actions have consequences for human health,
public safety, and community well-being.
2. There is strong documentation of a wide ranging effort to
manipulate the government's scientific advisory system to
prevent the appearance of advice that might run counter to the
administration's political agenda.
3. There is evidence that the administration often imposes
restrictions on what government scientists can say or write
about "sensitive" topics.
4. There is significant evidence that the scope and scale of
the manipulation, suppression, and misrepresentation of
science by the Bush administration is unprecedented.
What's at Stake
This report has, however, provided substantial evidence that
objective scientific knowledge is being distorted for
political ends by the Bush administration, and misrepresented
or even withheld from Congress and the public at large.
These individuals express a deep concern about the many
actions by the Bush administration that have distorted or
undermined the analysis and reporting of scientific
Suppression and Distortion of Research
Findings at Federal Agencies
Tinkering with scientific information, either
striking it from reports or altering it, is becoming a pattern
of behavior. It represents the politicizing of a scientific
process, which at once manifests a disdain for professional
scientists working for our government and a willingness to be
less than candid with the American people.
The following section details the results of a
UCS investigation into numerous allegations that the current
administration has undermined the quality of the science that
informs policy making by suppressing, distorting, or
manipulating the work done by scientists at federal agencies.
Since taking office, the Bush administration has
consistently sought to undermine the public's understanding of
the view held by the vast majority of climate scientists that
human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide and other
heat-trapping gases are making a discernible contribution to
Were the case an isolated incident, it could
perhaps be dismissed as an anomaly. On the contrary, the Bush
administration has repeatedly intervened to distort or
suppress climate change research findings.
"It is not just a case of micromanagement, but
really of censorship of government information," a current
government official familiar with the case noted.
…published accounts to date have documented that
senior Bush officials suppressed and sought to manipulate
government information about mercury contained in an EPA
report on children's health and the environment.
The suppression of research on air pollution is
of serious concern because of its enormous impact on public
Distorting Scientific Knowledge on Reproductive
Health Issues (Section Heading)
The fact that the Bush administration ignores the
scientific evidence, troubling though that is, is not the
primary concern of this report. Rather, it is the fact that
the Bush administration went further by distorting the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) science-based performance
In addition to distorting performance measures,
the Bush administration has suppressed other information at
the CDC at odds with its preferred policies.
One particularly dramatic and well-documented
case involves Dr. James Zahn, a research microbiologist at the
USDA who asserts that he was prohibited on no fewer than 11
occasions from publicizing his research on the potential
hazards to human health posed by airborne bacteria resulting
from farm wastes.
Misrepresenting Evidence on Iraq's Aluminum
Tubes (Section Heading)
One particular case shows that the administration
knowingly disregarded scientific analysis of intelligence data
that contradicted its case.
Manipulation of Science Regarding the Endangered
Species Act (Section Heading)
Perhaps most troubling, however, has been the way
in which the Bush administration has suppressed or even
attempted to distort the scientific findings of its own
agencies to further its political agenda.
It's hard not to think that because our findings
don't match up with what they want to hear, they are putting a
new team on the job who will give them what they want.
Manipulating the Scientific Process on Forest
Management (Section Heading)
Suppression and Distortion of Research
Findings at Federal Agencies
The real issue here is that we are allowing
scientific advisory committees to be contaminated by people
who have clear bias, clear financial conflicts that will not
allow them to make unbiased scientific decisions.
… the current administration has repeatedly
allowed political considerations to trump scientific
qualifications in the appointment process.
As one medical researcher explains it, Banner's
position either ignores or willfully misreads some four
decades' worth of accumulating data on lead exposure in
In this case, however, the Bush administration
effectively denied the public an informed policy
recommendation by tampering with the integrity of the advisory
panel nominating process.
We've seen a consistent pattern of putting people
in who will ensure that the administration hears what it wants
I think it conveys very powerfully that part of
the goal is to intimidate researchers and limit what research
questions are asked.
I don't know for sure why these respected
scientists were kicked out, but it sure smelled foul.
In several cases, the Bush administration's
candidates for advisory positions have so lacked
qualifications or held such extreme views that they have
caused a public outcry.
His nomination represents a dramatic departure
from any past appointments to this committee. He is best known
for co-authoring a book that recommends particular scripture
readings as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome.
An Unprecedented Pattern of Behavior
However, a considerable number of individuals who
have served in positions directly involved in the federal
government's use of scientific knowledge and expertise have
asserted that the Bush administration is, to an unprecedented
degree, distorting and manipulating the science meant to
assist the formation and implementation of policy.
We're seeing a clear substitution of ideology for
science and it is causing many committed scientists to leave
Withholding of vital environmental information is
getting to be a bad habit with the Bush administration.
What's going on now is in many ways more
insidious. It happens behind the curtain. I don't think we've
had this kind of cynicism with respect to objective scientific
advice since I've been watching government, which is quite a
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