10,000 U.S SCIENTISTS REJECT INTERFERENCE

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10,000 U.S SCIENTISTS REJECT INTERFERENCE

 user 2006-12-18 at 2:41:00 pm Views: 40
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    US scientists reject interference
    Some
    10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about
    political interference in the scientific process.The statement, which
    includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of
    scientific integrity in government policy.According to the American
    Union of Concerned Scientists, data is being misrepresented for
    political reasons.It claims scientists working for federal agencies
    have been asked to change data to fit policy initiatives.The Union has
    released an “A to Z” guide that it says documents dozens of recent
    allegations involving censorship and political interference in federal
    science, covering issues ranging from global warming to sex
    education.Campaigners say that in recent years the White House has been
    able to censor the work of agencies like the Environmental Protection
    Agency and the Food and Drug Administration because a Republican
    congress has been loath to stand up for scientific integrity.”It’s very
    difficult to make good public policy without good science, and it’s
    even harder to make good public policy with bad science,” said Dr Peter
    Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development,
    Environment and Security.”In the last several years, we’ve seen an
    increase in both the misuse of science and I would say an increase of
    bad science in a number of very important issues; for example, in
    global climate change, international peace and security, and water
    resources.”The statement was released at the American Geophysical
    Union’s Fall Meeting. It is an annual gathering of Earth
    scientists.Last year, it triggered a major row when a discussion here
    resulted in the renowned US space agency climate scientist Dr James
    Hansen later claiming he had come under pressure not to talk to the
    media on global warming issues.Michael Halpern from the UCS said the
    statement of objection to political interference had been supported by
    researchers regardless of their political views.”This science statement
    that has now been signed by the 10,000 scientists is signed by science
    advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations dating back
    to President Eisenhower, stating that this is not business as usual and
    calling for this practice to stop,” he told BBC News.The Union said is
    was hopeful that the new Congress taking office in January would show a
    greater commitment to protecting the integrity of the scientific
    process.