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The Politics of Science

Great articles/sites on Bush Science and Politics.


Rep. Henery Waxman's committee has done a lot of homework on the ways the Bush administration has manipulated the scientific process to benefit their policy.

MotherJones also has a useful timeline of the subtle and not so subtle changes in committeee makeup and rules that the Bush Administration is tinkering with to gut environmental protection

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What do I do?

1. Make sure you look up the issues you debate, look for all the "bush-vodoo-science", that is related to the issues that you work on. Look up all the science that groups you are consistently fighting might use. Also watch the committee list http://www.house.gov/reform/min/politicsandscience/method_committees.htm
if they release a report, or change the rules it is a good opportunity to point out the manipulation.

2. Pull together some talking points and pre-write a rapid response release.

3. Build a local media list (many of the national outlets have covered the story) and an email list of opinon leaders that you should send a rapid response to in the event that your opposition quotes the faulty science or committee.

4. Start monitoring the news

5. Set your browser start up page to a google search page ... Search Google for your key terms, copy the complete url ...IE.. http://www.google.com/search?q=perchlorate+Maryland into the Home page for your browser. (This way when you open your browser each day you will produce a fresh search.) When a news story pops up implement the rapid atttack.

6. Pass on the links to the site and sign up for the updates from the committee.

Talking points from the Site and the full report.

The American people depend upon federal agencies to develop science-based policies that protect the nation’s health and welfare. Recently, however, leading scientific journals have begun to question whether scientific integrity at federal agencies has been sacrificed to further a political and ideological agenda.
The report Politics and Science in the Bush Administration (.pdf) finds numerous instances where the Administration has manipulated the scientific process and distorted or suppressed scientific findings. Beneficiaries include important supporters of the President, including social conservatives and powerful industry groups.

A full overview of Bush on the environment can be found on the NRDC site

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