Archive for July 11th, 2010

Restoring scientific integrity.

Jul 11, 2010 in Politics

Maybe fire the Bush hacks who were screwing up things before?

In keeping the Bush Interior Department managers and policies in place, Ruch said, Obama appointees have “turned a blind eye toward federal court rulings that said Bush-era lease reviews were environmentally deficient, as well as a GAO report documenting how agency scientists were routinely stifled and ignored.”

It’s important that President Obama give scientific integrity more than lip-service. I’ll grant that the man has too many plates spinning at the moment to deal with some minutae, and Obama is still trying to get scores of appointees through the obstructionist Senate, but it shouldn’t take more than a single conversation to set this problem straight. Fire the old hacks, let scientists work unimpeded by political concerns, enjoy the results.

-hw