Ten thousand US scientific researchers, including 52 Nobel Laureates, have signed a statement protesting political interference in the scientific process and demanding a return to scientific integrity in government policy.
According to a recent BBC report, Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security said:
“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. 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.”
Michael Halpern from the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the BBC:
“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.”
It seems the White House has been able to censor agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration because of assistance from a Republican-controlled Congress.
Read the full report HERE.
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