Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Response to First Weekly Question -- Bill Funk replies

Bill Funk of Lewis & Clark provided some feedback on the first weekly questions:  Has the Bush Administration politicized science more than previous administrations and what are the best devices to check the politicization of science?

Link: Environmental Law Prof Blog: Has Bush Administration politicized science more than previous administrations?.

I vote yes to the first question: Do you believe that the Bush Administration has politicized science to a far greater extent than previous administrations?

As to the second question: What are the best devices to check the politicization of science? I think electing people for whom science is not a threat to their ideological or religious views. In other words, I don't think there are good ways to create effective (and efficient) administrative systems to protect against politicization of science. Judicial review of agency action provides at least some limit on the effects of politicization of science, but to the extent that Congress subscribes to the same agenda as the administration, one will not see effective non-judicial safeguards.

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KEEP THOSE CARDS AND LETTERS COMING -- I post comments made on weekly questions.  Comments for last week's question on Scalia, federalism, and medical marijuana is still open.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/2005/06/last_weeks_week.html

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