Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Has Bush Administration politicized science more than previous administrations?

The NY Times reported yesterday that Phillip Cooney, the CEQ chief of staff, edited the descriptions of climate change scientific research in government reports in a way that downplayed the link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.  Mr. Cooney formerly previously served as a American Petroleum Institute lobbyist on climate change.

Question 1:  Do you believe that the Bush Administration has politicized science to a far greater extent than previous administrations? 

Question 2: What are the best devices to check the politicization of science?

Link: Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming - New York Times.

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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.

Posted by: Bill Funk | Jun 10, 2005 3:01:48 AM