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Dems Introduce Bill to Protect Science Research From Political Interference
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50306"><span class="small">Rachel Frazin, The Hill</span></a>   
Sunday, 17 March 2019 08:28

Frazin writes: "Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent political interference with public science research amid what they called 'President Trump's multi-agency assault.'"

Senator Brian Schatz. (photo: Greg Nash)
Senator Brian Schatz. (photo: Greg Nash)


Dems Introduce Bill to Protect Science Research From Political Interference

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill

17 March 19

 

en. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent political interference with public science research amid what they called "President Trump's multi-agency assault."

The lawmakers said in a press release that political interference has been a "longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency" in the current administration. 

Provisions in the "Science Integrity Act" intend to make it so that political considerations do not factor into scientific conclusions, to prohibit the suppression of scientific findings and to allow scientists to answer media inquiries about their work without prior agency approval.

“Independent, rigorous scientific research is one of the most powerful tools we have for advancing the public interest and keeping the American people safe,” Tonko said in the statement. 

“President Trump’s multi-agency assault on environmental standards has hinged on efforts to distort, bury and even rewrite credible public scientific findings, including his absurd denial of the growing climate crisis and efforts to cover up evidence that the American people are being exposed to dangerous toxins," he added. 

Schatz in the statement said that we are facing "unprecedented times" for science.  

"While it’s not the first time it has been under attack, this time feels worse," he said. "That’s why we need to answer the call of our times and stand up for science.”

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+10 # indian weaving 2019-03-17 09:48
Significant reductions in NSF funding has driven USA's scientists from the USA, many moving to France to continue their research. This is part of the dumbing down of the USA by Evangelicals and Rapture proponents lead by Pence, among others, all anti-science / pro Armageddon. The GOP is trashing the intellectual and scientific base of the USA for its own purposes.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2019-03-18 06:22
Quoting indian weaving 2019-03-17 09:48:
Significant reductions in NSF funding has driven USA's scientists from the USA, many moving to France to continue their research. This is part of the dumbing down of the USA by Evangelicals and Rapture proponents lead by Pence, among others, all anti-science / pro Armageddon. The GOP is trashing the intellectual and scientific base of the USA for its own purposes.

- Dems Introduce Bill to Protect Science Research From Political Interference
By Rachel Frazin, The Hill
17 March 19

or, in other words -

against science! THE KNOW-NOTHING EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2019-03-18 06:32
how simply astounding is it that science must be protected from self-appointed biblic revisionist??
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-03-17 13:16
Well, surprise, the undereducated finally have a "voice" in Trump. You wouldn't want one of them pointy-headed individuals running the country would you???? Take that Mr. Smarty Pants.
 
 
+1 # John Sgammato 2019-03-17 17:14
Never mind "pointy-headed" and "Mr Smarty" - Do please remember that the most stupid citizen of our republic still has "inalienable right" to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", and the right to vote. Your job is to convince them that your vision for America is better than Fox News or any other vision. And "if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow". Become their ally, engage them and win them over to a brighter vision.
 
 
0 # economagic 2019-03-18 11:47
Good points all. Any specific suggestions on how we go about that given that we have 30 years to remake society and the global economy, and 10-12 years to return even to the inadequate trajectory of the Paris Accord? We have all been endorsing that principle at least since 2016, but with little effect. I consider myself an optimist, but people whose entire worldview is founded upon a belief that myths from 2,000-5,000 years ago are all we need to know are loathe to abandon it and simply point to the myths when shown evidence to the contrary. I'm thinking we shall have to move forward without them.