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Wired News: Scientists: Bush Distorts Science

I came across a very interesting read regarding the Bush administration and their influence on the scientific community. The article unmasks the bias of so-called "peer-review" that happens when peers are selected or excluded using criteria based not on merit but on the desired outcome of their findings. In this case, the Bush administration seems guilty of trying to influence the process by selecting experts that will back up whatever it is that they wish the outcome to be. Not all scientists are happy about this action.

The Bush administration has distorted scientific fact leading to policy decisions on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry, a group of about 60 scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, an independent organization, also issued a 37-page report, "Scientific Integrity in Policymaking," detailing the accusations. The statement and the report both accuse the Bush administration of distorting and suppressing findings that contradict administration policies, stacking panels with like-minded and underqualified scientists with ties to industry, and eliminating some advisory committees altogether.

The scientists listed various policy issues as being unfairly influenced by the administration, including those concerning climate change, mercury emissions, reproductive health, lead poisoning in children, workplace safety and nuclear weapons.
[Wired News: Scientists: Bush Distorts Science]

:: More on the Union of Concerned Scientists from Science or Google News.

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