Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lysenkoism

There are many fronts in the current regime's assault on the "reality based community." Tim Montague at Rachel's Environment and Health News has a good summary of corporate assaults on environmental and health sciences under the Bush administration--a kind of hypercapitalist Lysenkoism.

    An ill wind is gusting through the halls of science these days: faked research, suppression of unwelcome results, corruption of science advisory panels, university research falling under the influence of corporate sponsors, and many other conflicts of interest."...

    "Some 6,000 scientists including 48 Nobel laureates, 62 National Medal of Science recipients, and 135 members of the National Academy of Sciences have signed the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) statement, " Restoring Scientific Integrity in Policy Making." The Bush government is certainly not the first to abuse science, but they have raised the stakes and injected ideology like no previous administration. The result is scientific advisory panels stacked with industry hacks, agencies ignoring credible panel recommendations and concerted efforts to undermine basic environmental and conservation biology science."

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