I kind of went all out in my latest DeSmogBlog post. It’s a pretty lengthy overview of where the scientific integrity issue now stands, just after John Holdren finally issued his office’s scientific integrity memorandum to the government agencies. Four key summary points that are each elaborated on in the piece:
1. The last administration misused and abused science to a degree unprecedented in modern American politics.
2. President Obama came into office promising to change all of this—to “restore science to its rightful place” in our government and political life. But it hasn’t proven that simple, and not all the problems are “fixed” simply by virtue of this changing of the guard.
3. That said, attacks on the current administration for conducting a “war on science” of its own are overblown. We’re still moving in the right direction.
Bottom Line: The Obama Administration needs to make more progress on scientific integrity. The next two years will be crucial.
You can read the full piece here.