A Critical Science Moment for the Obama Administration

By Chris Mooney | December 22, 2010 2:42 pm

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.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

Comments (2)

  1. Why did it take two years to draft this memo? At this rate, this presidency will be half-over before this comes into effect.

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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