Presents a discussion of how Republican conservative positions on the environment, abortion, evolution, and health and safety regulations have impeded the independence of Federal science agencies and distorted the findings of scientific research.
As the title of his scathing critique makes clear, political writer Chris Mooney believes that the George W. Bush administration's science policy is a politicized one. In Mooney's view, Bush has mounted an unprecedented assault on science and scientists that is designed to circumvent, undermine, manipulate, or undo the progress that scientists in their civic roles have made in recent generations.
Mooney enumerates the large number of policy issues to which science plays a role, including the obvious: evolution, abortion, stem cell research, tobacco, and global warming. He charts the rise of conservatism since the 1970s, and cites a growing drumbeat of public rhetoric that undermined the public's faith in rationality. He references Reagan's Star Wars programs, and cites examples of how government reports have been refashioned to suit particular agendas. Mooney sees a threat from the ever-growing business/government/research complex, which channels huge amounts of funding to select beneficiaries, and he describes a culture of fear that has arisen within the scientific community, in which scientists wonder if they have to pass a litmus test, and worry what will happen if they do not. Mooney piles on the evidence and connects the dots to show that the tradition of free inquiry has been twisted to the point where the Bush administration has virtually hijacked the very word and its definitions,
- History, Science, Political Science
- General, History + Theory, Modern / 21st Century, Public Policy / Environmental Policy, Environmental Science
- August 28, 2006
- August 28, 2006
- Chris Mooney