US scientists reject interference

– If you want to see what the end of an empire looks like, you don’t have to look too far to see it in subtle clues like this.   Political and religious conservative right-wing types are rotting a nation into mediocrity from within.   They are giving away what was one of the greatest political experiments in human history.  There could be no surer course for sending a nation backwards in time than by bending its scientific findings to conform to religious and/or political aims.

Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process.

The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy.

According to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, data is being misrepresented for political reasons.

It claims scientists working for federal agencies have been asked to change data to fit policy initiatives.

The Union has released an “A to Z” guide that it says documents dozens of recent allegations involving censorship and political interference in federal science, covering issues ranging from global warming to sex education.

Campaigners say that in recent years the White House has been able to censor the work of agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration because a Republican congress has been loath to stand up for scientific integrity.


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