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Republican Suppression of Science

by RonChusid

Whether or not it applies directly to Katrina, The Guardian did look at the politics of suppressing science related to global warming:

Some of America’s leading scientists have accused Republican politicians of intimidating climate-change experts by placing them under unprecedented scrutiny.

A far-reaching inquiry into the careers of three of the US’s most senior climate specialists has been launched by Joe Barton, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and commerce. He has demanded details of all their sources of funding, methods and everything they have ever published.

Mr Barton, a Texan closely associated with the fossil-fuel lobby, has spent his 11 years as chairman opposing every piece of legislation designed to combat climate change.

In other environmental news today, the BBC reports on how human action is increasing the size of the hole in the ozone layer.

3 Responses to “Republican Suppression of Science”

  1. I just got this quote from my Mom, the man was almost prophetic – except he was
    wrong…

    Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952

    Unfortunately Dwight, half a century later, those negligible few are now in power, and their oil interests are sabotaging Science and the environment – on a global scale.
    You were right about them being stupid. It just didn’t stop them.

  2. Oh, BTW, Dwight, it’s YOUR party that is doing this.

  3. Ginny

    They are stupid… stupid… stupid!