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10,000 US Researchers Protest Political Interference

A statement signed by 10,000 U.S. researchers and backed by some 52 Nobel laureates is being submitted to Congress in hopes of returning “integrity” to government policy as it relates to certain areas of scientific research.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the recently overturned Republican majority did nothing to prevent executive censoring of government findings on topics from nutrition to climate change. The petitioning researchers are particularly concerned about NASA climatologist James Hensen’s allegations that some of his work on the topic of global warming has been “censored” from the media by the Bush White House.

The BBC reports:

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.

How interesting that serious researchers in this, the freest society on the planet, are being forced to deal with such political oppression whenever their work contradicts the aims or the justifications of powerful agendas. Unfortunately, these men and women are experiencing firsthand one of the most fundamental axioms of modern American democracy: that intellectuals are free to say whatever they please so long as they don’t say that.


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 12/14/06 at 4:10 am

    Well caught, what an interesting piece. Scientific McCarthyism in this day and age, in America. Of particular concern as you note is the skewing and/ or censoring of climate change research, but it seems more wide-ranging than this topic of utmost importance, and to attract the sigs of 10 000 researchers …

  2. homeyra said, on 12/14/06 at 5:20 pm

    Very interesting information, I will link to it later.

  3. Bluebear2 said, on 12/15/06 at 8:52 pm

    A while back I wrote an article at my Lair
    regarding this issue as it applies to Global Warming.
    I see you stopped by, but here is a the link for others who may be interested.

  4. Bluebear2 said, on 12/15/06 at 8:54 pm

    Do your comments accept Html code such as “a href= “?

  5. peoplesgeography said, on 12/15/06 at 10:04 pm

    BlueBair, thanks for the link and what a good opportunity to visit your lair again. Hope this html link sequence helps:

  6. peoplesgeography said, on 12/15/06 at 10:04 pm

    LOL it came up as “insert text” – I’ll email it to you!

  7. Curtis said, on 12/17/06 at 8:18 am

    Yes, bluebear, I remember that piece well, and thank you for the link!
    The comments section should accept html (thanks, Ann.)

  8. Bluebear2 said, on 12/18/06 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks Ann and Curt – I wasn’t sure and didn’t want to leave a long line of code if it didn’t work.

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