[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

GLIN==> NYT article: Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies



Title: NYT article: Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies
See the complete story online at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/science/AP-Bush-Science.html

From the New York Times

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 22, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science expressed concern Sunday that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don't support policy positions.

The speakers also said that Bush's proposed 2005 federal budget is slashing spending for basic research and reducing investments in education designed to produce the nation's future scientists.

And there also was concern that increased restrictions and requirements for obtaining visas is diminishing the flow to the U.S. of foreign-born science students who have long been a major part of the American research community.

Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, said the Bush administration has cut scientists out of some of the policy-making processes, particularly on environmental issues.

``In previous administrations, scientists were always at the table when regulations were being developed,'' she said. ``Science never had the last voice, but it had a voice.''

Issues on global warming, for instance, that achieved a firm scientific consensus in earlier years are now being questioned by Bush policy makers. Proven, widely accepted research is being ignored or disputed, she said... See the complete story online at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/science/AP-Bush-Science.html


-- 
Elizabeth LaPorte, Communications Director & Education Program Co-Leader
Michigan Sea Grant College Program, www.miseagrant.umich.edu
Communications Director, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Phone: (734) 647-0767, Fax: (734) 647-0768
Address: One Great Lakes Plaza, 401 E. Liberty St., TCF - Suite 330
Ann Arbor, MI  48104-2298