War on Science, EPA edition

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt (image via Science Magazine article)

The Grumpy Geophysicist is too kind. “It is hard not to look at these actions and them as ostrich-like in trying to avoid hearing things you don’t want to hear.” No; the target is not what they get to hear, so much as what we get to hear. they just don’t want scientific advances that generate news stories about inconvenient facts like global warming or pollution

The Grumpy Geophysicist

UPDATE: Science has a piece fully explaining this latest expulsion of academic science from the EPA.

Some time ago, GG suggested that what many were taking as a “war on science” was more a war on particular parts of science, that the offenders were in fact exploiting science where it was financially remunerative and opposing it where it wasn’t. But actions at the Environmental Protection Agency really look like outright war on science, period.

Consider these actions:

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About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on November 2, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Science is woven into the lifestyle of the rich western modern world . It has not proved so miraculous to one third of the global population who live ( survive might be better) on $2 per day. As with all advances the rich get the lions share of the advantages. Those of us who are lucky enough to have been born into the top two or three percent of incomes have had our lives transformed with : electric power constant entertainment , motor cars , aeroplanes , central heating , health care etc etc. Among this top elite , which is about 150 million, live the men and awoken in question , some in the war on science from fear they might loose what they have , others hoping science will find a way to prop up human civilisation. Both these groups want all that science can offer but some are aware we might just have to curtail our technical appetites.
    Already Europe is feeling the pressure of a wave of poor migrants who want a share and plans are afoot to lock them out before they spoil our lives. Is it not slightly ironic that twenty million Indians defecate in the open with no toilets while we prepare to colonize Mars ?


  2. At least Sam Clovis dropped out, but I am sure they can find someone even worse.


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