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[casi] The Busheyeen's Manipulation of Science




http://www.house.gov/reform/min/politicsandscience/

The American people depend upon federal agencies to develop science-based
policies that protect the nationís health and welfare. Recently, however,
leading scientific journals have begun to question whether scientific
integrity at federal agencies has been sacrificed to further a political and
ideological agenda.

At the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the minority staff of the Government
Reform Committee assessed the treatment of science and scientists by the
Bush Administration.

The report Politics and Science in the Bush Administration (.pdf)
http://www.house.gov/reform/min/politicsandscience/pdfs/pdf_politics_and_sci
ence_rep.pdf finds numerous instances where the Administration has
manipulated the scientific process and distorted or suppressed scientific
findings. Beneficiaries include important supporters of the President,
including social conservatives and powerful industry groups.

This website is an ongoing record of interference with science by the Bush
Administration.

 Examples
The Bush Administration has manipulated, distorted, or interfered with
science on health, environmental, and other key issues. Find your issue
below and read more. [How Issues Were Chosen]

Abstinence-Only Education
Agricultural Pollution
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Breast Cancer
Condoms
Drinking Water
Education Policy
Environmental Health
Food Safety
Global Warming
HIV/AIDS
Lead Poisoning
Missile Defense
Oil and Gas
Prescription Drug Advertising
Reproductive Health
Stem Cells
Substance Abuse
Wetlands
Workplace Safety
Yellowstone National Park


Example
Lead Poisoning
In the summer of 2002, CDCís Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning
Prevention was preparing to confront the controversial issue of whether to
expand the diagnosis of lead poisoning to include children with lower levels
of blood lead. For more than a decade, the committee had advised
intervention if levels measured 10 micrograms per deciliter or greater.
While the lead industry has opposed lowering the standard, recent research
has suggested that the cognitive development of children may be impaired at
levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter or lower. As the committee prepared to
consider changing the standard, HHS Secretary Thompson removed or rejected
several qualified scientists and replaced them with lead industry
consultants. More Ľ
http://www.house.gov/reform/min/politicsandscience/example_lead_poisoning.ht
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