Ending the war on science?

By | March 12, 2009

President Obama made good on a campaign promise today by announcing a plan to raise the level of scientific integrity in policymaking – but the guy who is supposed to flesh out the plan is still stuck in Senate confirmation limbo.

Word about Obama’s presidential memorandum on scientific integrity came as the president signed a separate executive order loosening the White House’s limits on stem cell research.

“Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it is also about protecting free and open inquiry,” Obama said during today’s signing ceremony. “It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”

Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told The Associated Press that the turnout for the ceremony included “more happy scientists than I’ve seen” at the White House during his 30 years in Washington.

via Ending the war on science? – Cosmic Log – msnbc.com.

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