Bush league science again

Bush league science again

Bush league science again

Bad Astronomy
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Oct. 24 2007 12:13 PM

Bush league science again

George Bush is a criminal against humanity. It's just that simple.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

His Administration is trying to censor information about how global warming will affect the spread of disease:

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Testimony that the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to give yesterday to a Senate committee about the impact of climate change on health was significantly edited by the White House, according to two sources familiar with the documents.

Specific scientific references to potential health risks were removed after Julie L. Gerberding submitted a draft of her prepared remarks to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

Instead, Gerberding's prepared testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee included few details on what effects climate change could have on the spread of disease. Only during questioning did the director of the government's premier disease-monitoring agency describe any specific diseases likely to be affected, again without elaboration.

At what point do you draw the line for outrage? Not when stem cell research is crippled? Not when a diagnosis is given from the Senate floor and then lied about? Not when lies are spread about the efficacy of a safe, clean contraceptive, and opposite lies are spread about abstinence? How about the support of creationism, and the extreme weakening -- I would call it the near-total destruction --- of the wall between Church and State?

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When do you finally get outraged?

I've been outraged for years, and I'm tired of it. That's why I'm doing something about it. I write about it, and I write my political representatives about it.

Outrage is catalyst. It takes the fuel of logic and the necessity of action and makes them easier to combine. So be outraged, and take action. Make Congress get off their butts and do something about this.

Hat tip to C&L and Carpetbagger.