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Friday July 14, 2006
07:34 AM

Your science has no mouth and it must scream

[ #30282 ]

Phil Plait :

In March, I wrote about (Democratic Representative) Brad Miller looking into science suppression in government-funded agencies. Miller went farther this week, introducing an amendment to a bill that would basically prevent the government from punishing whistle-blowers who want to report any suppression of scientific findings that were made using government funding. The bill was to formally recognize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a government agency, and was being considered by the House Science Committee. […] This seems like a good idea to me, especially since the government has been suppressing scientific findings for some time now, and more allegations of it surface on a weekly basis. In fact, there have been issues with the NOAA specifically about the government suppressing global warming findings.

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The amendment was rejected, 17-13. Every no vote was from a Republican. Every yes vote was from a Democrat.

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  • What I want to know is why the Republicans voted against this. I'm seeing a few possibilities.

    Bullies
    They really aren't that keen on limiting the government's ability to intimidate people.
    Petulant
    They don't want to show support for an initiative started by a Democrat.
    Prostitutes
    They're so busy giving figurative blowjobs to their corporate sponsors that they they want to reassure nervous business people that the Republicans are still in the business of suppressing information which might
    • I'm betting on "herd mentality": if you want to be re-elected, stick with the herd.

      I also believe most if not all the democrats voted yes for the same reason.

      • I do agree with the herd-mentality, but that still means someone needs to lead the herd. Who was that and why?