The Obama Administration Again Becomes “The Most Scientific Administration…. Ever”… Errr….

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Oh, it’s all about the Climate Change thingy:

These guidelines may help prevent situations where political ideology interferes with the communication of scientific information, according to Neal Lane, a professor of public policy at Rice University. These incidents included the editing of an Environmental Protection Agency report to the point where it glossed over the risks of climate change.

“Those are the kinds of things that should not ever happen in any administration, whatever the party is,” he told LiveScience. “These agencies are large complex organizations with many layers and sometimes you can find people who don’t know the science in a position to influence what the agency puts out about the science.”

Translation:

“Crap! The public is losing interest in Global Warming Hysteria, and we have to do something about it!!!”.

Note that this “New Policy” does not address this administration’s habit of altering it’s own reports and exaggerate claims to forward policy. Note also that they will never consider using peer reviewed literature that does not seem in lock step with the alarmist point of view, such as this, or this. These peer reviewed papers and reflections on this complex issue are swept aside as they don’t support the standard eco-extremist policy.

And then there’s this:

Michael McPhaden, president of the American Geophysical Union and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration scientist, lauded the guidelines emphasis on peer review, transparency, and the lifting of restrictions on government scientists’ activities in professional societies.

Uhm, there’s a reason that restriction was in place, to prevent the influence of government on scientific endeavors, and vise versa. What this does is give cover to government scientists such as James Hansen, who was already breaking the rules and advocating for policy, a dangerous formula, as they are looked at as being the top scientists in their field.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

I’m not sure we’ve ever had a more forward thinking President since Dwight D Eisenhower.

And one more thing…. twenty to one says “The Most Scientific Administration Ever” will use this abomination of an AP “Global Warming Is Destroying The Earth” story to promote it’s policy. Just you watch.