White House Responds to UCS Complaint About US Science Policy
The White House last Friday released its response to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists that claims
the administration is distorting and censoring scientific findings that contradict its policies; manipulating the underlying science to align results with predetermined political decisions; and undermining the independence of science advisory panels by subjecting panel nominees to political litmus tests that have little or no bearing on their expertise; nominating non-experts or underqualified individuals from outside the scientific mainstream or with industry ties; as well as disbanding science advisory committees altogether.
The administration response, authored by the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Marburger, is a 20 page, point-by-point rebuttal. The gist:
In this Administration, science strongly informs policy. It is important to remember, however, that even when the science is clear and often it is not it is but one input into the policy process.