November 21, 2004
SCOPES WAS CONVICTED:
Science wars: The election is over, but the Bush administration's battles with the scientific establishment aren't going away (Chris Mooney, November 21, 2004, Boston Globe)
THE 2004 ELECTION saw an unprecedented political mobilization of America's scientific community. Not only did scientists band together to oppose the reelection of George W. Bush, charging that his administration had systematically abused and manipulated scientific information on a variety of issues and let narrow religious concerns get in the way of potentially life-saving embryonic stem cell research. Scientists also helped fuel the state of California's end run around Bush's restrictive stem cell policy, backing a ballot initiative to invest $3 billion of public funding in the field over 10 years.
In their campaign to unseat Bush, scientists seem to have had limited electoral impact. [...]
However, the Bush administration and Republican Congress could still potentially derail the "therapeutic cloning" side of the California initiative through legislative means. Republican senator Sam Brownback of Kansas has sponsored a bill to ban and criminalize all forms of cloning, even for research purposes. The House version of Brownback's blanket cloning ban passed easily in 2001. If Brownback's bill passes the Republican-controlled Senate, the president has already said he would sign it.
Unprecedented? When hasn't science been politicized? Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2004 4:55 PM