Thursday, January 11, 2007

A glimmer of hope

I have to admit to watching the Food Channel during the President's address last night. I thought I could handle it a lot better reading it in the paper this morning. Uh-huh.

I read an interview with the new Chair of the House Science Panel, Bart Gordon (D-TN), this morning (thank you, mid-term elections). You will recall the current administration did away with the oversight committee. Gordon commented that he believes the Republicans were stifling some scientific conclusions and looking to staff committees with people who would go along with those conclusions and discourage any opposition. With a top-down Administration, there is a lot of pressure to make conclusions match the preconceived notions of the administration. Here's hoping Gordon's Panel will be able to pick back up the job of reviewing whether or not the Administration is "cooking the books with science." From what I've been reading for the past few years in Science, it's past time for some oversight.

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