Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2008

Scientists complain about political pressure

April 24, 2008


— Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists say they have been pressured by superiors to skew their findings, according to a survey released Wednesday by an advocacy group.

The Union of Concerned Scientists said more than half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists who responded online to a detailed questionnaire reported they had experienced incidents of political interference in their work.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar attributed some of the discontent to the "passion" scientists have toward their work. He said EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, as a longtime career scientist at the EPA himself, "weighs heavily the science given to him by the staff in making policy decisions."

But Francesca Grifo, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Scientific Integrity Program, said the survey results revealed "an agency in crisis" and "under siege from political pressures" especially among scientists involved in risk assessment and crafting regulations.


gr 10 years, 2 months ago

You mean scientists might be bribed or otherwise pressured to compromise their findings even if one can't think of "who" would do the bribing?

bondmen 10 years, 2 months ago

Did I miss LJWorld's review of the film Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed? Maybe its main points hit too close to home. Has the film been banned in Lawrence? Ben Stein points out how political pressure, with its commensurate funding levels and appointed positions, influences what should be open inquiry in science. For those wishing to comment on Expelled the Movie, I recommend:

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