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Protecting Science From Politics.
   One of the first things President Obama did after he took office was put  out a memo that basically said: Don’t mess with science. The March 9, 2009, memorandum stated that “political officials should  not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and  conclusions” and said all government agencies should have appropriate  rules and procedures to safeguard the scientific process.
   The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hasbeen coordinating the scientific integrity effort across the government.

"The order that President Obama issued in March of 2009 was a better  job than I could have written myself. It was quite a bold declaration,  and we’re waiting for it to be filled in," says Jeff Ruch, a lawyer with  Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group that helps  scientists who feel they’re under political pressure.
The Complaint
On  Wednesday, Ruch’s group is testing some of the government’s new  protections by filing a complaint with the Department of the Interior in  Washington,  D.C. Earlier this year, it was the first government agency  to set up a new system for protecting science.
Ruch’s  complaint alleges that federal officials with the Bureau of Land  Management hired researchers to do a major review of all the different  environmental impacts on a half-dozen regions in the Western U. S., but  directed the scientists to exclude livestock grazing from the analysis.
Government  officials said they didn’t include livestock grazing in the review  because they didn’t have the appropriate data. But Ruch doesn’t buy it.  He says livestock grazing on public land is a touchy subject because any  restrictions would affect ranchers.
"To us,  this is exactly the sort of abuse that the White House directive was  designed to prevent," says Ruch. "And so we will file a formal  complaint, under one of the few policies that exist."

To fudge results from tests paid for by Americans? That is called corruption. Religion is bad, right wing is bad, science is a quest for knowledge = good!

Protecting Science From Politics.

   One of the first things President Obama did after he took office was put out a memo that basically said: Don’t mess with science. The March 9, 2009, memorandum stated that “political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions” and said all government agencies should have appropriate rules and procedures to safeguard the scientific process.

   The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hasbeen coordinating the scientific integrity effort across the government.

"The order that President Obama issued in March of 2009 was a better job than I could have written myself. It was quite a bold declaration, and we’re waiting for it to be filled in," says Jeff Ruch, a lawyer with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group that helps scientists who feel they’re under political pressure.

The Complaint

On Wednesday, Ruch’s group is testing some of the government’s new protections by filing a complaint with the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, it was the first government agency to set up a new system for protecting science.

Ruch’s complaint alleges that federal officials with the Bureau of Land Management hired researchers to do a major review of all the different environmental impacts on a half-dozen regions in the Western U. S., but directed the scientists to exclude livestock grazing from the analysis.

Government officials said they didn’t include livestock grazing in the review because they didn’t have the appropriate data. But Ruch doesn’t buy it. He says livestock grazing on public land is a touchy subject because any restrictions would affect ranchers.

"To us, this is exactly the sort of abuse that the White House directive was designed to prevent," says Ruch. "And so we will file a formal complaint, under one of the few policies that exist."

To fudge results from tests paid for by Americans? That is called corruption. Religion is bad, right wing is bad, science is a quest for knowledge = good!

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