Friday, March 20, 2009

Memorandum On Scientific Integrity

In case you haven't seen this yet, this was signed by President Barack Obama and directed at all federal agency.

I don't mind admitting that I got goosebumps reading it. Why? After an atmosphere of having science being suppressed during the last 8 years, this administration at least is attempted to base its relevant decision on established science. But it also goes beyond that. The memo wants to make it transparent enough so that the public will know on what scientific basis these decisions are made. Here, at the very least, if something was decided based on still controversial aspect of science, we will know how it was based on, which is all that we ask for. What scientific report did an agency used to recommend the ethanol use, for example, as an energy saver?

There are just so many things to like so far as far as decisions on science from this new administration.


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