Pandora's Box - Bringing Science into Politics: The Debate on Scientific Integrity in U.S. Policymaking

bridges vol. 5, April 2005 / Feature Article
by Philipp Steger

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"We are witnessing an assault on the basic principle that science should inform policy, not echo a political agenda," claimed Congressman Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California, before a group of science writers on February 14, 2005. Waxman's statement was made at the annual conference of the national association of science writers (NASW) and preceded an address given by John Marburger, science advisor to President George W. Bush [see article in this bridges issue "John Marburger: A Practical Scientist Advising the President"]. In his speech, John Marburger did not refer at all to Waxman's unequivocal criticism of the administration.


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