Tuesday, May 5, 2015

‘Politically Driven Science’ And The GOP-Driven US House Of Representatives

Emily DeMarco at Science Magazine poses the question: Under what circumstances would the US House of Representatives hold a committee subpanel meeting on alleged malfeasance in a scientific matter, but neglect to call even one single scientist to appear before the subpanel... not even any of the scientists accused of misconduct?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
"Darn laxative failed again..."
Representative Louie Gohmert (R–TX) is worried that scientists employed by the U.S. government have been running roughshod over the rights of Americans in pursuit of their personal political goals. So this week Gohmert, the chair of the oversight and investigations subpanel of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee, held a hearing to explore “the consequences of politically driven science.” Notably absent, however, were any scientists, including those alleged to have gone astray.

Right... we should have known that omission would have been the (ir)responsibility of Rep. Louie "Goober" Gohmert (R-TX). What a guy. He'd be entertaining if he weren't so dangerous as he climbs the political ladder. And I think this committee needs a formal slogan, perhaps this one: "It must have been an oversight..."

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